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COMEDY PLAYS & PRODUCTIONS IN MANCHESTER

Why These Fools?

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Sunday 14 July 2024
Why These Fools? is a brand new improvised comedy show exclusive to the Bolton Comedy Festival, starring a cast of award-winning comedic talent.  Rufus Hound, Suki Webster, Andre Vincent and Sally Hodgkiss will be joining forces for an hou...

John Robertson's The Dark Room

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester
Sunday 14 July 2024
Come and play the world's only live-action text based adventure game in the critically-acclaimed cult comedy that mixes gaming and improv into one unique choose-your-own-adventure gameshow. After 4 million YouTube hits, countless 5 star rev...

The Importance of Being Earnest

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Monday 15 - Saturday 27 July 2024
This timeless tale of identity, opulence and sharp-tongued wit follows the lives of the rich and ridiculous, all looking for something to do, someone to love and somewhere to belong. For Jack and Algernon, being young and rich isn't easy. I...

Revival of the Fittest

The Empty Space, Salford
Friday 19 - Saturday 20 July 2024
Revival of the Fittest takes '80s and '90s British cult comedy classics and revamps it for a modern day stage, a showreel of sketches throughout the decades.  This show is about one thing... having a bloody good laugh! The show isn't afrai...

Xs Malarkey Edinburgh Previews - Early Start: Olga Koch & Seymour Mace

53two, Manchester
Tuesday 23 July 2024
It's preview season! That means two hour (ish) long shows from comedian's working out their Edinburgh shows. This week:OLGA KOCHSEYMOUR MACETHIS IS AN EARLY START SHOW! Doors: 7pmShow starts: 7.30pmA minimum of just ?3 for members and ?6 fo...

Josh Thomas - Let's Tidy Up

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 27 July 2024
This is a show where Australian comedian Josh tidies up. Tidying up is not normally the stuff of gripping drama, it wouldn't be a propulsive narrative for most people but for Josh it's Everest, a fundamentally impossible task, like trying t...

La Voix

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Saturday 27 July 2024
Direct from the West End, come and see the UK's best drag queen and Britain's funniest redhead swing into town with her most ambitious show yet. This brand-new show promises an evening like no other, with huge live vocals, a live band and ...

Lady Bushra - Drag Comedy Cabaret

Pot Kettle Black Angel Gardens, Manchester
Saturday 27 July - Saturday 21 December 2024
Join the BBC New Comedy Award shortlisted drag comedian Lady Bushra - the brainchild of British Asian Bradford comedian Amir - known for her viral digital content and one liners. Get ready to hear about life from a British South Asian per...

Friend (The One With Gunther)

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 28 July 2024
James Seabright presents Brendan Murphy's Worldwide Comedy Award Winner. One barista, seventy minutes, ten seasons. The entire 236 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, FRIENDS, retold through the eyes of Gunther, Central Perk's very own 'sevent...

Off The Rails Comedy Club Saddleworth

The Royal George, Oldham
Sunday 28 July - Sunday 29 September 2024
Tez Ilyas and Dan Tiernan preview their brand new tour shows at Off The Rails Comedy Club Saddleworth Scroll down for comedians details. Preview shows are works in progress. Acts subject to change. Fully seated. 18+ Proper sweary, swearing....

Xs Malarkey Edinburgh Previews: Robin Morgan

53two, Manchester
Tuesday 30 July 2024
This week:ROBIN MORGANPlus others! Maybe a preview, maybe some shorter spots, who knows. A minimum of just ?3 for members and ?6 for normal people- we keep tickets as low as possible to keep shows accessible, but if you can afford to pay mo...

Horrible Histories - Rotten Royals

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Sunday 4 August 2024
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So Horrible Histories is back in 2024 with revolting rulers and mad monarchs from Britain'sbarmypast! Would you be wooed by Richard the Lionheart? Are you ready for a...

Heatons Comedy Evening. Stockport

The Heatons Sports Club, Stockport
Sunday 4 August - Sunday 1 September 2024
Tez Ilyas AND Mark Thomas preview their brand new shows at Stockport?s longest running comedy club. Acts subject to change. Fully seated. 18+ Proper sweary swearing. We want all our guests to have a great night so please respect those aroun...

My Son's A Queer (But What Can You Do)

HOME, Manchester
Monday 19 - Sunday 25 August 2024
HOME are thrilled to announce the sensational, award-winning production My Son's a Queer, (But what can you do?) will take the stage this summer ahead of Manchester PRIDE, as the acclaimed production makes its glittering debut in Manchester...

Faulty Towers - The Original Dining Experience

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Sunday 25 August 2024
Interactive Theatre's globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out at venues like Edinburgh Fringe, Raffles Singapore and Sydney Opera House. When the audience become diners in the 'Faulty Towers' restaurant and are served by Ba...

Gary Meikle 'no Refunds' Saddleworth

The Royal George, Oldham
Sunday 25 August 2024
Gary Meikle is back with another self-written, self-deprecating show to leave you all short of breath. Expect updates on his ever-growing, much smarter granddaughter, Gracie, what it was like being a 14-year-old hormonal boy, overtly femini...

Basil Brush Unleashed

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Wednesday 28 August 2024
Showbiz legend, national treasure, fox. Children of the 2000's, 1970's (and everything in-between) this one's for you as Basil goes prime time! Join him as he takes to the road following his much-talked about and totally sold out run at l...

The Golden Gays

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Monday 2 September 2024
Direct from Off-Broadway, Las Vegas, and London, the premiere live-singing Golden Girls Drag Troupe touring internationally, The Golden Gays! Picture it: Sophia Petrillo has gone missing! Your favourite pals and confidants Dorothy, Blanche,...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Friday 6 September - Saturday 12 October 2024
This electrifying adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Stef O'Driscoll is a whirlwind of sweaty dance-offs and drum and bass love anthems, celebrating the vibrant tapestry of Manchester's contemporary rave scene. The Palace n...

Margaret Thatcher - Queen of Soho

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 September 2024
Maggie returns in her smash hit drag extravaganza! Following four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK tours and a West End season, the Iron Lady is back and more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lo...

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 10 September 2024
Now celebrating 25 years touring in the UK after first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989, The Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK. Featuring a cast of 16 male Th...

The Book of Mormon

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 11 September - Saturday 5 October 2024
The New York Times calls it 'The best musical of this century.' The Washington Post says, 'It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.' And Entertainment Weekly raves, 'Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.' It's Th...

Gwyneth Goes Skiing

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 11 - Saturday 21 September 2024
After sell-out London runs, critical acclaim, a U.S. transfer and a run at Edinburgh Fringe, join harbingers of queer chaos Awkward Productions (Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story), as they transform the theatre into Deer Valley Ski Resort....

Danny Beard

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 15 September 2024
Descibed by Graham Norton as "high fashion, hilarious and hairy! What's not to love?", the Liverpool-born, Manchester-living winner of RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. is hitting the road with the Straight Expectations tour! Join multi-award winni...

The History Boys

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Monday 16 - Saturday 21 September 2024
Written by Alan Bennett and Directed by Su Mowat for Altrincham Garrick, set in the 1980's, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university.  Their mave...

Blackpool, What a Shit Place To Die

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September 2024
An award-winning, one-man show, which has toured extensively in the UK and has been featured on the BBC, ITV and in the Manchester Evening News. The dark comedy is inspired by real events in the life of Oldham actor Mark Newsome and is writ...

Ruby Wax

St Helens Theatre Royal, St Helens
Friday 20 September - Friday 18 October 2024
  After a complete sell-out first run in 2023, Ruby Wax's rawest, darkest, funniest and most compelling stage show yet announces brand new dates for 2024, thanks to enormous demand. 'I'm Not As Well As I Thought I Was' is Ruby's first tou...

Garry Starr - Classic Penguins

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 21 September 2024
Literature! Literature! Literature! It might not rhyme with anything but it's still very important. Having already saved everything else, Garry Starr is back and this time he's hell-bent on saving books from extinction by performing every P...

Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 21 September 2024
Pit your wits against Jessica B. Fletcher at this interactive screening of an episode of Murder, She Wrote. Can you solve the crime before Cabot Cove's best amateur sleuth? Celebrating all things 80s television mysteries had to offer - con...

COMEDYSPORTZ

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 21 September 2024 - Saturday 22 February 2025
You've seen football. You've seen tennis. But have you seen Comedy as a sport? Then you don't want to miss this all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy show! Two teams battle it out for laughs with quick-witted gags, games, ...

King Arthur

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 September 2024
Award-winning funny men, Le Navet Bete, return to the stage with a a brand-new laugh-out-loud show for theatre. This hilarious retelling of the Arthurian legends, suitable for the whole family, will have audiences crying with laughter and b...

Husk

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 September 2024
Written by Rupert Hill and Directed by Jospeh Houston, Husk is a dark, twisting tale of violence, love, addiction and revenge delivered with a dose of black humour. Ray has just been released from a long stretch behind bars.  Homeles...

Comedy Night Live With Headliner Stephen Bailey

St Oswalds Club, Warrington
Saturday 28 September 2024
SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2024. Comedy Night Live is back at St Oswalds Social Club in Padgate, Warrington with a quality line up of 3 fantastic professional comedians alongside your brilliant host and compere Bobby Murdock. Headline Act Step...

Blue Man Group

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 2 - Sunday 6 October 2024
AEG Artistic Presents is thrilled to announce that Blue Man Group's Bluevolution World Tour will be returning to the UK in 2024. At Blue Man Group, audiences of all ages will rock, laugh and party as three bald and blue characters explore t...

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

The Albert Halls, Bolton
Thursday 3 - Friday 4 October 2024
Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a twisted, dark and hilarious comedy drama that tells the story of Rita and Sue, two working class girls from a rundown Bradford council estate who are about to finish their final year at school. In their spare time...

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 4 October 2024
Now celebrating 25 years touring in the UK after first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989, The Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK. Featuring a cast of 16 male Th...

The Magic Of Terry Pratchettt

Waterside, Manchester
Friday 4 October 2024
Join author and comedian Marc Burrows on a journey through the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett, based on his Locus Award-winning biography and officially endorsed by the author's estate. Explore Pratchett's life, influences, impact, wi...

The Exploding Heads - Colin From Portsmouth

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 6 October 2024
Online sensations and stars of hit podcast Sports Horn, The Exploding Heads (aka Anthony Richardson and Mark Davison), bring their characters to life on stage for the first time in their debut national tour. Former professional footballer t...

LOL : Ladies Of Laughter - Manchester Women In Comedy Festival

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester
Sunday 6 October 2024
The Ladies Of Laughter are back, flexing their female funny muscles especially for you! This hit tour returns for a night made for everybody (whatever your pronoun) so round up your friends & family and join us for a guaranteed night of hil...
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