Top Five Funniest West End Shows

With a bigger variety of shows on the West End than ever before, we’ve put together a list of the top five funniest shows in London that are guaranteed to get even the most miserable theatregoer cracking a smile!

5. & Juliet

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Whilst not a strict “comedy”, & Juliet does not hesitate to bring the laughs. This entirely modern take on The Bard creates a sequel to Romeo and Juliet in which Juliet survives and sets off to start carving out her own life. A meta-narrative involves Shakespeare himself and wife Anne Hathaway bickering over creative differences and all this is to a soundtrack of Max Martin-penned hits from the likes of Britney, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson.

The dialogue is snappy and fresh, with plenty of historical quips and good banter between characters. As Juliet’s situation becomes ever more mixed up, the laughs become the only thing nearly as big as the dance numbers. This show epitomises the genre of “musical comedy.”

Where: Shaftesbury Theatre

Age Recommendation: 6+

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4. The Play That Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre’s original farce continues to reign supreme as one of London’s funniest shows! Playing to packed-out audiences every night, the production follows the ill-fated Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to put on a very serious murder mystery. Unfortunately, things could not go worse for the clumsy thespians, as cast disputes, hilariously bad effects and set malfunctions cause the show to come wildly off the rails.

An Olivier Award-winning comedy that continues to stand the test of time, The Play That Goes Wrong guarantees laughter so strong that you will be physically doubled-over! A perfect show for those who love a traditional slapstick comedy.

Where: Duchess Theatre

Age Recommendation: 8+

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3. Only Fools and Horses the Musical

Lovely jubbly! Classic comedy Only Fools and Horses gets the musical treatment at Theatre Royal Haymarket, as writers Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan bring the gang back together.

Following Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad and co. as they get up to their usual antics in Peckham, Only Fools and Horses the Musical combines the humour and charm of the television show with brand new songs that will have you laughing your socks off.

If you wants a right old knees-up at the theatre, this is the perfect blend of cockney comedy and hilarious tunes, perfect for anyone who loved the original series.

Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket

Age Recommendation: 8+

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2. Magic Goes Wrong

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It’s hardly surprising that we have another Mischief Theatre show on this list. Magic Goes Wrong carries their tradition of finely-honed slapstick and masterful comic timing, but adds a touch of magic to the mix! This new comic masterpiece was co-created with legendary illusionists Penn & Teller to ensure the magic is as impressive as the jokes are hilarious!

Magic Goes Wrong depicts an attempted charity gala by a troupe of stage magicians. As ego and incompetence get in the way, all of their grand illusions, well…go wrong!

For chaotic fun and a constant barrage of belly-laughs, don’t miss Magic Goes Wrong in its new home at the Apollo Theatre.

Where: Apollo Theatre

Age Recommendation: 11+

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1. The Book of Mormon

Holding the top spot of the West End’s funniest shows is the genius, irreverent, side-splitting The Book of Mormon, which has been entertaining audiences since 2013 at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. This outrageous musical follows an unlikely Mormon duo as they are sent to Uganda to carry out their mission to help the local people see the light.

Featuring a well-known score that includes songs such as “You and Me (But Mostly Me)”, “Hasa Diga Eebowai”, “Turn it Off” and “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” amongst many, many others, The Book of Mormon is guaranteed to leave you in stitches. Created by South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, this naughty musical is not recommended for those who are easily offended… But we love it!

Where: Prince of Wales Theatre

Age Recommendation: 18+

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