Top Five Funniest West End Shows
With a bigger variety of shows on the West End than ever before, we have 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. Snow White
After the Olivier Award-winning success of Dick Whittington, pantomime returns once more to the West End’s London Palladium, with a spectacular, star-studded production of Snow White! Playing for a strictly limited festive season, the all-star cast features comic Kings and Queens such as Dawn French as The Wicked Queen and Julian Clary as The Man in the Mirror, alongside familiar faces Nigel Havers, Paul Zerdin and Gary Wilmot. Strictly sensations Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry are also set to tear up the floor! Following the well-known story of the fairest beauty in the land, Snow White promises to be yet another hilarious production packed full of gags for grown-ups and little ones, as well as plenty of mishaps and the traditional panto humour that we all know and love! You would be foolish to miss out! Oh no you wouldn’t… Oh yes you would!
Where: London Palladium
Age Recommendation: No under 3’s
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+
3. Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit
After a hugely successful national tour, comic genius Bill Bailey arrives in the West End with his latest hilarious show Larks in Transit. Combining witty anecdotes with his signature musical style, the comedian documents his travel tales, pooling stories from over 20 years of escapades. Last seen in London with Limboland, Bill Bailey is well-known for his appearances on several panel shows, as well as working on screen in Black Books and Hot Fuzz. Guaranteed to be a hilarious and bizarre adventure into the tales of one of Britain’s best-loved and award-winning comedians, Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit will appeal to lovers of stand-up and comedy alike.
Where: Wyndham’s Theatre
Age Recommendation: Not suitable for children
2. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Mischief Theatre’s hilarious The Comedy About a Bank Robbery continues to entertain London audiences, following a group of dastardly villains who attempt to rob a diamond from under the nose of a sleeping security guard. In a similar style to the theatre company’s previous productions, this show sees a whole bundle of misunderstandings, mishaps and masquerading result in a catastrophic conclusion. Featuring a startling array of impressive effects, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is a laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy that takes the humour of The Play That Goes Wrong up a notch. Perfect for those who love a traditional farce with plenty of physical humour!
Where: Criterion Theatre
Age Recommendation: 10+
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+