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. Noises Off
If you’re a fan of Mischief Theatre’s side-splitting efforts The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, you should drop in on the original backstage farce Noises Off, which enjoys a West End revival this year.
First staged 40 years ago, this comedic caper follows the disastrous on and off-stage antics of an am-dram society as they prepare for their new show. With a starry cast including The Kumars’ Meera Syal and Miranda’s Sarah Hadland, Noises Off will definitely have you rolling in the aisles. Just don’t tell the cast to break a leg… they might just take it literally!
Where: Garrick Theatre
Age Recommendation: 12+
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+
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 Hoses 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+
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+
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+