"Just the thing to cheer us up"
-Evening Standard-

"A modern comedy classic"
-The Upcoming-

"Katherine Parkinson is hilarious"
-The Guardian-

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About the show

Terry Johnson’s side-splitting play Dead Funny has returned to the London stage for a strictly limited West End run at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. The play stars Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton & Ralph Little and began performances on 27th October 2016.

The play follows Eleanor and her husband Richard. Eleanor wants to try for a baby, however Richard is too busy being president of the Dead Funny Society, a club that celebrates dead comedians. After a recent death, they hold a celebratory wake, throughout which two marriages are slowly breaking down. The perfect combination of custard-pie fights and home truths.

Dead Funny is a deviously comic look at how we define and use humour. It was first premiered in 1994 with Zoe Wanamaker playing the role of Eleanor. The fantastic ensemble piece which brilliant combined side-splitting humour and incredibly emotive moments, won a huge range of awards when it debuted, including the Time Out Drama Award, the Writers Guild Award for Best West End Play and the Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best Play.

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) will take the lead role of Eleanor, with Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Psychoville) as Brian and Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) as Nick. This all-star cast is completed by Emily Berrington (Humans, The Inbetweeners 2) as Lisa and Rufus Jones (Hunderby, W1A) as Richard.

Terry Johnson is a critically acclaimed director and playwright who has become much loved over countless years for his brilliantly funny work, for which he has been bestowed countless major theatre awards. His plays Hysteria and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick have both won Olivier Awards for Best Comedy.

This brilliant, hilarious and moving ensemble piece with its award winning director and all-star cast has come to London’s Vaudeville Theatre in autumn 2016. Dead Funny had its official opening on 3rd November 2016, with previews having began on 27th October 2016 and performances scheduled to run until 4th February 2017.

Who Should See It?

Brilliantly funny and fantastically moving, Terry Johnson’s work is something that simply must be experienced by any comedy fan. Dead Funny became a firm audience favourite when it was first performed in 1994 and if you didn’t get a chance to see it then, you should make sure to experience it now.
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Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

27th Oct 2016

30th Nov 2023

4th Feb 2017

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)


Suitable for ages 15+