Dead Funny

Vaudeville Theatre

Dead Funny

27 Oct 2016 - 04 Feb 2017

£15.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

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Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

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Eleanor wants a child. Richard would oblige if he could, but he's too busy running the Dead Funny Society.

When British comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill turn up their toes in the same week the society gather for a celebration of hilarity and laughter. But Eleanor's grin masks a grimace.

When your marriage is deader than either Morcambe or Wise it's hard to see the funny side of things.

Ages 15+


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“Gloriously funny as it is, the play tells more truth and holds more credible feeling than many a darker one. Brilliant.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Brilliant play... allowing us to both roar with laughter and feel a lump in the throat... Outstanding performance from Parkinson”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A very good comedy... goes to some very dark and bitter places, expertly steered by the extraordinarily fine Parkinson. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Under the writer’s own direction, the production skilfully walks a fine line between hilarity and emotional exposure. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Wearing very well... by turns funny and painful – sometimes both at once, with Johnson effortlessly slipping between gears. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Johnson's strongly cast revival of his 1994 play confirms its status as a modern classic... Painfully funny and shrewd. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The performances are all tip-top... but Parkinson is simply magnificent... Both hilariously funny and deeply poignant. ”

Veronica Lee (Daily Mail, ES, Arts Desk)

“Johnson’s persuasive revival of his own 1996 play, a strange but increasingly compelling mix of laughs and emotional laceration.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“An ingenious tussle; suspender-flashing, custard-pie throwing farce shot through with raw pain and festering resentment. ”

Lucinda Everett (What's On Stage, Telegraph)

“Seems to be saying that we get the comedians we deserve or need. It’s a funny, energetic farce with proper emotional foundations”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“Wearing very well in this self-directed revival... Droll, nicely pitched performances... Recommended... There may even be tears.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Engaging and daring adult comedy... Thoroughly watchable... Parkinson excels... An uncomplicated yet thoughtful farce.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“As mayhem mounts [Johnson] brilliantly shows how the various characters use comedy as an escape, a defence and a release.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“A doozy of a cast... Johnson orchestrates matters into an evening of exquisitely agonising, embarrassing beauty.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“The combination of wit, physical comedy and nostalgic sketches results in a comic cocktail laced with cyanide... Fab.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

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