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Dead Funny - 2016 - West End


Tony-winning director Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles) is to direct a revival of his own 1994 comedy Dead Funny, beginning performances October 27 prior to an official opening November 3, at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, the same venue where it enjoyed its original West End run after transferring from Hampstead Theatre.

In the play, 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.

In a press statement, Nica Burns, who is co-producing the play with Paula Marie Black, Emma Brünjes for ebp and TC Beech Ltd., commented, "A revival of this wonderful play is long overdue. Like life, it's as funny as it is moving and needs an outstandingly talented cast. So for the 21st anniversary production, here they are...”

The cast comprises Katherine Parkinson (as Eleanor), Steve Pemberton (Brian), Ralf Little (Nick), Emily Berrington (Lisa) and Rufus Jones (Richard).

The production is designed by Richard Kent, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by John Leonard.


Running Time: One hour 15 minutes, with no interval

Vaudeville Theatre

(London, )
404 Strand
London, WC2R 0NH


by BWW News Desk - January 5, 2017
Dead Funny, written and directed by Terry Johnson will end it's scheduled run at the Vaudeville Theatre on Saturday 4 February 2017.  
by Marianka Swain - November 17, 2016
Watch videos of the West End cast of DEAD FUNNY at Vaudeville Theatre
by Laura Jones - November 5, 2016
With the long, dark and cold winter nights upon us, we could all do with a bit of lighthearted comedy to cheer us up! Terry Johnson's 'Dead Funny' originally made its West End debut 22 years ago in the very same theatre where the current run is housed, the Vaudeville Theatre. Set in 1992 it takes place during the week in April where two much loved comedians, Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, died within days of each other.