Terry Johnson's comedy Dead Funny is making a welcome return to the West End in its original home at the Vaudeville Theatre later this month. Set in north London in the early 1990s, the play follows Eleanor and Richard who undergo sexual therapy sessions in order to prepare them for trying for a baby.
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Set in Islington in 1992, Eleanor tries to persuade her husband Richard that they should have a baby. More focused on the recent deaths of two of England’s best-loved comics, Benny Hill and Frankie Howard, than the sexual therapy sessions his wife has signed them up for, Richard and his neighbours celebrate the careers of their comedic heroes, particularly as Richard is one of the founding members of the local Dead Funny Society. Jokes about love and marriage are thrown back and forth with the usual Terry Johnson flare. But these jokes are masking the problems of the central relationship of the piece.
Dead Funny returns to the Vaudeville Theatre starring Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm, Whitechapel), Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Cafe), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) and Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy).
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The production will star Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton, Ralf Little, Emily Berrington and Rufus Jones.