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Dead Funny by Terry Johnson returns to London at the Vaudeville Theatre
Terry Johnson's comedy returns to London.
The production will star Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton, Ralf Little, Emily Berrington and Rufus Jones.
"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."
Dead Funny had its West End debut at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1994 after a premiere at the Hampstead Theatre. Directed by Johnson, the original production starred Zoë Wanamaker, David Haig, Niall Buggy, Danny Webb and Beatie Edney.
This new production features design by Richard Kent, lighting by Paul Pyant and sound design by John Leonard. It is presented in the West End by Nica Burns, Paula Marie Black, Emma Brünjes for ebp and TC Beech Ltd. .
Known as a stage director and writer, Johnson's plays have been seen around the world. He has won nine British Theatre awards including the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994 and 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995, Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play 1995 and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Steve Pemberton is known for his TV roles in shows such as 'The League of Gentleman', 'Benidorm' and 'Whitechapel'. On stage his roles include the original London productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Donmar Warehouse.
Katherine Parkinson is best known for the TV comedy 'The IT Crowd'. Her other screen credits include 'In The Club', 'Humans' and 'The Kennedy's'. Her stage roles include The Seagull at London's Royal Court Theatre, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.
Ralf Little's screen credits include 'The Royle Family', 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' and 'The Cafe'. His stage credits include 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover and The Aliens at the Bush, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Tickets for Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre are now on sale.