Funny people in Dead Funny

Terry Johnson’s critically acclaimed play Dead Funny is returning to the West End, and Katherine ParkinsonRufus Jones and Steve Pemberton are amongst the cast.

© The Guardian

© The Guardian

The play tells the story of Eleanor and Richard (played by Katherine and Rufus) – a couple with a dilemma. She wants a child, and he’s too busy to get around to it, as he runs The Dead Funny Society, and with both Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill dying in the same week, the society are gathering for a celebration. Their marriage is deader than both Morcambe and Wise, making it increasingly difficult to see the funny side of things.

© Colin Hutton / Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

Pemberton and Jones in Sky Atlantic’s ‘Camping’. © Colin Hutton / Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

Steve Pemberton – one half of the duo behind Psychoville and Inside No 9and one quarter of The League of Gentlemen – will play Brian, while The Royle Family veteran Ralf Little plays Nick, and The Inbetweeners 2 star Emily Berrington is Lisa.

The production reunites Pemberton and Jones, who were last on screen together in Julia Davis’ sublime Camping earlier this year, whilst Parkinson also appeared alongside Pemberton in an episode of Inside No. 9 as well as appearing in Humans alongside Berrington. It also sees Ralf Little return to the Vaudeville Theatre, where he previously appeared in Graham Linehan’s adaptation of The Ladykillers.

The production at The Vaudeville Theatre is a strictly limited run between 27th October 2016 and 4th February 2017, and tickets are on sale now, starting at £15. Get in!

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