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London comedies

London comedies offer some of the richest laughs in the world. They have always been a favourite genre in the history of West End shows. Hilarious comedy plays a vital part in any theatre show; many London musicals are full of uplifting laughs, and plays in London can be as hilarious as they are dramatic. You’ll even find comedy in bombastic London opera characters. But if it’s all-out laughter you’re looking for, London’s world-famous comedies are worth the trip to the capital city.

Whatever your age, sense of humour, or favourite type of laughs, London comedies cater for it. Comedy plays are the most frequent, and lots of new London comedies are produced each year in this way. There’s plenty of light-hearted family entertainment as well as quippy plays. And there are also some fantastic comedy musicals amongst the West End’s favourite shows.

You can find a list of, and book tickets to, comedy shows in London below.

Many revivals of classic comedies, from the likes of William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, are produced each year. New modern farces help to contribute to London’s renowned comic theatre offering. Furthermore, lots of comic performers and comedians tour to the West End each year, so there are always London comedies for everyone.

Interestingly, the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre originally opened as the Royal Comedy Theatre in 1881. The venue opened with a performance of the comic opera The Mascotte. It was eventually renamed in 2011.

And London comedies have always been celebrated in the capital. Their reputation has attracted thousands of visitors to the West End over the years, starring performers with razor-sharp comic timing and playwrights with famously sharp wit.

Furthermore, the Olivier Awards with Mastercard annually celebrate the best of London comedies through the Best New Comedy Award.

The Play That Goes Wrong is a favourite amongst London comediesThe Play That Goes Wrong, winner of the Best New Comedy Olivier Award with Mastercard in 2015 (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

Experience London comedies through Official London Theatre

As the official website of the theatre industry in the capital, OfficialLondonTheatre.com strives to provide a complete resource for anyone looking to buy tickets to London comedies.

Updated on a daily basis with comprehensive show listings, theatre news, cast and crew interviews and special features, our site is a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to discover London shows.

What’s more, thanks to our simple online booking system, it’s easier than ever to get London theatre tickets for your favourite productions. It really couldn’t be simpler to buy seats for the hottest shows in town.

So if you want to experience the very best in London West End theatre, we can give you the information you need to ensure you don’t miss out on anything that this richly diverse cultural hotspot can offer you.

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.