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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.

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.

The Play That Goes Wrong is a favourite amongst London comedies

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

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.


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.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream