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Terry’s Johnson’s Dead Funny - rehearsal images released

Dead Funny

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton, Ralf Little, Emily Berrington and Rufus Jones rehearsing Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Nica Burns, Paula Marie Black, Emma Brünjes and TC Beech Ltd are presenting a revival of Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre, where it runs for a strictly limited season from November 3, 2016 (previews from October 27) to February 4, 2017.

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.

The cast includes strictly Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans) as Eleanor, Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm, Whitechapel) as Brian, Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Cafe) as Nick), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) as Lisa and Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy) as Richard.

Terry Johnson’s work as a Playwright and Director has been performed worldwide and he is the recipient of numerous major theatre awards. His writing and directing theatre credits include The Libertine (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Ken and Seminar (Hampstead Theatre), Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath), Oh What A Lovely War (UK Tour/Theatre Royal, Stratford East), End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios/UK Tour), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville theatre), La Cage aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory/Playhouse Theatre/Broadway), Rainman (Apollo Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud Theatre/Garrick Theatre), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre/Broadway) and Dead Funny (Hampstead Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre).

For the National Theatre, Johnson has written and directed Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds and Sparkleshark. He has also written and directed numerous television dramas, including Not Only But Always, The Bite, The Man Who Lost His Head and Cor Blimey!. His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British Entry for Cannes 1985.

Tickets: From £15. To book, call 0330 333 4814 or visit

Also at the Vaudeville Theatre: David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom (September 12 to October 15) and Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes (October 18 to October 22, 2016).