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Stanley Webber is the only resident of a seaside boarding house run by Meg and Petey. His life is safe, comfortable but monotonous. Goldberg and McCann, two sinister strangers who arrive with a mysterious motive and throw Stanley a surprise birthday party, shatter their lives! This modern classic is an enigmatic comedy full of menace and psychological terror. Pinter's first full-length play was described as a masterpiece upon its debut performance in 1958.
On the South Coast of France, a small group of young men are being coached in French by M Maingot and his daughter, Jacqueline. They do not find French easy, but their progress is further bedevilled by the presence of Diana Lake who has a gift for making men fall in love with her. And they fall like ninepins. Although Diana has a special fondness for one young man, she is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lord Heybrook but her plans go awry in a way that takes them all by surprise.
Ken Dodd is much more than a comedian. He is a comedy genius and showbiz legend whose humour has made him one of Britain's best-loved entertainers. For his Diddymen, jam-butty mines and black pudding plantations, the Professor of Giggleology and Master of Applied Tickleology has been awarded The British Comedy Awards highest accolade - the Lifetime Achievement Award. Come and join the King of Comedy for more quick-fire gags than you can shake a tickle-stick at!
Justin and Jodie have finally made it to Blackpool's national championships - via the motorway hard shoulder. Luka's come all the way from Russia. Nancy's been training for this since she was three. Lee and Samantha arrive on a wave of success. But what if your dance-floor dreams are turning into a nightmare? How do you stop dancing to other people's tunes? What can you do if your partner's secret could cost you the crown? And, even when the whole world's at your feet, it only takes one false step...
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
Comedy band The Lancashire Hotpots combine Lancashire folk music with hilarious observations on contemporary life, singing songs about sat navs, online dating and goth music in traditional northern washboard style. The flat capped foursome only got together a year ago, but already they have become one of the north west's most in-demand live bands. Championed by Radio 1's Colin Murray, their hit song He's Turned Emo has been played nearly a quarter of a million times on MySpace.
Divorced from his wife, Oscar consoles himself by living in the cheerful chaos his carefree nature thrives on. Into the midst of a smoke laden, beer sodden weekly poker session, comes Felix, newly separated from his wife and, so he says, suicidal. At Oscar's invitation Felix moves in and is soon finding comfort in performing all the domestic tasks, with the same thoroughness which lost him his wife in the first place. Anarchy ensues in this comedy classic of non-stop laughs as the two men try to come to terms with each other.
Shaw's dramatisation of a Cockney flower girl's metamorphosis into a lady is not only a delightful fantasy but also has much to say about social class, money, spiritual freedom and womens' independence. Its combination of ideas and social comment, together with its rich comic characterization, make it one of the most enduring and entertaining of English comedies. Henry Higgins, Professor of Linguistics and confirmed bachelor, wagers that within six months he will transform flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can take her place in high society. Shaw's masterpiece is both brilliantly funny and a devastating critique of the English class system. This play formed the basis of "My Fair Lady".
With endless meals to prepare, a never ending pile of dishes to wash - not to mention the huge mirror that needs polishing morning, noon and night - life's never easy for the royal servants downstairs at the palace. And why does the Queen keep asking for more apples?