Star comedy line-up for Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny revival at Vaudeville Theatre


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 gathers 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.

Terry Johnson’s “Painfully funny and funnily painful” comedy, Dead Funny returns for a limited season at London’s Vaudeville Theatre with Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Whitechapel), Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) and Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy).

Producer, Nica Burns, said: “A revival of this wonderful play is long overdue. Like life, it’s as funny as it is moving and needs an outstandingly talented cast. So for the 21st anniversary production, here they are …”


Katherine Parkinson plays Eleanor. Katherine’s theatre credits include Before The Party (Almeida Theatre), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Cock (Royal Court Theatre) and The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre).

TV and film credits include Humans, The Kennedys, In the Club, The IT Crowd, Inside Number 9, Knocking on Dave’s Door, Doc Martin, Whites, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, The Honourable Woman, Sherlock, Easy Virtue, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and The Boat That Rocked.

Steve Pemberton plays Brian. Steve’s theatre credits include She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), The 25th Annual Puttnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse), The Drowsy Chaperone and Art (West End). Steve is well known for his work on television which includes The League of Gentlemen, Camping, Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Inside No.9, Benidorm, Psychoville, Mapp & Lucia and Doctor Who.

Steve has also appeared on film in Mr Bean’s Holiday, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Lassie, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Match Point and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Ralf Little is best known for his roles in The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crispsand The Cafe, which he also created and co- wrote.

Ralf’s theatre credits include The Nap (Sheffield Crucible), The Ladykillers (Vaudeville Theatre), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Liverpool Playhouse), Presence (Royal Court Theatre) for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, The Aliens (Bush Theatre), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Bush Theatre) and On The Ceiling (Garrick Theatre).

Further television credits include Our Zoo, The A Word, Married Single Other and Massive. Ralf’s film credits include 24 Hour Party People, Telstar, and The Waiting Room.​

Dead Funny is at the Vaudeville Theatre from October 27-February 4.

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