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Founded by Leicester Square Theatre director Martin Witts, the Museum of Comedy is an interactive, immersive museum for all the family, featuring iconic props and artefacts from our rich comedic history and housing one of the most comprehensive collections of comedy memorabilia ever to be amassed in one place.

The museum has been lovingly put together by Martin with his collection of over six thousand artefacts and print from some the most iconic comedians and comedy shows both past and present, amassed during his career spanning over three decades in the comedy industry. 


See comic artefacts from Tommy Cooper's handmade magic props to the Spitting Image heads and Steptoe and Son's stuffed bear! Plus Leicester Square Theatre favourite Bill Bailey's iconic 6-neck guitar. Recent additions include items from the collection of Danny La Rue, including programmes and flyers from his shows, membership cufflinks from the infamous Krays-owned Churchill Club, and photographs and promotional stills from both his personal and professional life. 


Accompanying the collection will be revolving exhibitions, currently Steve Ullathorne's stylish and contemporary images of current comedy stars The Comic Collection. 


Museum facilities include The Comedy Crypt, a state of the art traditional performance space hosting all kinds of comedy performances, from theatre and stand up to radio recordings and silent film. See what's on. 

The Museum is also home to The Comedy Academy, an educational facility for comedy writing, performance, and production. 

The Museum of Comedy. Shining a light on the stars of British comedy.

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