20:45, Wed 22nd July 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
20:30, Fri 24th July 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
21:00, Sat 25th July 2020 at Almeida Theatre
19:00, Tue 28th July 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
21:00, Thu 30th July 2020 at Royal Court Theatre
20:45, Sat 1st August 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
20:30, Mon 3rd August 2020 at Royal Court Theatre
20:45, Thu 6th August 2020 at London Palladium
11:30, Sat 8th August 2020 at Royal Court Theatre
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity, and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".
The musical's original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel.