SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical

The Improvised Musical

2016 Olivier Award Winners
National Tour

The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper! The Improvised Musical heads out on tour. Fresh from their sell out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, and with a 2016 Olivier Award for their West End debut at the Apollo Theatre, The Showstoppers have made 2017 their best year yet, one new musical at a time.

No two nights are ever the same as The Showstoppers take audience suggestions and then spin a brand new comedy musical out of thin air – stories, characters, tunes, lyrics, dances, harmonies and all – with unpredictable and hilarious results. If you’ve thought improv looked difficult before, try doing it in time (and tune) to music!

Having grown since 2008 to become the UK’s most acclaimed and in-demand musical improvisers, The Showstoppers have become a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With four West End seasons and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series to their name, they have also taken their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity around the globe, picking up accolades and awards including The Times Best of the Fringe, Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit Of The Fringe Award and nominations for Chortle Best Music Or Variety Act, MTM Best Production Award and MTM Judges’ Discretionary Award.


The Cast:

The rotating cast features some of the brightest minds in the world of comedy and musical theatre. The company includes:
• Co-founder Adam Meggido, an award-winning writer/composer who has improvised at the National, The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and currently holds the world record for the directing the longest impro show – 55 hours without a break.
• Dylan Emery, the other co-founder, has been improvising for more than 15 years – including at the National/Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe. He created veteran comedy impro group Grand Theft Impro, and the UK’s premier website devoted to the form
• Pippa Evans is an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee and has had great success on TV, Radio and stage – she is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC2’s Fast and Loose, performs regularly with the Comedy Store Players and has had many years of success with her hit character act Loretta Maine.
• Ruth Bratt is an improv Fringe regular for the last 11 years whose recent TV credits include Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Sarah Millican’s Support Group and Vic Reeves’ The Ministry Of Curious Stuff.
• Sarah-Louise Young won the Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards and was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer. She has performed her critically-acclaimed Cabaret Whore show across the world.

What the press have said about The Showstoppers:

“Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new musical every time. Worth seeing again and again.”
★★★★★ Time Out London Critics’ Choice

“The show is a blast. It makes your jaw drop in impressed amazement and your ribs ache with laughter. Simultaneously a pastiche, a parody and a paean to musical theatre” ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

“A shining example of how good improv can be.” ★★★★★ Chortle

“They truly are the masters of longform improvisation. These guys have to be seen to be believed! The best musical improvisation group we’ve ever come across. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at!” ★★★★★Time Out Critics’ Choice

“Showstopper! is a perfect example of skill and talent combined.”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Some creators take years to write rubbish, this team create gems in an hour every night. Simply outstanding.” ★★★★★ One4review

”An ingenious and engaging mix of improvisation and musical theatre. If you admired the Comedy Store Players for their ability to think on their feet, this bunch do it with the same verve and flair, but set to music. I was left open-mouthed. I can honestly say that I’d opt for this show’s wild, inventive energy of The Sound of Music any day.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“An irresistible whirlwind of energy…Improvisation is being taken to new heights.”
★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

‘These hideously talented regulars are pushing improv in new directions – go marvel’
★★★★ Daily Telegraph

“If you really want to know how to build a musical…watch Showstoppers. It’s bliss.” ★★★★ The Times

“I find this show faultless…a show not to be missed” Theatre Full Stop

Twitter: @TheShowstoppers
Listings Information:

13th January 2017 Oxford Playhouse 8pm / 01865 305305

21st January 2017 Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal 7.30pm / 01284 769505

1st February 2017 Hull Truck 7.30pm / 01482 323638

9th-11th February 2017 Colchester Mercury Theatre 7.30pm, 2.30pm & on 11th / 01206 573948

17th & 18th February 2017 Ipswich New Wolsey Theatre 7.45pm / 01473 295900

10th & 11th March 2017 Hedge End Berry Theatre 7.30pm / 023 8065 2333

17th March 2017 Brighton Theatre Royal 7.30pm / 0844 871 7650

18th March Guildford Electric 8pm / 01483 444789

20th – 22nd April Salisbury Theatre 7.30pm & 2.30pm on 22nd / 01722 320333

20th – 22nd April Nottingham Theatre Royal 7.30pm (alternate cast) / 0115 989 5555

30th April Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire 7.30pm / 01865 340007

25th-27th May Cheltenham Everyman 7.45pm / 01242 572573

31st May – 3rd June Cambridge Arts Theatre 7.45pm & 2.30pm on 3rd

1st June Portsmouth, King’s Theatre 7.30pm

15th July Lichfield Garrick Theatre 2pm Kid’s Show

Lichfield Festival

15th July Tringe, Court Theatre 8pm

17th July London, Lyric Theatre 7.30pm

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

25th July York White Rotunda 7pm & 10pm

8th September Radlett, Radlett Centre 7.30pm

14th September Wakefield, Theatre Royal 7.30pm

15th – 16th September Guildford, Yvonne Arnaud 8pm SS (+ 2pm SK on 16th)

16th September Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre SK 1pm + SK 3pm

29th September Weston, Playhouse Theatre 7.30pm


5th October Treorchy, Park & Dare Theatre 7.30pm

12th October Truro, Hall For Cornwall 7.30pm

14th October Milton Keynes Theatre 7.30pm

21st October Peterborough, Broadway Theatre 7.30pm

25th November Barnstaple, Queens Theatre 7.30pm

2nd December Eastbourne, Hippodrome SK 3pm + SS 7.30pm