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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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4.8/5 - based on 35 reviews
  • Booking until: Monday, 11 October 2021
  • Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
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About Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Age restrictions

Ages 12+

Important Information

Suitable for ages 12+

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Monday, 11 October 2021
  • Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Mon 19:30
Tue -
Wed -
Thu -
Fri -
Sat -
Sun -

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical description

Showstopper! The Improvised musical at the Other Palace

Grab a load of brilliant music. Take a few handfuls of great comedy. Mix them together and add a load of creative improvisation, plus ideas from the audience. What do you get? A show that's different every time, unique every time, driven by people like you. It's dazzlingly good, it's on at the Other Palace and it's called Showstopper!

Showstopper! Is an Improvised Musical Comedy show that was first created back in 2008. Since then it has rarely been off the stage somewhere or other in the UK, and it makes friends and influences people wherever it lands. It's so popular it invariably sells out at the Edinburgh Festival, and in 2011 it was given its own BBC Radio 4 series. After a 10 week run in the West End, it won an Olivier Award.

So what can you expect? This is an improvised musical based on suggestions from the audience, who provide the setting for the action and the title. They also decide on the musical style and the musical theatre composers, whose tunes are then cleverly woven into the show.

Dylan Emery and Sean McCann are in charge and the show stars Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Adam Meggido and Philip Pellew, plus Andrew Pugsley, Lucy Trodd, and Sarah-Louise Young as the main comic actors. Duncan Walsh Atkins plays keyboards as well as being the musical director and Chris Ash plays keyboards and reeds as well as being the deputy musical director. Alex Freeman does the percussion and the technical director, Damian Robertson, is in charge of improvising the lighting too. Last but far from least, direction comes from Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery.

There's also a children's show called The Showstoppers' Kids' Show, but this is the grown up version, created by Meggido and Emery and backed by Keith Strachan, all of whom still run the show.

The plot? You'll meet a musicals writer on a deadline, and he needs your help. As you shout out your suggestions the action begins. The cast and band create a brand new musical in front of your eyes, full of hilarious characters, amazing dance routines, fabulous songs and exciting story lines, all sprinkled with Broadway fairy dust. Why not help them build their next big show?

As The Times dais, 'If this is that improv can do, you wonder why anyone bothers writing anything down.’ As The Evening Standard says, this is 'A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.’ The Telegraph says it's 'Incredible… so polished it defies belief.’ Great reviews, an incredibly good show... grab tickets as soon as you can.

Who is this show for?
This show is recommended for people aged 12 or more.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 35 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (80%)
Families (80%)
Teenagers (89%)
Couples (94%)
Theatregoers (100%)
Latest customer reviews
Daniel
Hilarious show, great actors and amazing impro talent!

I have been to other impro shows and this one really amazed me. All round a great show that will make your belly hurt after so much laughter

Reviewed on 16 July 2019 by , E106rn, United Kingdom

Craig
Incredible

Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by , Horsham, United Kingdom

Tara
Fantastic!!

This show was amazing! If you are into musical theatre you will love it! The actors’ and musicians’ improvisation skills are so impressive! Just wow!

Reviewed on 27 July 2018 by , Dalby, Australia

Mario
Entertaining. Surprizing!

Reviewed on 15 May 2018 by , Baltimore, United States

Caroline

I have seen Showstoppers 3 times now and think this was the best one. My sister visiting from Australia was blown away and it took her a while to get her head around what she was seeing.

Reviewed on 10 October 2017 by , Manor Park, United Kingdom

WEIPING
Witty and largely spontaneous

Mostly suitable for British audience or those who have lived in the UK for a long while. You need to be able to understand the local sense of humour.

Reviewed on 10 October 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Isabel
Very interesting!

Reviewed on 10 January 2017 by , Harrow, United Kingdom

Louise
Great fun, laughed so much!

Reviewed on 22 August 2016 by , London, United Kingdom

Sharon
Showstoppers

One of the best musicals ever seen . The acting was superb , fast paced , excellent muscians nothing to dislike at all thoroughly recommend .

Reviewed on 26 July 2016 by , Hockley, United Kingdom

Joanna
Genius

I would recomend your theatre group to God Almighty

Reviewed on 26 November 2015 by , Bridgend, United Kingdom

Louise
An Absolute Must See!

What a brilliant production, and such a great idea. The actors were fantastic, I don't know how they do such a brilliant job of improv, but it was laugh out loud funny, and fantastic. I could go again, and again!

Reviewed on 23 November 2015 by , Egham, United Kingdom

Marijana
entertaing and funny

Reviewed on 22 November 2015 by , Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Helen
Must see

Funny for beginning to end. interactive with the audience. Brilliant actor's throughout the show. To make a musical from audience suggestions.Brilliant.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by , Carlisle, United Kingdom

Marion
Good fun !

A really good fun evening - very clever!!

Reviewed on 13 November 2015 by , Sutton, United Kingdom

Collette
Amazing, true actors highly recommend

Reviewed on 08 November 2015 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Zoe
A surreal but thoroughly enjoyable show

An amazing show, the crew were spectacular making a musical from the list of songs chosen and following the story line that was selected by the audience. The performers were brilliant. It was fantastic and I would recommend that people go and see this.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by , Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom

Catherine
A Wonderful Funny Musical Evening Out.

Made all the more fun by the audience participation in suggesting topics for the show, styles of music and ideas for how the show runs. Go armed with wacky topics! Congratulations to the cast and musicians for their amazing talent to be able to turn the weird things thrown at them into a funny, witty enjoyable musical evening out. Fast moving, so fast that innuendo passed over the heads of children in the audience.I went with my teenage daughter and we both roared with laughter. Brilliant pure entertainment.

Reviewed on 02 November 2015 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

Val
A must see

Reviewed on 01 November 2015 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

Stephanie
In ore of their talent and skill

Reviewed on 31 October 2015 by , Town, United Kingdom

Andy
Amazing performance

Amazing performance it made us laugh from start to finish. Not knowing what to expect was half the excitement as passionate theatre goers. Well worth a visit .

Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by , Emsworth, United Kingdom

Naushin
Skillful Improvised performance

I wasn't expecting this to be a fully improvised performance. The penny finally dropped when the 'producer' started asking the audience for suggested plots, scenes and musical scores. Initially I thought audience members had been planted but that thought quickly faded once 3/4 of the audience (myself included) got involved with suggestions either verbally or through social media. I was truly impressed with the actor's ability to take on suggestive prompts and work them into the storyline, let alone sing (this is a musical after all). Our particular play focused on corruption at FIFA with the added addition of a group of conspiracy theorists! Random, I know. The best thing about this show is that no two performances will ever be the same so you can see the play as many times as you'd like and experience something different on every occasion. It all depends on the audience and their suggestions.

Reviewed on 28 October 2015 by , Belvedere, United Kingdom

Ashleigh
Very innovative, hilarious and captivating

A great show! Was very impressed by the whole performance.

Reviewed on 27 October 2015 by , Clapham, United Kingdom

John
Fun! Different every night!

It was a great show, all made up from suggestions from the audience, much like Who's Line is it anyway (the TV show), but in the format of a 2 hour musical. It was great and I'd do it again anytime!

Reviewed on 27 October 2015 by , Sunrise, United States

William

fantastic, creative, brilliant, funny! I cam Saturday night and during the show decided to return on Sunday.

Reviewed on 26 October 2015 by , Parsippany, United States

Michael
Great cast, great singing and dancing, Great Fun!!!

Not sure what to expect or how it would work but it did work - go yourself and your ideas could be a part of it!

Reviewed on 25 October 2015 by , Hartley, United Kingdom

hayley
Fantastic true talent

Reviewed on 25 October 2015 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Marianne
Awe inspiring

An exceptionally talented and versatile group of improvisers who provided us with the perfect round off to a day out in London! Just great fun and very clever, we are in awe!

Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Winchester, United Kingdom

Elaine
Hilarious

very creative and funny .great if you fancy something a little different . Great value for money

Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

20 Feb
2017
Phil Willmott

Happy 800th performance to Showstoppers

by Phil Willmott | Monday, February 20 2017, 23:35

SHOWSTOPPER On this site, a year or so ago I got very effusive about SHOWSTOPPERS, the group who improvised a different full length new musical at every single performance based on suggestions of subject, style and content from the audience.

Happy 800th performance to Showstoppers
20 Oct
2015
Phil Willmott

Take a chance on Showstopper!

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, October 20 2015, 09:24

We have some great offers at the moment to see SHOWSTOPPERShowstopper!, the West End's "improvised musical" show.

I know the producers were very nervous about launching it and the challenges of both getting people to understand what the show entails and enticing them to book. So if you're one of those people that's hesitated over whether it's for you or not I'd like to try and answer any concerns you may have because you're missing a treat.

Take a chance on Showstopper!
02 Oct
2015
David Grewcock

Review: SHOWSTOPPER! at the Apollo Theatre

by David Grewcock | Friday, October 2 2015, 13:53

SHOWSTOPPER! at the Apollo Theatre Arriving for an extended run in London off the back of another hugely successful Edinburgh Festival stint, Showstopper! is a very welcome addition to the more familiar musical offerings on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The premise is delightfully simple: the cast and onstage band create a brand new musical from scratch every night. With suggestions fielded from a very enthusiastic audience, the cast are given a setting, combined with some existing show titles as reference points, and they’re off.

Review: SHOWSTOPPER! at the Apollo Theatre
13 Aug
2015
Phil Willmott

SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, August 13 2015, 12:38

Showstopper - The Improvised Musical Most people appreciate how tough it is to get a new musical right, achieving the perfect balance of story, song, comedy and tragedy as recent flops like MADE IN DAGENHAM have proved.

All the more reason than to see this extraordinary little show where a handful of performers and musicians improvise a new musical based on suggestions from the audience EVERY NIGHT!

SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical