A Noise Within presents Impro Theatre's Dickens UnScripted for one night only, Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm. Using only their improv theatrical skills and a few props and costumes, Impro brings to life a wholly new evening of theatre inspired by Charles Dickens' works, for this one performance at ANW, directed by Brian Lohmann.

The vivid narration and iconic characters that inhabit the world of Charles Dickens inspire Impro Theatre's high-spirited Dickens UnScripted. Starting with audience suggestions, the ensemble combines comic portrayals with cruel melodrama and heartbreaking tenderness to create a spontaneous performance that is as lively and dynamic as a classic Dickens novel.

"We think the work of Impro is a perfect complement to our current adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities," says A Noise Within Producing Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, "it brings a playful, irreverent energy to the Tale set - all with deep respect for Dickens' classic canon."

Tickets for Dickens UnScripted, $20-$40, are available online at and by phone by calling 626-356-3100. A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107, take the Madre St. exit off the 210.

Impro has received multiple Ovation Recommended honors and Critics' Picks in Los Angeles Times, Back Stage and LA Weekly. Los Angeles Times calls Impro Theatre, "Amazing! The troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold right before your eyes," and American Theatre Magazine says, "These virtuosic talents simply are as superhuman as they seem. These are serious professional actors, classically trained, who can write on their feet better than many writers can type at a desk. Impro's work has taught me to demand more from the theatre. Here might be the salvation the theatre seeks."


Impro Theatre creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world's greatest playwrights, authors and composers. With no pre-planning or prepared scenarios, the performers combine verbal dexterity and dynamic physicality to bring character and plot to life in an instant, making each show unique and unlike any other theatrical experience. The show you are about to see will never be seen again.

Founded as Los Angeles Theatresports in 1988, Impro Theatre has evolved from a successful short form improv troupe into a critically acclaimed theatre company. In Southern California, Impro has performed sold-out shows at South Coast Repertory, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, The Pasadena Playhouse, North Coast Repertory in San Diego, The Falcon Theatre in Burbank and many more. Venues around the world include the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, Evans Auditorium at Texas State University, The Melbourne Fringe in Australia and Theatre Adyar in Paris.


A Noise Within, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last season, was recently named "one of the nation's premier classical repertory companies" by The Huffington Post, and is a leading regional producer based in Pasadena, CA. ANW's award-winning resident company practices a rotating repertory model at their state-of-the-art, 283-seat performing space. This venue, established in 2011, has allowed ANW to expand its audience, surpassing its previous box office, subscription, and attendance records each year.

In addition to producing world-class performances of classical theatre, the organization runs robust education programs committed to inspiring diverse audiences of all ages. Helmed by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who hold MFAs from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within truly delivers CLASSIC THEATRE, MODERN MAGIC.

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