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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - 2018 - West End

Eighty new musicals had their West End premiere in an Olivier Award winning season in 2015, each created on the spot by the incredible, multi award-winning musical comedians The Showstoppers. Audience suggestions were transformed instantly into all-singing, all-dancing shows with unpredictable and hilarious results.

Showstopper! now transfers to the Lyric for an extended West End run!

With a BBC Radio Four series and eight years of festivals and touring to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences around the world with their ingenious, unique blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

The cast includes Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd, and Sarah-Louise Young, with seven cast members appearing per performance plus a live on-stage band.

Schedule

Running Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Lyric Theatre

(London, )
(Piccadilly Circus) Shaftesbury Avenue
London,
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical West End Cast



 

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by Stephi Wild - Sep 26, 2018
Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins will return to Crazy Coqs with their homage to Flanders and Swann on 10th November.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 24, 2020
With over 1,200 tickets sold and 3,000 suggestions for musical theatre styles, songs and settings for their socially distanced livestreams to date, Olivier Award winners and Fringe favourites The Showstoppers return to your home screens with four completely improvised musicals this October.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2019
Taking the term 'pub theatre' literally, Cinderella is an outrageous site-specific show that takes all the best of traditional British panto and tops it off with a pint. Penned by Luke Barnes (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything), this knees up of a night out brings all the characters you know, love and hate, to pull your mates, spill your pints and pour their hearts out on the karaoke. Crammed with live music, bingo, and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have audiences dancing in the aisles and laughing their bloody baubles off. Think The Royle Family crossed with Elf... all set in a local boozer where the audience buy their drinks from the on-stage bar.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2019
Casting has been confirmed for Park Theatre's festive family adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic: The Snow Queen. Focusing on the origins of the Queen who brings endless winter, the cast includes: Frances Marshall, Ayesha Casely-Hayford, Esmonde Cole, Sarah-Louise Young, Justin Brett, Paula James and Matt Cavendish. The production is adapted by Charles Way and directed by Abigail Anderson, with a national press night on Friday 6 December, 7pm.
by Marianka Swain - Oct 15, 2020
Hurrah for the green shoots in our beleaguered industry. Lots of venues are mounting new shows and bringing back our favourites over the next few weeks and months - albeit with social distancing and safety measures in place. Here are some of the live theatrical goodies on offer.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 6, 2020
One of the last West End shows to be cancelled before lockdown in March, The Showstoppers turned their final performance at the Lyric Theatre into an impromptu online live stream event, which has since been viewed more than 112,000 times.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2019
The Showstoppers (Best Entertainment and Family Show Olivier Award winners 2016) will be returning to London's West End this November and December, to make all your kids' Christmas story wishes come true! The Showstoppers' Christmas Kids Show! can be found in The Paradiso Speigeltent as part of 'Christmas in Leicester Square' from 23rd November - 1st December 2019.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 27, 2020
The UK government began announcing its tier system yesterday and London has been confirmed as Tier 2. This means that theatres will be able to reopen in December, including West End productions.
by Stephi Wild - May 7, 2021
As the lockdown restrictions ease and arts and culture venues are allowed to open their doors, the Octagon Theatre have today unveiled exciting reopening plans after a 2-year redevelopment and further postponements due to Covid-19.
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2019
Fresh from bringing the story of a 63 year old Niagra daredevil Annie Edson Taylor to life with the UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's musical Queen of the Mist, Pint Of Wine Theatre Company are switching things up….
by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2021
Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre will launch a three-week festival in Ancoats this summer, HOPE FEST, with a programme of arts and cultural events from 16th July – 8th August.
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2021
Music, comedy, theatre and vogueing will feature at Homeground, HOME's temporary outdoor arts venue, this Summer, with a diverse lineup truly providing something for everyone, while the size of the 80,000 sq ft site means a great atmosphere no matter what social distancing regulations are necessary.
by Stephi Wild - May 1, 2019
This summer The Berry Theatre has a busy season of theatre, comedy and cinema, with plenty for families and older audiences.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2021
Olivier Award winners The Showstoppers continue creating theatre in the face of adversity as they return to small screens with a double helping of comedy beamed from their socially distanced studio on 26 and 27 March.
by Marianka Swain - Mar 17, 2020
The show must go on! Although UK theatres have closed their doors for the time being, The Showstoppers decided to still perform their Olivier Award-winning improv for audiences via Facebook livestream. Watch the video here!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 11, 2019
Bringing sun, songs and '90s nostalgia, AJN Productions is taking Summer Street - The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical! out for a spin. This new musical is heading to The Blockhouse to delight Brighton Fringe-goers before transferring to Waterloo East Theatre to bring some sun and fun to London. As four Aussie soap stars try to resurrect their careers, there are hilarious and unexpected consequences - and, of course, plenty of songs to tap your foot to.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2021
Created on the spot from audience suggestions, each show is new and unique. The Showstoppers cast transform suggestions of setting, genre and style into a fully realised all singing-all dancing musical, with ingenious storylines, clever plot twists and hilarious characters.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2021
The full line-up of arts and cultural events has been revealed for Hope Mill Theatre’s three-week festival, HOPE FEST, which runs in Ancoats, Manchester from 16th July – 8th August. The festival will take place inside a large theatre tent which will accommodate 250 capacity, based beside New Islington Tram Station.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2021
Tickets go on sale from 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 30 June) for Kids Week, as the much-loved promotion returns, offering family discounts for top London theatre shows throughout August. The Government has confirmed that they are on track to end lockdown and fully reopen theatres from 19 July.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2021
Kids Week is #BackOnStage and this much loved, long-running initiative is the perfect way to introduce your family to the magic of live theatre over the summer holidays - from hit musicals and plays to comedies and family favourites.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 22, 2021
Performers include Rhiannon Porter (Finalist, Eurovision: You Decide 2018; Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Production, O2 Arena) and JoJo Desmond (Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; Lead Vocalist, Doctor Who Live, UK Arena Tour). Joining them is Edward Handoll (BIG The Musical, West End; Saturday Night Fever, UK Tour), and Loucas Hajiantoni (One Night of Tina, European Tour).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 19, 2020
Calling all parents! The Olivier Award-winning Showstoppers have got you covered during lockdown with their interactive musical 'Online Storytime' made especially for kids!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 19, 2019
Director of Soho Estates Fawn James and Artistic Director Rachel Edwards together announce the opening programme for the Boulevard as the newly-reimagined venue opens its doors to the public for the first time in October 2019. The first show will be the London premiere of Dave Malloy's celebrated song cycle Ghost Quartet brought to life by the team behind the recent hit production of Sweeney Todd which won great acclaim in London and New York. Ghost Quartet will run alongside a packed roster of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry. The Boulevard Theatre's 2020 season will be announced in September.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 19, 2019
Director of Soho Estates Fawn James and Artistic Director Rachel Edwards together announce the opening programme for the Boulevard as the newly-reimagined venue opens its doors to the public for the first time in October 2019. The first show will be the London premiere of Dave Malloy's celebrated song cycle Ghost Quartet brought to life by the team behind the recent hit production of Sweeney Todd which won great acclaim in London and New York. Ghost Quartet will run alongside a packed roster of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry. The Boulevard Theatre's 2020 season will be announced in September.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2019
The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper! The Improvised Musical heads out on a UK tour again for more entertaining dates throughout 2019. Following on from their sell out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, and with a 2016 Olivier Award for their West End debut at the Apollo Theatre, The Showstoppers made 2018 their best year yet.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 24, 2019
The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper! The Improvised Musical heads out on a UK tour again for more entertaining dates throughout 2019. Following on from their sell out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, and with a 2016 Olivier Award for their West End debut at the Apollo Theatre, The Showstoppers made 2018 their best year yet.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 19, 2019
World-renowned hypnotist Simon Warner returns to Edinburgh Festival with the first ever improvised, hypnotised musical featuring a cast of all-star improvisers
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 19, 2019
Lights, camera...disaster! Half the cast of the latest Hollywood blockbuster haven't turned up on set and with only one hour left to wrap the movie, the Hypnotic Director makes a daring decision to throw away the script and start from scratch.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 10, 2020
Be among the first to experience a brand new, fully improvised musical live streamed directly to your home from Edinburgh FringeFavourites and Olivier Award Winners, The Showstoppers.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 3, 2020
The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth has announced its exciting programme of shows with a vibrant line-up of comedy, plays and the best in musicals - starting 2020 in style.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 28, 2020
Pleasance's 2020 programme will continue this great work with exciting newcomers, game-changing international artists and Pleasance stalwarts who delight audiences year on year. Kicking things off, Pleasance have launched the 2020 programme with four great shows for those keen to start their planning.
by Liz Cearns - Jan 24, 2019
The Other Palace was intended to be a 'space where writers and producers can try out and refine new work'. Showstopper! The Improvised Musical only seems to be aiming for half of this ethos. Alas, it seems doubtful that last night's Cream of Yorkshire will ever be further refined. Yet, the performers' wits and synchronicity are such that the result is quite incredibly refined - considering the whole show is spontaneously made up, based on prompts from the audience.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will play a strictly limited eight-week run at The Other Palace from Today 22 January, delivering 8 brand new completely spontaneous musicals every week, alongside their regular monthly performances in the West End's Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. During the run the company will celebrate their 1000th unique, one-of-a-kind performance.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 22, 2019
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will play a strictly limited eight-week run at The Other Palace from Monday 21 January, delivering 8 brand new completely spontaneous musicals every week. On Wednesday 23 January the company will celebrate their 1000th unique, one-of-a-kind performance.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 14, 2020
Get a first look at American TV regular and Broadway veteran Jason Kravits on his return to London's The Crazy Coqs for a star-studded, week-long residency, of his critically acclaimed, jaw-dropping, completely improvised solo evening of music and comedy, 'Off The Top.' Ruth Bratt of Showstopper The Improvised Musical was his first guest star.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2019
Pint of Wine Theatre Company, an innovative theatre company providing opportunities for artists, technicians and practitioners to challenge the conventions on how theatre should be presented, is excited to announce its full 2019 season: the UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist in April at the Jack Studio Theatre, a full production of the iconic Mame in December at the Cockpit Theatre, a new song and dance production with multi-disciplinary artist Lemington Ridley in the Autumn and a four night cabaret festival in June at the Bussey Building.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 26, 2021
ast month's first  show of 2021, was the 10th Showstopper live online event. Set during the reunion of band Thunderhorse, the musical was called 'Stolen Thunder' and featured songs composed on the spot in the style of 'Jersey Boys', 'Dear Evan Hansen', 'Les Mis' and more!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 13, 2019
A packed programme of visiting productions has been announced for the late spring and onwards at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 3, 2018
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will play a strictly limited eight-week run at The Other Palace from Tuesday 22 January, delivering 8 brand new completely spontaneous musicals every week, alongside their regular monthly performances in the West End's Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. During the run the company will celebrate their 1000th unique, one-of-a-kind performance.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 1, 2020
Olivier Award winners The Showstoppers return to your home screens one final time this year to bring some much needed festive cheer into your living room with a special Christmas edition of their improvised musical livestream.
by Marianka Swain - Aug 28, 2018
Voting is officially open for our 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Awards, celebrating the best of this year's festival. BroadwayWorld readers have nominated an exciting variety of shows, acts and venues, and now you can vote for your favourites. CLICK HERE TO VOTE!
by Alan Henry - Aug 19, 2018
Nominations are now open for our 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Awards, celebrating the best of this year's festival. Nominate your favourites below!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 14, 2020
The Turbine Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup through the end of the year. Upcoming shows include Horrible Histories, Hair, Great Expectations, the Barricade Boys, and many more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 13, 2020
With over 600 tickets sold, 1,911 suggestions for musical theatre styles, songs and settings, and a total of 1,184 views for their first ever socially distanced livestream, Olivier Award winners and Fringe favourites The Showstoppers are back with another socially distanced and completely improvised smash hit musical on Friday 28 August at 7:30pm!
by Fiona Scott - Aug 11, 2018
Showstoppers! have made a name for themselves as the UK's most acclaimed and in-demand musical improvisers, creating brand new musicals in a single evening. As well as bringing their usual hit show to the Edinburgh Fringe, they present a highly entertaining family-friendly edition of the Showstoppers! experience.
by Stage Tube - Apr 8, 2020
West End and Broadway star Elaine Paige today launches the 24-Hour Song Challenge by challenging The Showstoppers to compose her a musical theatre song in just 24 hours.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 24, 2020
In tribute to this year's cancelled Eurovision Song Contest, Olivier Award-winning musical comedy improvisers The Showstoppers will deliver Europop's favourite night of the year - direct to the world's living rooms with their very own Alternative Eurovision Song Contest.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 23, 2021
Acclaimed performers Rhiannon Porter (Finalist, Eurovision: You Decide 2018; Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Production, O2 Arena), JoJo Desmond (Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; Lead Vocalist, Doctor Who Live, UK Arena Tour), Edward Handoll (BIG The Musical, West End; Saturday Night Fever, UK Tour), and Loucas Hajiantoni (One Night of Tina, European Tour) will step into the platform heels of one of the most famous pop supergroups of all time.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 23, 2021
The Showstoppers are storming back to the West End to take up an initially (socially distanced) six-month residence at the Garrick Theatre. ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’, will play Mondays at the Garrick Theatre, on 7 June, 5 July, 9 August, 13 September and 11 October, 2021.
by Stage Tube - Apr 20, 2020
Ramin Karimloo has challenged The Showstoppers to compose a musical theatre song in just 24 hours.