Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Other Palace) description
Showstopper! The fine art of 'improv' at its best
After making a debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008, Showstopper! travelled to Ireland, Singapore, Canada, India, Belgium, Italy and Hong Kong, and was given its own show on BBC Radio 4. It was a monster hit at both the Ambassadors and the Criterion in London's West End, on a one-off basis, and has thrilled audiences at the Apollo Theatre and the Lyric.
Over the years the comedian Matt Lucas has been involved, as was Mike McShane, John Snow, Nicolas Parsons, Jim Bowen, Donald Reeves, Keith Jack, The Magnets and many, many more. The show has been awarded the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award and given a 2016 Olivier Award for the best entertainment and family show.
What's the plot? Well, that side of things is down to you, the audience. The show unfolds, inspired by the audience's ideas about the show title, tunes and musical theatre style, and it's unique every time. No two shows are the same. Brilliant!
It's impressive to think all this amazing-ness began life as a simple workshop at the Actors’ Centre in London, with a bunch of actors who'd done little or no improv work before. Just a week later they presented it for the first time, and the rest is history. Before long it became a fully-fledged professional show, which wowed audiences when it tried out at the infamous King’s Head in Islington, the musical theatre talent hothouse.
Veteran musical lover Keith Strachan adored it, taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe and giving it a London residency. He has directed 11 West End musicals as well as being the creator of bands, the writer of Xmas number one chart hits and game show theme tunes. He has even had his music featured in an Oscar winning movie.
The producer/director Dylan Emery is the Creative Director of Extempore Theatre, and also founded the crack improvised comedy troupe Grand Theft Impro. He runs a website devoted to UK improvisation. Adam Meggido, also a producer/director, is the Artistic Director of Extempore Theatre and runs the annual London 50-Hour Improvathon.
A series of really good reviews leave you in no doubt this one's a winner. Five star reviews come from the Telegraph, Time Out, Independent On Sunday, Mail on Sunday, The Scotsman, British Theatre Guide, Huffington Post, Edinburgh Evening New and many more, all of whom sing its praise. We particularly like what the Mail on Sunday said: “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.”
If you'd love to experience an ingenious blend of improvisation and musical theatre from people who think on their feet creatively and do it all with incredible flair, this show’s wild, vibrant, inventiveness is very hard to resist.
Playing at The Other Palace
Suitable for 12+