About the show

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been a rip-roaring success since the show started in 2008. It has had eleven sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, two West End runs, an Olivier award and a BBC Radio 4 series.

In the show, the audience meets a writer of musicals who is on a deadline – he needs their help. The audience shouts out suggestions of a setting, musical styles and the title of the show and they’re off!

The Showstopper team – cast and band – will then weave a brand new musical in front of the very eyes of the audience, complete with hilarious characters, fabulous dance routines, beautiful songs, epic story lines, all sprinkled with the pzazz of a Broadway show.

Every night is a premiere and we quite literally couldn’t do the show without you, so why not pop down and help us create the next hit musical?

Press Quotes

★★★★★
‘If this is what improv can do, you wonder why anyone bothers writing anything down.’
The Times

★★★★
‘A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.’
Evening Standard

★★★★★
‘Incredible… so polished it defies belief.’
The Telegraph

Show Archive
 
  • Showstopper! The (Socially Distanced) Improvised Musical

      21st July 2020

    Be the first to experience a brand new way of watching The Showstoppers, live! After weeks of exploring ways in […]

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  • Show 1140 – Brum Roll – 29th February 2020 – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

      29th February 2020

    Setting: A haunted bowling alley in Birmingham

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  • Show 1136 – Screw Loose – 8th February 2020 – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

      8th February 2020

    Setting: The Men’s Shed Association

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  • Show 1118 – Hubble Hubble Double Trouble – The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

      23rd September 2019

    Setting: The Hubble Space Station (not the space telescope) Mr Cuthbert recruits a crack team of space experts to go […]

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  • Show 1117 – Machu Fish-u, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

      21st September 2019

    Setting: A fish and chip shop in Machu Picchu Sylvia has run away from Basildon and her criminal family and […]

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  • Show 1097 – In Sync – 10th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      10th August 2019

    Setting: A synchronised swimming team Mr and Mrs Simpkin run the Wallaballoo synchronised swimming team. It’s a successful team but […]

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  • Show 1096 – Stop the World I Want to Fall Off – 9th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      9th August 2019

    Setting: A Flat Earther Conference

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  • Show 1094 – It’s Nacho Salsa– 7th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      7th August 2019

    Setting: A salsa class in New York Catita Donde Esta Quatro Cinque is the salsa loving daughter of a great […]

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  • Show 1093 – What the Fact? – 6th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      6th August 2019

    Setting: The Museum of Facts The Johnson brothers come to Edinburgh’s Museum of Facts every year to prepare themselves for […]

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  • Show 1092 – Sunset Foolevard – 5th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      5th August 2019

    Settting: The Magaluf Strip A tale of love and betrayal among expatriate holidaymakers in Majorca.

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  • Show 1091- In Transit- 4th August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      4th August 2019

    Setting: The back of Dylan’s mum’s van The Emery family are devastated when the father of the family runs out […]

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  • Show 1090 – Unbelievable – 3rd August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      3rd August 2019

    Setting: Area 51 A group of kids decide they are going to break into the seemingly-abandonded Area 51 compound in […]

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  • Show 1089 – The Best Thing Since… – 2st August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      2nd August 2019

    Setting: A bakery, one day after the invention of sliced bread Mr Sunblest has pushed the Sunblest bakery into fame […]

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  • Show 1088 – Cocktailian – 1st August – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      1st August 2019

    Setting: 1920s Speakeasy Madame Josephine’s Speakeasy is New York’s most famous illegal bar, a precarious situation in the middle of […]

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  • Show 1087 – Owl’s Well That Ends Well – 31st July – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      31st July 2019

    Setting: An owl sanctuary Margery runs the Conneticut Owl Sanctuary along with her friend Nadia. When Bentley-driving Sid falls for […]

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  • Show 1079 – My God We Won – 8th June – The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

      8th June 2019

    Setting: Backstage at Eurovision The UK entry to Eurovision 1996 is Pistol Jack and with their catchy, emotional song Lady […]

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  • Show 1068 – Norfolking Idea – 16th March evening show – The Other Palace

      16th March 2019

    Setting: The abandoned ski resorts of Norfolk Six children break into the famous abandoned ski resorts of Norfolk, which were […]

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  • Show 1067 – Would You Adam and Eve It? – 16th March – The Other Palace, London

      16th March 2019

    Setting: The Garden of Eden It is one of the oldest tales known to man – the serpent, the angel […]

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  • Show 1061 – Knickerbocker Glory – 9th March evening – The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

      9th March 2019

    A knicker factory The biggest knicker factory in Swindon is a family business. It is run by a husband and […]

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  • Show 1054 – Oops, I Did It Again – 5th March – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    A confessional booth in a church Clemency, the daughter of Lord and Lady Campbell is confessing to her priest, father […]

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  • Show 1051 – The Phantom of the Aubergine – 2 March evening, The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: An organic greengrocers in East Dulwich Horatio Gracewell runs the greengrocer, along with his daughters Petunia and Patricia and […]

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  • Show 1050 – Marking Time – 2nd March matinee – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: School Staff Room In Eton, the teachers are an eccentric bunch – Henry de Fleur, who teaches drama, Nigel […]

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  • Show 1047 – The Phantom of the Operating Table – 28th Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: An A& E Deptartment Mary, Danny and Clive like to hang out at A & E on a Friday […]

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  • Show 1045 – Doppleganger – 26th Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: A celebrity lookalike agency Leonard Kapowski runs a celebrity lookalike agency. He’s kept everything under control until some of […]

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  • Show 1044 – Unfrozen – 25th Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    An ice-cream factory in a heatwave The ice-cream factory in Brentwood is doing amazing business to the delight of its […]

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  • Show 1043 – Sex, Drugs and Sausage Roll – 23rd Feb – Northern Stages, Newcastle

      1st January 1970

    Setting: A Greggs’ bakers A tale of love, jealousy, family ties and revenge. Featuring the hit single ‘Fill My Hole […]

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  • Show 1040 – It Doesn’t Batter – 22nd Feb evening – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: A Yorkshire Pudding Factory Scarborough’s finest yorkshire puddings have always been made in Stacey’s factory. But when the inspector […]

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  • Show 1038 – Nothing Going On Here – 22nd Feb matinee – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: FBI Headquarters The brilliant Sergeant Felicia Pennyfeather is told to crack the case of the dangerous Bellini brothers. But […]

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  • Show 1037 – Off the Rails – 21st Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: Eurostar Jane has separated from Bernard and to get away from it all goes with her pregnant sister Felicity […]

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  • Show 1036 – Ship Erect – 20th Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    Setting: An Exotic Cruise Ship When you are on board the SS Erect you can escape all your worries. Michael […]

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  • Show 1035 – Green With Envy – 19th Feb – The Other Palace, London

      1st January 1970

    The waiting room of Anderson’s talk show Karen the floor manager (and wife of Anderson) becomes a star in her […]

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  • Show 1034 – I Just Can’t Wait to Be Thin – 18th Feb – The Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, London

      1st January 1970

    A weight-loss club The reverend Marcus opens his church hall every Wednesday at 7pm for the weight loss club, run […]

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  • Show 1021 – Rome Sweet Rome – 8th Feb evening – The Other Palace, London

      8th February 2019

    Setting: The Coliseum in Rome, 1987 The story of two brothers – Carlo, who runs the family ice cream shop, […]

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Approx Running Time

75 mins

Age Guidance

12+ recommeded