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
 
  • 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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  • The Other Palace 13022019

      13th May 2019

    Test…

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

      1st January 1970

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

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Parking

Masterpark – Chinatown, Newport Place

Approx Running Time

90 minutes + 20 minute interval

Public Transportation

Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

Bus Routes

1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

Age Guidance

12+ recommeded