Since 2008, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has wowed audiences up and down the country. Since their infancy, they have toured the UK extensively and normally sell out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe every year.
The format in itself is fairly straight forward. However, it is very complicated and hard to quite know what it is you are letting yourself in for. Basically, the performers improvise a musical based on the suggestions from the audience. The audience gets full creative control over the show title, the show setting and as you can imagine, many different musical theatre styles.
Since the 21st of January 2019 Showstopper! have found their home at The Other Palace in London’s Victoria whilst at the same time continuing monthly Monday shows at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.
Audiences get to be taken in by a whole new show every single night with hilarious results. No two nights are the same and audiences are always left feeling overwhelmed by the ingenious nature of the performances. Many critics and reviewers claim that this wonderful troupe are pushing improv in a whole new, exciting, direction.
We have seen the show three times now and they were all completely different. In our first time watching the show the audience decided to call it Mind the Gap and set it in the London underground. It included music from Hamiton, Sweeney Todd, Heathers and Singing in the Rain, and it revolved around a couple who got some important documents from a Ministry stolen by Russian spies.
On our second night, the show was called Too Hot To Handle and it was set in Hade’s Hell. The story was totally different, including a dinner date with a duck-billed platypus, a ‘Naked Attraction‘ contest scene, and music from Ruthless and The Lion King amongst others.
The third time we went the show was called Frozen and it was set in a frozen waterfall in Iceland, featuring songs from The Frogs, Mamma Mia!, Hamilton and Heathers. This time it was about a couple that runs sightseeing tours around Iceland with the most charismatic tourists from America and England. It included a very funny scene that felt like a parody of the European song contest Eurovision.
Whilst at The Other Palace in London’s Victoria, audience members should expect to be absolutely blown away by the almighty talent that the troupe has on offer. They won the Olivier Award in 2016 which we all know is by far the most prestigious award that the Society of London Theatre has to offer.
With audiences wanting to see Showstopper! The Improvised Musical again and again, The Other Palace now offers audience members the chance to see a different show twice on Fridays and save £5 when booking for both shows. This in itself proves not only how successfully funny and entertaining the performances are but also the fact that each show is entirely different, and the company certainly make no apologies for that – and they most certainly do not need to!
The actors behind the magic of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical are called ‘The Showstoppers‘ and as well as being well known for their magic and talents on stage, they are also well equipped and experienced in delivering corporate events, training, private parties, workshops and also have earned rave reviews for their Showstoppers! Kids Show.
From time to time the troupe have featured various famous guest performers such as Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Mike McShane (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and even Jim Bowen (Bullseye) amongst others.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will be on show at The Other Palace for the next couple of months until their final performance on Saturday the 16th March. The running time of the performances is approximately around 2 hours in length including an interval for the audiences to dry away their tears of laughter.
Do be sure to catch a performance (or three!) whilst you can. You will certainly be wowed, amazed and left wanting more each and every time you see them perform. We are sure to go at least one more time!