Showstopper The Improvised Musical Tickets

Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
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Band A £50 Seats reduced to £35.00

Valid on performances from until 17 Dec 2018


Important Info
Showstopper The Improvised Musical Child Policy

Recommended for ages 12 and above.


Important information

Children under 5 will not be admitted.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - -
Wednesday - -
Thursday - -
Friday - -
Saturday - -
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book Showstopper The Improvised Musical Tickets

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical tickets are available for the monthly showing of this improvised performance that brings something new to life at each show!
Olivier Award 2016 winners The Showstoppers are back in the West End transforming audience suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing shows with unpredictable and hilarious results.

With a critically acclaimed West End run, a BBC Radio Four series and nine 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.

Every Showstopper! performance is a hit musical waiting to happen - so don't miss this exclusive season of just 10 performances!
'Top-dollar amusement that doesn't let up. So polished, deft and stirring, it defies belief.' Daily Telegraph
'Magical. Properly funny. A triumph.' The Times
'A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.' Evening Standard?


About Showstopper The Improvised Musical 

Fast, funny and entertaining, the team nightly pull off something incredibly ambitious. They create a real musical from scratch, not just an impro night with songs but a full story with stories and characters you can care about, a live band of incredible musicians, and spontaneous but seamless choreography.


Showstopper The Improvised Musical Child Policy 

Recommended for ages 12 and above. 


Important information

Children under 5 will not be admitted.

Important information

Booking Until
Mon, 17 December 2018
Cast

Showstopper The Improvised Musical Cast

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.


The Musicians 

DUNCAN WALSH ATKINS

CHRIS ASH

CRAIG APPS

ALEX ATTY

YSHANI PERINPANAYAGAM


Production Team 

ADAM MEGGIDO
CREATOR & DIRECTOR

DYLAN EMERY
CREATOR & DIRECTOR

DUNCAN WALSH ATKINS
MUSICAL DIRECTOR

SIMON SCULLION
SET DESIGNER

GABRIELLA SLADE
COSTUME & PROPS DESIGN

TIM MASCALL
LIGHTING DESIGNER

TOM LISHMAN
SOUND DESIGNER

PAUL HENNESSY
PRODUCTION MANAGER

HELEN GAYNOR
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER

DAMIAN ROBERTSON
LIGHTING IMPROVISER

SMALLBED SARAH WILSON
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

JEREMY GEORGE
SOUND NO 1

LAURA RUSHTON
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

DONNA BERLIN
CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT


Producers 

JAMES SEABRIGHT
PRODUCER

JULIE CLARE
PRODUCER

JULIUS GREEN
PRODUCER

KEITH STRACHAN
PRODUCER

IRVING RAPPAPORT
PRODUCER

RAY COONEY
PRODUCER

SUZANNA ROSENTHAL
GENERAL MANAGER FOR SHOWSTOPPER PRODUCTIONS
Reviews

Showstopper The Improvised Musical Critics & Reviews


****
“Magical. properly funny. A triumph.”
THE TIMES

****
“Absolutely magical. genuinely hilarious songs.”
TIME OUT

****
“A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.”
EVENING STANDARD

*****
“So polished, it defies belief.”
THE TELEGRAPH

****
“Staggeringly good… a must-see.”
THE STAGE

****
“Some of the superb musical pastiches they think up might make a few West End veterans blush. Brilliant.”
FINANCIAL TIMES

****
“Deliriously inventive”
WHATSONSTAGE

*****
“Had me weeping with laughter… you absolutely have to go. ”
MAIL ON SUNDAY

*****
“A joyful celebration… so good you need to see it (at least) twice.”
THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

*****
“As mad and fantastic as it purports to be.”
THE LONDONIST

****
“Astounding.”
DAILY EXPRESS

*****
“Unimprovable. Something special. ”
THEATRECAT.COM

*****
“There are book musicals playing in the West End which come nowhere near the artistry, excitement and sheer brilliance of Showstopper!”
BRITISH THEATRE

*****
“Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new full-length musical every time. These guys have to be seen to be believed!”
TIME OUT

****
“Jaw-dropping. glorious moments of spontaneous creation. All the big-hit mega-musicals inspire an audience to want to see them more than once. And I’d see Showstopper! again tomorrow.”
THE TIMES

*****
“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.”
MAIL ON SUNDAY

*****
“A joyous, uproarious collaboration propelled by the quickwittedness of the multi-talented cast and their mischievous onlookers. For sheer madcappery, refreshingly wholesome, good-natured musical slapstick, this musical high-wire act is hard to beat.”
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

****
“Fantastically refreshing, uncynical seat-of-their-pants fun.”
EVENING STANDARD

****
“These hideously talented regulars are pushing improv in new directions. Go marvel..”
THE TELEGRAPH

****
“Astonishing. Showstopper! has everything you could want from a blockbuster musical. It just happens to be made up on the spot.”
METRO

****
“I’m just gobsmacked! … A group of fearsomely able improvisers.”
FINANCIAL TIMES
It takes me a year to write a show. Somehow these guys make up eight hit shows a week.
LORD ANONYMOUS (DISGRUNTLED MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSER)
Venue Info

Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

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Lyric Theatre

Address: 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Capacity: 967

Designed by C J Phipps, the Lyric Theatre opened on 17th December 1888 and is the oldest surviving theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. It was commissioned by Henry J. Leslie as an operetta house, the first production being a transfer of Dorothy from the Prince of Wales Theatre, starring Marie Tempest. The theatre has housed various types of theatre, including operetta and comedy, but has mainly seen plays and musicals take up residence in the 20th century. Notable productions from the early 20th century include The Chocolate Soldier (1910) by Oscar Straus, an operetta setting of George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man. 1911 saw Yvonne Arnaud take the stage in the musical The Girl in the Taxi. And a play about the life of the composer Franz Schubert proved very popular in 1922.

A 1933 redecoration of the building, now managed by Thomas Bostock, made way for a production of Royal Family by George S Kaufman with a roster of talent in its cast – Madge Titheradge, Marie Tempest and the up-and-coming Laurence Olivier, directed by Noël Coward. Over the next 50 years, the Lyric housed plays almost exclusively (Grab Me a Gondola in 1954 and Irma La Douce in 1958 being the obvious exceptions), but this changed in 1983 with the arrival of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers which, although only running from April to October, won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and returned to the West End in 1988 for a record-breaking run, eventually closing in 2013.

1990 saw the arrival of Five Guys Named Moe, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, which ran for five years, and was followed by a revival of another musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’, featuring the music of Fats Waller. Andrew Lloyd webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s musical By Jeeves transferred from the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1996, and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group bought the theatre in 2000. The theatre then saw another healthy succession of almost solidly plays until the arrival of the theatre’s current tenant, Thriller Live, in 2009.

Nimax Theatres has owned the Lyric since 2005.


Seating

The auditorium has four levels – Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. In the Stalls, the view of the stage is slightly obscured by the overhang of the Dress Circle in Rows Q and R. Of note, pillars support the Dress Circle and do hinder the view from certain seats at the back of the Stalls.

In the Dress Circle, the view is compromised by pillars in Row F and beyond, and the shallow rake of the Dress Circle does not guarantee great views for shorter patrons.

The Upper Circle offers rather shallow legroom and whilst the overhang of the Balcony above does not hinder the view, the low ceiling may make some people feel a little claustrophobic.

Of note, the Balcony is very high up and offers little legroom, but the seats, other than the designated restricted view seats at the side of the auditorium, do offer a good view of the stage.


Facilities At Lyric Theatre 

Seat plan: Lyric Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
Access to the Box Office is by three foyer width steps and one small step at the main doors with handrails on either side. There are no steps between the ticketing entrance and the Dress Circle doors. Inside the Dress Circle level there are 5 steps leading to seats. There are 32 (26 from level access entrance) steps leading down into the Stalls level. There is a tall staircase leading to the Upper Circle and Balcony levels. All steps inside the auditorium are highlighted.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 5 headsets.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium, although we recommend an end of row or box seat for their comfort. Staff available to dog-sit. We can take 2 dogs at any one time and advance booking is recommended.

Disabled Access: Entrance is through the left-hand double EXIT door (Royal Entrance) as you face the theatre. Level access to Boxes E, D and C. Boxes C and D can accomodate 1 scooter or wheelchair plus guest. Box E can accomodate 1 scooter or wheelchair plus 2 guests or 2 scooters or 2 wheelchairs.. Slightly restricted view. Transfer seating available to Dress Circle (up 6 steps from Royal Entrance). Wheelchairs stored in cloakroom or front of house store, on Dress Circle level. Venue suitable for scooters – please check when booking. Senior members of staff can assist further in the purchase of refreshments and programmes.

Toilets: Men’s and women’s off the Dress Circle Bar. Women’s 4 steps up from Stalls bar, men’s 11 steps up from Stalls bar. Women’s and men’s off rear Stalls and at Upper Circle and Balcony levels.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet on the left inside the Royal entrance in the Royal Retiring Room


Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

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