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This show closed on April 20, 2020

About Showstopper!

A new musical is born at every performance of this incredible show, each created on the spot by the incredible, multi-award winning musical comedians The Showstoppers! Audience suggestions are transformed instantly 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 Showstopper! have delighted audiences around the world with their ingenious, unique blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

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With a clever blend of musical theatre and improvised comedy, the Showstoppers are regular favourites at the Edinburgh Fringe every year. They’ve toured the UK extensively, and they had their own BBC Radio 4 series in 2011. A trip to see these hilarious performers is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Each show begins with the MC (Dylan Emery) receiving a phone call from Sir Cameron Mackintosh asking for a new musical to be written in the next 70 minutes. The audience is then called upon for suggestions as to where it could be set and how the plot should develop. What follows is a completely improvised piece of theatre made entirely from the audience’s input. With dramatic storylines, incredible songs with full group harmonies, and spontaneous dance routines, no one performance of “Showstopper! The Improvised Musical” is ever the same.

So whether you fancy some “Starlight Express” set in a desert or “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” sung from a spaceship — you suggest it and the Showstoppers will sing it!

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What To Watch For

  • The show began as a workshop at the Actors’ Centre in London, when Dylan Emery, Adam Meggido, and Ken Campbell took a group of actors and attempted to get them to perform an hour-long improvised musical in front of a live audience.
  • After a few try-outs at The King’s Head in Islington, the project immediately secured financial backing from veteran of the world of musicals Keith Strachan for the Edinburgh Fringe and a London residency.
  • The show often features guest performers, which in the past has included actor and comedian Matt Lucas.
  • The West End production won an Olivier Award in 2016 for Best Entertainment and Family.

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Run Time

1hr 50min (including interval)

Start Date

End Date


Suitable for ages 12+.

Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

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