Improvised musical is coming to the Theatre Royal

A show where the audience participates in its creation is coming to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Two performances of “Showstopper! The Improvised Musical” is taking place on Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25.

The musical will be created from scratch each night, live on stage and based on audience suggestions and there will also be a chance for children to participate in a separate show.

The cast transform suggestions of setting, genre and style into a full length musical, with dance routines, moving story-lines, songs, full-group harmonies and hilarious characters. The audience can even name that night’s show.

The show began life in 2008 as a workshop at the Actors’ Centre, in London, when Dylan Emery, Adam Meggido and Ken Campbell took a group of actors with little or no improvisation experience and within a week attempted to get them to perform an hour-long extemporised musical in front of a packed house.

This was such a success that Dylan and Adam decided to gather a group of professionals and create a fully-fledged show.

Over 10 years later it’s still going, stronger than ever thanks to the year-round tours, Edinburgh Fringe runs and most recently a London West End residency at The Other Palace, on top of their monthly Mondays at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue.

More recently the team have branched out with a children’s version of their show – The Showstoppers’ Kids Show – where ideas and imaginations will be brought to life on stage. Every insane suggestion, every inspired idea, every joyful noise will get used to create a bonkers, brilliant and hilarious show. The audience decides where the story is set, what happens next and who the characters are.

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