Showstopper Productions and Something For The Weekend present:

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The 2016 Olivier Award Winners for Best Entertainment & Family Show
Return to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for an 11th consecutive year!

1st – 26th August at The Pleasance Grand

“If you really want to know how to build a musical…watch The Showstoppers. It’s bliss.”
★★★★ The Times

“Had me weeping with laughter… you absolutely have to go.”
★★★★★ Mail On Sunday

Internationally celebrated and critically acclaimed improvised musical comedy Showstopper! The Improvised Musical returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for an amazing 11th year. After an incredible season last summer, with packed houses throughout the run, they proved that you simply can’t go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and not see The Showstoppers.

Following their 2016 Olivier Award Winning West End run at the Apollo Theatre and an ongoing celebrated UK tour, The Showstoppers made 2017 their best year yet, one brand new musical at a time.

This summer The Showstoppers will yet again delight Edinburgh audiences by creating a completely new production, live on stage and on-the-spot every night, at the Pleasance Grand from 1st – 26th August.

No two performances are ever the same as The Showstoppers take audience suggestions and spin a new comedy musical out of thin air – stories, characters, tunes, lyrics, dances, harmonies and all – with hilarious results. If you’ve thought improv looked difficult before, try doing it in time (and in tune) to music! The Showstoppers truly are the masters of musical theatre high-wire.

The Showstoppers began in 2008 and have gone on to become the UK’s most acclaimed and in-demand musical improv performance group, triumphantly developing into a must-see global phenomenon. Each summer they return to where it all began, this year for an incredible 11th season, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – one of the world’s most famous comedy festivals. With a critically acclaimed West End run at the Apollo Theatre, a current residency at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series to their name, The Showstoppers have taken their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity around the globe, receiving accolades and awards including the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family Show 2016, Chortle Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act 2016, The Times Best of the Fringe, Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit Of The Fringe Award and nominations for MTM Best Production Award and MTM Judges’ Discretionary Award.

The Showstoppers are also presenting the 11th annual London 50-hour Improvathon, Strictly Not Dancing!, next weekend (9th – 11th February) at The Stockwell Playhouse.

The Cast:

The rotating cast features some of the brightest minds at the forefront of the UK improv scene and in the world of comedy and musical theatre. The company includes co-founders Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery plus Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt, Sarah-Louise Young, Andrew Pugsley and Lucy Trodd.

What the press have said about The Showstoppers:

”A high-wire act of top notch improv dexterity, consummately performed at breakneck speed, the show delivers on every level” ★★★★ Daily Mail

“Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new musical every time. Worth seeing again and again.” ★★★★★ Time Out London Critics’ Choice

“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

“It is surely impossible that anyone might leave without a smile across their face.” ★★★★ Broadwaybaby.com

“Awe-inspiring… a great choice for lovers of musicals and musical rookies” ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

“A shining example of how good improv can be.” ★★★★ Chortle

“They truly are the masters of longform improvisation. These guys have to be seen to be believed! The best musical improvisation group we’ve ever come across. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at!”
★★★★★Time Out Critics’ Choice

“Showstopper! is a perfect example of skill and talent combined.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Some creators take years to write rubbish, this team create gems in an hour every night. Simply outstanding.” ★★★★★ One4review

“An irresistible whirlwind of energy…Improvisation is being taken to new heights.” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“These hideously talented regulars are pushing improv in new directions – go marvel” ★★★★ Daily Telegraph

“If you really want to know how to build a musical…watch Showstoppers. It’s bliss.” ★★★★ The Times

Website: http://www.theshowstoppers.org
Twitter: @TheShowstoppers

Listings Information:
Dates: 1nd – 26th August
Show: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (not 14th)
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard – Grand
Address: 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9TJ
Time: 6pm (70 mins)
Price: Previews £10, Early Week £13 (£11) Midweek £15 (£13), Weekend £17 (£15)
Box office: www.pleasance.co.uk / www.edfringe.com

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard, Matthew Christian or Claire Hoyda at [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
or on 020 7690 0006

To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office on 0131 556 6557 / [email protected]