Showstopper! The Improvised Musical 2016 Olivier Award Winners – Best Entertainment and Family Show.

Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest - direct from the West End and now heading to MAST Mayflower Studios!

With twelve years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all dancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot!

So whether you fancy Hamilton in a hospital or Sondheim in the Sahara, you suggest it and The Showstoppers will sing it!

★★★★★ 'So polished, it defies belief.' Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘If this is what improv can do, you wonder why anyone bothers writing anything
down.’ The Times
★★★★★'Achingly funny... Worth seeing again and again.' Time Out Critics' Choice

Running Time

1 hour 50 minutes including an interval.

Age Advice:


Standard Pricing
Wed 22 - Thu 23 June 7.30pm £24.50 £19.50
MAST Supporters £3.00 off Band A and B only.
Access Membership Companion seats 75% discount at all performances
Groups 10+ £3.00 off. 

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Jonathan Ainscough is an actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, director, writer, musical director and arranger. He studied Music at Manchester University, before completing a Masters in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has worked for the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and also works for the award-winning charity Streetwise Opera, leading music and drama workshops with people experiencing homelessness.

Ruth Bratt is in all three series of BAFTA-winning show People Just Do Nothing (BBC2). She wrote and performed Trodd En Bratt Say Well Done You with Lucy Trodd (BBC Radio 4). She is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, and is part of The Glenda J Collective alongside Josie Lawrence, Cariad Lloyd and Pippa Evans. Credits include Derek (C4), Mongrels (BBC3), and Sarah Millican’s Support Group (BBC Radio 4). @ruthbratt

Justin Brett has worked recently as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet (West End) and extensively in theatres across the UK. He also co-runs Duke’s Comedy Club. TV: EastEnders. Peep Show; Pulling; Dombey & Son; The Queen’s Nose; The Bill; London`s Burning; GhoulLashed; Spooky. Film: War Horse; Gulliver’s Travels; The Fallen; Brothers.

Matt Cavendish trained at LAMDA. Theatre: Showstopper! (Lyric, West End), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway/West End), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (West End and UK Tour), Lights! Camera! Improvise! (Mischief Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre), The Boys From Syracuse (Union), The Borrowers (Erica Whyman), An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall, News Revue. TV: Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC).

Dylan Emery (co-creator/director) has performed at the National Theatre, Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Vic and many times at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as chairing The Showstoppers’ BBC Radio 4 series. He co-founded comedy outfit Grand Theft Impro, is half of Ghost Couple along with Ruth Bratt, is a member of ‘hard-bardics’ troupe The School of Night and runs, a website dedicated to improvisation in the UK. @dylanemery

Pippa Evans is a comedian, an improviser and the calm behind the comical beast that is Loretta Maine. She has been on the radio (The Now Show, 15 Minute Musical, Chatshow Roulette), on TV (Drunk History (Comedy Central), Live at The Electric (BBC3), Fast and Loose (BBC2)) and on tour (Melbourne, Hong Kong, Litchfield). She has received accolades (Best Newcomer Nominee (if.comeddies), Best Musical Act Nominee (Chortle)) and been reviewed (‘Fabulously talented’ Time Out). Twitter: @iampippaevans

Susan Harrison is an Actress, Improviser & Award Winning Character Comedian. Credits include Elephantom (National Theatre), two series of BAFTA nominated Definitely Not Newsround (CBBC), Bagpuss (Soho Theatre), Home: East Lothian (National Theatre of Scotland/Catherine Wheels). @SueHarrison123

Joshua Jackson originally hails from Oakland, California. He has a BA in Music and Theatre at Colgate University, New York and a Masters of Arts from the Arts Educational School, London. His professional credits include: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Tempest, both directed by Kelly Hunter; Planet 3 with Bigger Bang Studios; and voice work for Black Mirror and Keep It Real.

Ali James has performed in numerous pantomimes and musicals nationwide including Norwich Theatre Royal and QDOS Entertainment and has worked as lead vocalist for P&O at sea. She has created a number of roles in workshop musicals for Perfect Pitch and enjoyed success at the Edinburgh Festival with her sketch group Giraffe.

Sean McCann has improvised at Shakespeare’s Globe (with The School of Night), Royal Court, Soho Theatre, West End and Elsinore Castle Denmark. Also BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is the veteran of 18 Improvathons (multi-day improv shows without sleep) in London, Bristol, Liverpool, Canada and Ireland, including the Toronto 55 Hour in December 2013 - the world’s longest-ever long-form. As a director, recent work includes collaborations with Instant Broadway (Andre Theatre, Oslo), Blue (for Bugiardini, Rome) and both Singing in the Dark and Shakespeare Inedito (Italy, touring).

Adam Meggido (co-creator/director) recently directed the Olivier-nominated comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong (West End and UK tour) and also Magic Goes Wrong (West End). He has improvised at Royal National Theatre, Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe, BBC TV & radio, with The Society Of Strange, The School Of Night, Ken Campbell and Rhapsodes. He’s a world record holder in improvisation (55 hours in Toronto, 2013) and creator of the annual London 50 Hour Improvathon. Adam’s musical, Burlesque, won Best New Musical at the 2012 Offie Awards. @adammeggido

Philip Pellew has been improvising for over 25 years including in: Theatresports at the Donmar Warehouse, Hamlet Improvised, The Impro Musical, Impropera and festivals around the world, radio and TV. He has UK and West End theatre credits and is a founder member of the David Glass Ensemble, appearing in Popeye, O The Wall, Gormenghast and The Red Thread. For 6 years he was part of the Lost Child Project working with marginalised children around the world.

Andrew Pugsley trained in musical theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York. He’s recently been performing internationally with improvised horror show, The Society of Strange, and improv comedy troupe Panthercannon. Other theatre: Game Theory (Tristan Bates); The Mikado (The Tabard); MC for Singalong Oliver! (Royal Festival Hall); Wind in the Willows (Brewhouse Theatre). Voiceover: The Prisoner of Zenda (Naxos Audiobooks). @andrewdpugsley

Lauren Shearing trained at LIPA and studied improv in London and Chicago. She is half of double-act Breaking & Entering and performs with Austentatious, Mischief Theatre, The Monkey Toast Players and Grand Theft Impro. She has taken part in London 50 hour Improvathons and was part of O The Top, Youtube’s interactive improv show.

Lucy Trodd is a writer-performer. In 2012 she made her Edinburgh sketch debut in Trodd en Bratt say Well Done You (now two BBC Radio 4 series/Finalists in the BBC Audio Awards 2015). Screen credits include: Tripped, Fool Britannia, Doctors, Fast & Loose, DickandDom, Attachments. @troddenbratt

Heather Urquhart trained in physical theatre & studied improvisation at I.O Chicago. She improvises with The Maydays, 10,000 Million Love Stories & has written a book on musical improv. She is winner of the award for best female performer in the Brighton Fringe Festival and a vocalist with Mercury Music Prize nominated Electric Soft Paradee.

Musical Supervisor

Duncan Walsh Atkins has been musical supervisor for The Showstoppers since 2009. His other improvisation credits include the BBC TV series Fast & Loose and appearances with Mike McShane and Paul Merton. He also coaches musical theatre-based improvisation at classes and workshops around the UK.

Key Creative Credits
Artistic Directors – Adam Meggido & Dylan Emery
Movement Director – Ali James
Set Designer – Simon Scullion
Costume & Props Designer – Gabriella Slade
Lighting Designer – Damian Robertson
Head of Sound – Oscar Thompson for Show Works Ltd
Producers – Keith Strachan, Adam Meggido & Dylan Emer