Showstopper! Takes Improv To The Next Level At The Other Palace

Showstopper!, The Other Palace ★★★★★

Showstopper! Takes Improv To The Next Level At The Other Palace Showstopper!, The Other Palace 5
Photo: Alex Harvey-Brown

Roll over Paul Merton; Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! is so much more than just scene performance. This talented troupe conjures up improvised songs, dance routines, and jokes right in front of your eyes.

There’s no time for prep; moments after talented compère Dylan Emery pulls random inspiration from the audience (location: an allotment in Cornwall; musical influences: Little Women, Wicked, 42nd Street and Rent), the troupe prances onto the stage opening with a whole routine about said allotment in Cornwall, leaving us all open-mouthed.

Photo: Alex Harvey-Brown

We’re still bewildered about how this all comes together — how on earth do they create such loveable and funny characters, a plot (with a twist) and an entire repertoire of fake showtunes on the spot, while making it look so easy? It’s delightful and confusing in equal measure.

What is also pleasing to see is two strong female comedians (Ruth Bratt from People Just Do Nothing and improv veteran Pippa Evans) carrying the plot of this particular narrative and providing the bulk of the comedy; something we seldom see on such a male-dominated scene.

Photo: Alex Harvey-Brown

The show has an eight-week run at The Other Palace. And the best part? You can go again and again; every show is different.

Showstopper!, The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA. Tickets £20, until 16 March 2019.

Last Updated 29 January 2019