Upcoming events from Local Listers
Festival of the Spoken Nerd, an unashamedly geeky celebration of comedy, science, maths, music and experiments, is very much a fixture on the London scene these days. So much so that stand-up mathematician (yes, they exist!) Matt Parker, musician Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould are presenting a greatest hits package over ten nights at Soho Theatre. Hands up who likes graphs?
The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show. See 'dates and times' for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.
Missed Edinburgh? No problem. This six-week Waterloo-based arts festival returns to the atmospheric Vaults with a jam-packed line-up of music, theatre, club nights and more. Theatre highlights include an immersive production of 'The Great Gatsby', new play 'A Hundred Different Words For Love' by James Rowland, and gothic comedy 'We Are Bronte'. This year, the ever-expanding Vault Festival will also be hosting shows in Morley College and Network Theatre. Dates, times and prices vary: see our Vault Festival Guide for full info, plus our recommendations on what to see.
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.
The unstoppable 'Showstopper!' is back in 2017 for more improv-based musical theatre larks, this time at the Lyric Theatre until June. The cast of Showstopper are the best musical improvisational group we've ever seen. From a handful of suggestions from the audience they create a full-length, hilarious musical. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at. Read our review of the 2015 run of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical