Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Comedy (improv, musical theatre)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Grand
  • 18:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: The Showstoppers / Something for the Weekend
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Edinburgh must-see, Olivier Award-winning (Best Entertainment and Family Show) West End hit returns for its 12th consecutive year! A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show. Each night audience suggestions are transformed into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. A Fringe favourite and a phenomenon; your Edinburgh is simply incomplete without it. 'The top musical improvisers in the business... Compulsory Fringe viewing... Just book in time' ***** ( 'Had me weeping with laughter' ***** (Mail on Sunday). 'Achingly funny... Worth seeing again and again' ***** (Time Out).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Ramped entrance via driveway off main road. Seats while queuing available inside.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Colin Lusk 87 days ago

Like everyone else I was surprised this could be made to work but by the end I was helpless with laughter.

Joanne Smith 88 days ago

Really good show. A fun filled hour - thoroughly recommend.

Alastair McInnes 89 days ago

I've never understood how this is even possible yet, every year, this company creates a musical out of thin air. Astonishing skills, guaranteed to have you laughing throughout.

Davey 91 days ago

Amazing as always. These guys have their art down to perfection and always deliver. A must see year after year after year.

Rachael Bermingham 91 days ago

Genuinely brilliant! I don’t know how they manage to improvise so superbly - especially the ensemble pieces. The whole cast performs incredibly well and somehow manages to invest plenty of emotion into the musical. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Harriet Rackham 92 days ago

A truly amazing musical based on the audience's wishes - along with a superb cast and crew, this is definitely a must-see musical!

Katy Griffiths 93 days ago

Where else could you get a whole musical written in front of your very eyes? I am truly in awe of the talent of these performers and all in different musical genres. Loved the Family Bonding that went on tonight.

Jamie Turner 93 days ago

This was great fun and so impressive!

Tony 94 days ago

A slick improvised musical, almost too good at making it look easy.

Melanie Tyson 95 days ago

I really enjoyed this show. It was funny and the music and songs were fantastic. It's a really good family show and a very polished production.

Elizabeth Kaye 97 days ago

Mind Blown!! How do they do it?! It's incredible to watch it a whole musical be created right in front of your eyes! We bought tickets for two nights because it was so funny and every show is a whole different experience. 10 out of 10!

Fringe Bingers 98 days ago

Third time we have seen this show. It is still as energetic, quick-witted, hilarious, skillful and fresh as ever before. 4.5*

Cheryl Hutchison 100 days ago

Fantastic show. Very talented actors and musicians. So impressive how quickly they think on their feet and can come up with a such a funny musical based on the audiences ideas.

Pauline 101 days ago

Some shows are better than others due to the nature of the show but always great fun

Louise McCorkindale 102 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed, am amazed at how these performers can think so quickly on their feet! A show for everyone, any age, who loves a wee musical.

Alexander S 108 days ago

Highly disappointed! Was expecting something much more entertaining, but was mediocre at best. The cast didn't seem to actually try to sing the songs in the genre given, and the show would drag and nothing was very inventive. Host would lead the cast in their scenes when they seemed stuck. YAWN. I much more enjoyed another improv show with a similar concept called Baby Wants Candy. Most of the audience was drinking so maybe that helped this show along. Disappointed

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Culture Bean 87 days ago

Showstopper is, well, a showstopper. I’m forever in awe of their mad improv skills and even if there is some secret trickery that helps them deliver the show, I don’t want to know it. If you want a guaranteed laugh and you love a bit of song and dance, then this is for you.

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 90 days ago

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has a reputation for excellence, on trial with each performance. With a rotating cast drawn from over twenty professionals, a run on the West End and eleven years at the Fringe under their belts, audiences would be entitled to expect a lot from the Showstoppers. They...

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Bouquets and Brickbats (5/5 stars) 101 days ago

Showstopper! is an Edfringe institution. The Olivier award-winning show has been here for the past twelve years, playing to huge crowds at the Pleasance Grand.

If you’re looking for the perfect show to make you forget your woes, Showstopper! is an ideal choice. My only regret? Why have I waited so long to see it?

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My Fair Theatregoer (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

There’s something thrilling about being in the presence of performers who are firmly in the moment and enter each performance not knowing where the show will lead them. As the musical is based on suggestions by the audience and their enthusiastic cheers in favour of a certain idea, the format in theory should never go stale.

The performers do try to include synchronised choreography but at best you’re going to get some swaying and simple hand movements. More impressive is how the cast are able to hold a six part harmony and do it better than some other rehearsed musicals out there.

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