An Improbable Musical

21 - 26 OCT 2022
An Improbable Musical 21 - 26 OCT 2022
Friday 21st October
Saturday 22nd October
Saturday 22nd October
Sunday 23rd October
Tuesday 25th October
Wednesday 26th October

Theatre as live as it gets. Come and witness the creation of a brand-new musical, every night!

You want to know a secret? The best bits of any show, you never get to see: beautiful moments of discovery, fresh minted gags, a story coming alive for the first time – all this happens in the rehearsal room. Less of a secret is that you never see the worst: dead ends, duff choices, bits that don’t fit.

But what if we let you in on the secret and put them ALL on the stage: triumphs, disasters, the wonderful and the what-the-hell? How? By improvising from scratch a new show made especially for the audience that night. Story, song and puppetry conjured from the unlikeliest materials by matchless performers and every moment of creation (or lack of it) witnessed by you. Definitely not an attempt to improvise the “classic” musical but an unapologetic experiment in starting with nothing and seeing where we end up.

The show is directed by Improbable Co-Artistic Director Lee Simpson (70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Theatre of Blood, Comedy Store Players) who also performs. Joining Lee is a cast of seasoned improvisors including Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway; Good Omens, Amazon/BBC; The King and I, London Palladium), Ruth Bratt (People Just Do Nothing, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) Niall Ashdown (Tristan and Yseult, Kneehigh, Whose Line Is It Anyway) and Aya Nakamura (collaborator with Horse+Bamboo and Theatre Rites) who also designs and directs puppetry in the show. Further cast to be announced.

Improbable are maestros of improvised theatre, who for three decades have created make-it-up-as-you-go-along shows that have captivated audiences across the world from off-Broadway to the National Theatre. It might be hilarious or heart-breaking, anarchic or eerily atmospheric but their first ever improvised musical aims to spin theatrical magic out of thin air.

Audio Described performance
Sat 22 Oct 7.30pm

Relaxed performance
Tue 25 Oct 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted performance
Wed 26 Oct 7.30pm

Improbable Present
An Improbable Musical
A Royal and Derngate, Northampton and Improbable Production
At Hackney Empire

★★★★★ “Fantastically funny, original and genius production”
West End Best Friend

★★★★ “Improv masters hit a glorious sweet spot”
The Guardian

Hackney Empire

£33 – £16 (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)

Concessions available.

Running time: 1.5 hours, with no interval

Age Guidance: 14+

Cast & Creative Team

Josie LawrenceCast
Ruth BrattCast
Niall AshdownCast
Aya NakamuraCast
Further cast to be announced
Lee SimpsonDirector and Cast
Christopher AshMusical Devisor and Director
Angela ClerkinAssociate Director
Aya NakamuraPuppet Designer and Director
E.M. ParryDesigner
Colin GrenfellLighting Designer
Oscar ThompsonSound Designer
Will ThompsonSound Designer
Pauline MayersMovement Director

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