improvised shakespeare… can it be done? IMPROMPTU SHAKESPEARE BRIGHTON FRINGE 2021 THE WARREN: THE OIL SHED

Saturday 5th June (18:30), Wednesday 30th June (20:15), & Sunday 11th July (16:45)


“The play was so slick and hilarious, I forgot for moments that it was improvised.”



“Simply sublime…side-splittingly hilarious improvised comedy worthy of the Bard himself.”


Sad that Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for over 400 years?

Well, hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by Impromptu Shakespeare’s whip smart cast.

Packed with priceless wit, lyrical smarts, romance, and a dash of double-crossing, this leading ensemble do the Bard proud with a brand new one-act hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions.

Impromptu Shakespeare have been a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, Bristol Shakespeare Festival, and appeared on BBC Shakespeare Live.

“Ingenious and very funny” (Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor).

Each hour-long show is different but unmistakably Shakespearean, echoing his themes, characters and language. It’s perfect for families with children (age guidance 10+) with its winning combination of accessible irreverence whilst striving to be as true as possible to Shakespeare. The cast are not only leading theatrical and comedic improvisers but have a broad array of education and experience in classical text: dissertations on Shakespeare’s works, classical acting training and a multitude of acclaimed Shakespeare credits (including with Shakespeare’s Globe).

“It will leave you hungry for more. See it as often as you can.” Arts York


“Riotous fun!” Plays to See


“The witty repartee made the audience hoot with appreciation” North West End


“Wit in spades” Stage Talk Magazine

Company member Ailis Duff says: “What better way to celebrate the return of live shows!”

“We are all so excited about the return of live theatre. After a year like this, I think everyone is realising that is something truly special about watching a live show with an audience around you – it’s an experience that just can’t be recreated, and that we’ve all missed! And improv is the perfect way back into this; it’s a unique, one-off performance that’s created between the actors and the audience, and it will never happen again. What better way to celebrate the return of live shows!”