Arts Derbyshire


Impromptu Shakespeare





Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July (16:00)



Go and see this show. It’s intelligent, it’s funny, it’s all of the adjectives for brilliant.

Pocket Size Theatre


Winner: Best Comedy Event, Buxton Fringe 2021



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

Broadway Baby


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 does the Bard proud with a brand-new hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions.


Impromptu Shakespeare has been a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and Bristol Shakespeare Festival, appeared on BBC Shakespeare Live, and were the winners of Best Comedy Event at the Buxton Fringe.


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


Each 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


“Non-stop laughter is surely guaranteed. Bravo!” Stage Talk Magazine



Buxton Fringe

Buxton Fringe began in 1980 to run concurrently with the world-renowned Buxton Festival, with international opera and high profile literary talks at its core. The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared – all genres are welcome.



Contact Details:

For press tickets, cast and company biogs, hi-res media pack and any further information:


Phone:                                +44(0)7785 988854




The cast includes some of the UK’s most experienced improvisers, including: Ailis Duff (Notflix: The Improvised Musical, Red Rose Chain), Daniel South (Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, Screwball), Octavia Gilmore (Butterfly Theatre, MusicBox, Multiverse Improv), Jules Munns (The Maydays, Ten Thousand Million Love Stories), Rebecca MacMillan (The Maydays, Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, Steamed! The Improvised Dickens Novel), James Irving (Shakespeare for Breakfast, Bumper Blyton), Tom Wilkinson (Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, Screwball).




“It’s just so much fun!” North West End

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