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Impromptu Shakespeare – Last years winners return!

Buxton Fringe 2022

Underground at the Old Clubhouse
Friday 8th (19:00) and Saturday 9th July (17:30)


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 hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions.

Impromptu Shakespeare have been a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, Bristol Shakespeare Festival, appeared on BBC Shakespeare Live, and were the winners of Best Comedy Event at last year’s 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


“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. The pandemic has really shown that there’s something truly special about watching a live show with an audience around you – it’s an experience that just can’t be recreated, and one 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!”



So slick and hilarious, I forgot for moments that it was improvised.

Pocket Size Theatre

Winner: Best Comedy Event, Buxton Fringe 2021


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



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