It’s the comedy event of the year and something which regularly defeats the doughtiest of theatre critics. Hooray for Hollywood, it’s the 2015 50-Hour Improvathon.
There’s been a lot of talk in the press about drama productions getting shorter. Well here is an event that goes the full distance.
Could you last for 50 hours at the theatre?
The Improvathon is actually broken up so that audiences can drop in when they like to catch an episode or two or stay for longer. Some hardy souls come equipped with sleeping bags but no critic has ever managed the entire show.
This year the theme is Hollywood in the form of an improvised comedy soap-opera in 25 episodes.
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This year, the eighth annual 50-Hour Improvathon, being staged at the LOST Theatre, Wandsworth Road, Stockwell, from 7pm Friday, May 29 to 9pm on Sunday, May 31, is an hilarious homage to all things Hollywood, featuring leading improvisers from the UK and overseas, playing a range of lovable and eccentric characters in modern-day Los Angeles.
Screen sirens, budding starlets, struggling writers, crazed directors, big-shot producers… it takes all sorts to make the most successful movie studio in the world!
“This year’s setting is a celebration of all the movies we know and love – with a dose of red-carpet Hollywood glamour,” promises the event’s director, Adam Meggido.
A core group of around 20 actors will play the whole 50 hours, going without sleep, with guest performers dropping in from time to time.
There will be a band throughout and all night bar. As the performers become increasingly sleep-deprived they lose the ability to censor themselves and an extraordinary new playing style emerges.
Wild, unpredictable, funny and engaging, this is live theatre at its most exciting. It’s like watching an entire DVD box-set of your favourite drama in one viewing.
There is also a special ‘Family Episode’ (Sunday 11am-1pm) where the action is suitable for children.
The cast will feature: Mike McShane, Cariad Lloyd, Ruth Bratt, Improvathon veteran Mark Meer, Gemma Whelan, Dan Starkey, Rachel Parris, Sean McCann, Alan Cox and Sarah-Louise Young.
Also starring members of Mischief Theatre, creators of West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong, winners of the Best New Comedy Whatsonstage Award, who have just been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Originally created by award-winning Canadian troupe ‘Die Nasty’, the event was brought to London by maverick theatre genius Ken Campbell and since then has been produced by Adam Meggido and Extempore Theatre as an annual event at both Hoxton Hall and The Park Theatre.