Comedy favourites The Pajama Men and the cast of the Olivier Award-winning West End comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, have joined the line-up for The 8th annual 50-Hour Improvathon! taking place this weekend.
London’s hardiest audience (and Stage Review’s Sarah Cox) are preparing to stay up for the weekend to enjoy one of the funniest shows in theatreland.
Extempore Theatre’s 2015 London 50-Hour Improvathon is an improvised comedy soap-opera in 25 episodes. You can stay for one or test your endurance with a weekender.
Acclaimed American improv stars, The Pajama Men, are the latest big name signings to be announced for the shows, taking place at The LOST Theatre this coming weekend.
The Pajama Men – Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez – hailed as the biggest influence on an entire generation of improv and comedy acts, will help get the event off to a stunning start on Friday evening.
Others now confirmed include: Members The Play That Goes Wrong, including Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Bryony Corrigan and Nancy Wallanger; Members of The Comedy Store Players and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – Lee Simpson plus others; Cariad Lloyd; Gemma Whelan;
Dan Starkey; Ruth Bratt; Mark Meer; Paul Foxcroft; Members of Showstopper and Austentatious; RSC actors Alan Cox, Joseph Chance and Oliver Senton; London Cabaret Award Winner Sarah Louise Young.
The Improvathon, opening 7pm Friday and finishing 9pm Sunday, is a 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,” said 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! Come for an episode, or a few, or stay for the whole thing! 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.
Each episode lasts 105 minutes followed by a 15-minute break.
Episodes start at 7.00pm, 9.00pm, 11.00pm, 1.00am, 3.00am etc – right the way through the night.
Audiences can buy tickets for any stand-alone episode or watch as many hours as they like. Many brave the whole extravaganza with a 50-hour pass.
LOST Theatre is at Wandsworth Road, Stockwell.