All aboard for The 9th Annual London Improvathon at LOST Theatre

Improvathon 2016
Improvathon 2016

Some of the world’s greatest improv comics will be in London later this month to take their place on board the Orient Express for a journey to remember.

Extempore Theatre and Something for the Weekend, in association with Die Nasty, present this year’s 9th Annual London Improvathon which is the most fun you’ll ever have in a theatre – if you can stand the pace. It’s a 50 Hour Improvised Comedy Soap Opera and this year all 25 episodes are set aboard The Orient Express.

Once again staged at the LOST Theatre, near Vauxhall, the event runs from 7pm Friday, April 29, playing in two-hour episodes until the curtain falls after the final episode that’s scheduled to start at 9pm Sunday, May 1 …and, yes, it runs right through the nights with some of the cast staying away for the entire 50-hours.

It will be directed by Adam Meggido (Olivier Award winner for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and Olivier Award Nominee for Peter Pan Goes Wrong) who holds the world record for directing continuous improv – 55 hours in Toronto in 2013!

Olivier Award winner Direcror Adam Meggido Photo Claire Billyard

This year’s epic adventure is a 1930s homage to Agatha Christie, set on board the glamorous Orient Express train. It promises to be an hilarious journey that could, quite literally, take you anywhere…

As the performers become increasingly sleep-deprived, they become unable to censor themselves, resulting in a wild and euphoric playing style unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

Tickets can be bought for a specific two-hour episode or you can buy a full 50-hour event pass. There will also be a special family episode on May 1 at 11am – suitable for kids of all ages!

Among the international stars of improv comedy already confirmed to take part are: award-winnning impro veteran Mark Meer; Dr Who regular Dan Starkey; comedian Ruth Bratt (People Just Do Nothing, Derek, Mongrels); comedian Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer nominee); members of Olivier-nominated West End hit The Showstoppers and the Chortle Award-winning Austentatious; members of the Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre, the people behind The Play The Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong; members of award-winning Canadian troupe Die Nasty including Donovan Workun and Kory Matthewson; Cabaret Act of the Year Sarah-Louise Young and veteran actor Alan Cox.

There will also be a live band and all-night bar.

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