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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"Elite cast of creators... induces much hilarity and a well-deserving standing ovation."

The Olivier Award winning hit is back at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, the show where every night is opening night, and no one knows how it’s going to go.

Accompanied by a live band, this ever-changing production is created by audiences’ suggestions at the beginning of each show. And what ensues is 70 minutes of spontaneous musical theatre with a talented and hilarious cast taking the audience on a new and uncertain journey every night.

The elite cast of creators seamlessly craft a story filled with off-the-cuff songs and dance routines that induces much hilarity and a well-deserving standing ovation.

The wizardry of improv that is Showstopper! The Improvised Musical makes for an enjoyable evening, no wonder it’s back for its 14th year!




For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city, presenting shows for every taste. Venues can be anywhere, from existing theatres and concert halls to repurposed spaces like bars, parks, buses and shipping containers. The Fringe street events bring colour, excitement and vibrancy to outdoor areas, free of charge.

From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival spans every genre of live performance, including theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, a registered charity, is the company that organises the structure that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The level of commitment required for such an undertaking would not be possible if it weren’t for the enthusiasm of the people of Edinburgh, combined with the longstanding support of our audiences, sponsors, supporters and the goodwill of the Fringe Friends and Angels.

The Fringe Society strives to provide support that exceeds participant and public expectations, and we ask you to join us in supporting this challenge. Every penny you give makes a difference, helping us to develop the services we provide for performers and audience.

There are a number of ways of supporting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, from one-off donations to becoming a Fringe Friend.


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