July Shows

Every week The Nursery presents a selection of the best improvised theatre and comedy that London has to offer. We have sketch shows and plays, musicals and games, regular nights, special guests and international stars, all at our brand new theatre in the centre of the city of London!

Check out our listings below…


Saturday 1st July: Scott Adsit and Friends plus Improvable/TBA

Improv legend Scott Adsit joins us at the new Nursery Theatre, along with some very special guests…

Scott has been acting and teaching for many years. He was a resident member of Second City’s Mainstage and ETC companies and won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Best Actor Award for his work there. He still improvises constantly at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Manhattan while performing and teaching around the world.

Scott has also appeared in many television shows, most notably playing producer Pete Hornberger on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock. Currently, he is appearing on HBO’s Veep. He also played Baymax in Disney’s Academy Award winning Best Animated Feature, Big Hero 6.

Improvable play their own mix of original games with joy and reckless abandon. It’s a bit like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” but higher energy and sillier. Fast-paced merriment and deep belly laughs guaranteed.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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Thursday 6th July: Thursday Night Lights Queer Special as part of  Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival – Featuring Paper Planes, The Lemonade Brigade and Rita Suszeck

 

 

Part Jam, part workshop and part show. Each week, three specially curated jam sessions to help bring out the best of everyone. Each jam section has it’s own distinct feel, including our patented ‘concept jam’ where we you get to flex improv muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Everyone gets to warm up and know each other before the show and is guaranteed plenty of stage time in a warm, encouraging atmosphere to grow and sharpen thier improvisation skills. Alongside the Jam, each week at #TNL, we also have an amazing line-up of acts; a selection of the UK’s finest Improv talent. It’s a place where you’ll see a mix of  the most experienced performers on the circuit trying out something new and brand new groups cutting their teeth in a supportive atmosphere, meaning you could be jamming alongside some of the most seasoned improvisers on the circuit in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

SO, whether you come to watch, or play, or both, #TNL is the perfect improv night for you!

FREE (PWYW) Show 8pm, Doors 7.45

To take part in any of the Jam sections, you must arrive for 7pm to register – click below for more info on how the night works

More info

About the groups:

Cambridge-based PAPER PLANES present Imaginarium, heartfelt stories in the form of an improvised musical for your delight and amusement. With support from RITA SUSZECK improvising an incredible set of songs at the piano, LEMONADE BRIGADE, a five-person all-gay group who have Avengers-assembled especially for the festival.


Friday 7th July: BEINGS plus Open Roads and Classic Andy

Susan Harrison (Showstoppers, Monkey Toast) and Andrew Gentilli (Music Box, The Inflatables) are BEINGS. Sometimes human, often not. In this enchanting show, audience suggestions inspire three improvised tales dealing with the delights and woes of various… lifeforms. Enshrouded in an unusual soundscape by Dylan Buckle.

“Some of the best character improvisers in the country. It’s a joy to watch.” Steve Roe, Hoopla

You know that thing someone you know does? Something that is classic them? Maybe they can’t stop clicking pens, they laugh at inopportune moments, or they just always see the positive in any situation. Tell Classic Andy about it and they will dedicate a show to that person, using their unique characteristics to inspire a series of free-flowing improvised scenes.

“Their intelligence and trust was on another level.” – Broadway Baby

Open Roads is an improvised road trip movie, driven by your song suggestions and based on the game Ribbon Drive by Avery Alder. Two people on a road trip with their hopes and dreams strung along the highway. It might be funny, sad or just plain beautiful. Give us your songs, let’s make a mixtape and head for open roads.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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Saturday 8th July: Piggyback

Stand-up and improv comedy unite in one explosively funny night! Join us as a cast of experienced improvisers weave a (dramatic! funny! exciting!) play in three acts based on the work of three (hilarious! explosive! very attractive!) stand-up comedians.

Originally produced at Unexpected Productions in Seattle, USA, Piggyback has been a cult hit in the States, and that are “straight up stoked” to bring the underground phenomenon to a new home in London. This show features Lucy Roper, Ross Smith and Jon Long.

Lucy Roper was a Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year Finalist in 2015. She made her Edinburgh Fringe debut last year with a double-bill show, ‘Michael and Roper: Three’s A Crowd, Four’s An Audience’, and had a packed house at her new work in progress ‘Girlfriend Material’ at Leicester Comedy Festival this year. According to Broadway Baby she is: “Sitting somewhere between Milton Jones’ abstract tidbits and Noel Fielding’s quiet oddness”.
Ross Smith is a comedian, MC, writer, actor and So You Think You’re Funny 2015 Semi-Finalist! Jason hanford called him: “Brilliant!- You know an act has confidence in his jokes when he laminates them!” And So You Think You’re Funny’s Julia Chamberlain said he was: “Smart and refreshingly clean material, Ross has the composure and likeability to go far”.
Jon Long performs stand up comedy with songs. His laid back, affable style and sharp writing have seen him win the Comedy Store King Gong and made Audience Favourite at the Musical Comedy Awards 2016. Bruce Dessau described his comedy as: “Clever gags and witty songs…delivered with laser-guided timing”.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

Book here!


Thursday 13th July: Thursday Night Lights featuring Jinni Lyons Is An Only Child, The Verbs, and Somewhat Theatre

Part Jam, part workshop and part show. Each week, three specially curated jam sessions to help bring out the best of everyone. Each jam section has it’s own distinct feel, including our patented ‘concept jam’ where we you get to flex improv muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Everyone gets to warm up and know each other before the show and is guaranteed plenty of stage time in a warm, encouraging atmosphere to grow and sharpen thier improvisation skills. Alongside the Jam, each week at #TNL, we also have an amazing line-up of acts; a selection of the UK’s finest Improv talent. It’s a place where you’ll see a mix of  the most experienced performers on the circuit trying out something new and brand new groups cutting their teeth in a supportive atmosphere, meaning you could be jamming alongside some of the most seasoned improvisers on the circuit in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

SO, whether you come to watch, or play, or both, #TNL is the perfect improv night for you!

FREE (PWYW) Show 8pm, Doors 7.45

To take part in any of the Jam sections, you must arrive for 7pm to register – click below for more info on how the night works

More info


Friday 14th July: Project2 and The Unplanned Cabaret

Improv. The final frontier. These are the voyages of Project2. Its ongoing mission: to explore nerd culture, to invent new relationships and new connections, to boldly touch one another, to joyfully meld minds and to make jokes about the Captain’s log.

Riding the wave of the cabaret revival, The Unplanned Cabaret brings you all the sparkling dresses and fake eyelashes, all the smooth voices and faded glamour, but with the added delight that everything you see is improvised right in front of you. Cabaret that can never be repeated. The UK’s best musical improvisers take turns to croon a love song and belt out a ballad, with maybe just a little poetry and burlesque thrown in for good measure.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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Saturday 15th July and Saturday 22nd July: Razowsky And Munns and Class Showcase

David Razowsky is a former artistic Director of the Second City Training Centre, where he spent 21 years making things up and helping others to do the same. He has worked with companies including Boom Chicago, Steppenwolf and Dreamworks Animation Studio. He was a creative consultant on Whose Line is it Anyway? and was taught by Del Close himself. In fact, in improvisation, there isn’t that much that he hasn’t done, taught or talked about on his fantastic podcast, ADD Comedy.

In Razowsky And Munns, he is joined onstage by our very own Jules Munns, one of the founders of The Nursery. Jules plays with The Maydays, Ten Thousand Million Love Stories and Impromptu Shakespeare.
An annual event that happens sometimes more than once a year. Two actors, two chairs. More dream than fiction.
With support from the students of David’s intensive courses.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

Book here!


Thursday 20th July: Thursday Night Lights featuring Age of Adventure, YA YAs, and Doctor Twoprov

Part Jam, part workshop and part show. Each week, three specially curated jam sessions to help bring out the best of everyone. Each jam section has it’s own distinct feel, including our patented ‘concept jam’ where we you get to flex improv muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Everyone gets to warm up and know each other before the show and is guaranteed plenty of stage time in a warm, encouraging atmosphere to grow and sharpen thier improvisation skills. Alongside the Jam, each week at #TNL, we also have an amazing line-up of acts; a selection of the UK’s finest Improv talent. It’s a place where you’ll see a mix of  the most experienced performers on the circuit trying out something new and brand new groups cutting their teeth in a supportive atmosphere, meaning you could be jamming alongside some of the most seasoned improvisers on the circuit in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

SO, whether you come to watch, or play, or both, #TNL is the perfect improv night for you!

FREE (PWYW) Show 8pm, Doors 7.45

To take part in any of the Jam sections, you must arrive for 7pm to register – click below for more info on how the night works

More info


Friday 21st July: Impromptu Shakespeare and The Maydays’ Happily Never After

Impromptu Shakespeare create an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play, improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Whether you know all 37 plays – or none – this is the show for you. Join them for an hour of riotous fun as the cast buckle on the Bard’s britches to bring you the plays he never wrote.

★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

“An impressive display” – Three Weeks

“Ingenious and very funny” – Will Gompertz

Award-winning improvisers The Maydays present Happily Never After: a dark and twisted musical tale inspired by the warped imaginations of film director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice) and The Brothers Grimm. The Maydays take you to mysterious worlds, meeting the grotesque and the innocent, and weave a fantastical tale that’s different every time. With black comedy, dynamic physicality, a bespoke cinematic soundtrack and skin-prickling songs, Happily Never After is a playful, creepy and delightfully dark experience.

“Happily Never After is hilarious. Catch it if you can!” – Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)

“Surreal, original and hugely fun” ★★★★★ – The Latest

“Mesmerising” ★★★★★ – Fringe Guru

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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Wednesday 26th: DDG Presents… No Guts No Guano

Duck Duck Goose Improv – London’s longest-running, best-loved weekly jam – takes flight for one night from its Monday slot at the Effra Social, Brixton, and makes its nest at The Nursery to showcase Team DDG’s wide range of groups in all their different formats.

DDG house team, DuckDuckTales, takes you on a thrilling ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’-style journey where YOU, the audience, decide the players’ fate. You’ll also see hilarious darlings of the London improv scene The Parentheticals; adorable two-prov Gorilla Panic; killer comedy from blistering new female team 20% Less; sparkling wit from Glow In The Dark and a side-splitting set from duo Two’s a Crowd. Plus: you can join in a trademark DDG jam! Guano, you know you want to…

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, FREE


Friday 28th: Pippa Evans – Joy Provision! (preview) plus BIG NOW and The Committee

What is going on? America is being run by a stroppy, orange teenager, new wars are starting every day and now the courgettes are running out.

All’s not lost though. Olivier (as part of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Chortle Award-winner Pippa Evans returns with a new show, less about how love will tear us apart but rather how the little things might just keep us together. Have your joy levels optimised by the known pleasures of “a comic genius” (Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave).

“The finest female character comic around” – Time Out

BIG NOW are BIG and NOW at the same time (i.e. NOW). BIG NOW are an improvised comedy group from London. BIG NOW are.

One of London’s hottest new improv groups, The Committee, present 25 minutes of hilarious, fast-paced improvised comedy – all of it made up on the spot by performers as seen on BBC One, Channel 4 and Radio 4. The audience will set the meeting’s agenda and watch as The Committee unpack the topics of the day using a montage of scenes and games. Made up of comedians, directors, screenwriters and authors, whose work can be seen across television, stage, radio and bookshelves, The Committee are a lot more exciting than they sound.

“Off-beat brilliance” ★★★★ – The Times
★★★★★ – Time Out

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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Saturday 29th July: Sonder plus Ten Thousand Million Love Stories/The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in all its Flaws and Wonders

Sonder (Sally Hodgkiss, Chris Mead and Emily Murphy) is an improvised theatre company. Formed in 2017, Sonder has a passion for improv that is heartfelt, committed and playful. The word ‘sonder’ means the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Sonder is fascinated by people: our lives, relationships and shared experiences, and is committed to telling meaningful, improvised stories with humanity at their heart.

A two-person, multi-character improvised longform with Heather Urquhart and Jules Munns. Ten Thousand Million Love Stories is a show about love, what it means and how we succeed and fail in it.

“Clever, complicated, and relevant… Could this be the future of comedy?”
– Fringe Guru

“The perfect balance between realism and comedy slapstick… as funny as it was impressive” – Brighton’s Finest

The Society is part-show and part self-help group. Don’t worry, you are already a member. The society is composed of all of those who believe in the great and unrealised potential of mankind, including Nursery improvisers and even members of the audience. The society improvise what is, was and should be. Mankind needs us all.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

Book here!