June 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…


Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd June: Sonder present: Neverfolk

A new project from Chris Mead, Emily Murphy and Sally Hodgkiss.

We eat. We sleep. We desire. We tell stories. Every culture, every society. We tell stories to try and understand who we were and who we might yet become. These are the folktales that never were. That might still be. Improvised stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Of everyday lives and the magic that bleeds from their edges.

Sonder creates improvised theatre that is funny and heart-breaking. Wise and foolish. Stories that live for a glorious moment and then never again.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8

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Friday 9th June: The Committee plus The Dreaming and The Same Faces

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

The Dreaming are an “avant-garde art collective” who “channel the Jungian skein” to “organically develop a perspective from several mouths and bodies”. This is apparently only “the beginning of a fluid journey”, a “revery”, in which “the audience is complicit”. No, we’ve no idea what they mean either. They’re very earnest, but maybe not as serious as they sound.

The Same Faces are an improvised comedy group based across Leicester & Northampton. They specialise in short-form improvisation, including improvised scenes, songs, and word play.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8

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Saturday 10th June: [Emotion] Play plus Phil Lunn Is… and Troupeless

Look at the city and let the years fall away. Watch as skyscrapers retract back into the ground; as grass bristles along the pavements and the air grows still and clear. Brick becomes stone becomes wood becomes clay. You live here. This patch of earth. This world in potentia. And all of history churns beneath your feet. In [Emotion] Play a series of entirely improvised and entirely interconnected stories that play out on a canvas that spans 200 millennia and 12 foot square. Dozens of lives, loves, comedies and tragedies unfolding throughout time with a single thing in common. They all happened here.

An evening with a lady who isn’t to be forgotten. Phil Lunn Is… a cabaret singer, created for this one performance. Entirely improvised songs and entirely improvised conversation, all inspired by the audience.

They were troupeless, so they formed Troupeless, so now they’re not troupeless because they’re Troupeless! A short-form group with no shortage of shenanigans.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8

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Friday 16th June: Bright Lights, Big City Impro plus The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in all it’s Flaws and Wonder/TBA

For one night only, City Impro will be bringing their Edinburgh debut show to The Nursery Theatre. Watch these improvisers at the top of their game in a rip-roaring rollercoaster of improvised comedy. Using audience suggestions, they will create an epic series of fast-paced games, scenes and songs for a once-in-a-lifetime (no really!) performance.

“The masters of improvisation” – Time Out
“Incredibly Good” ★★★★ – Arts Award Voice

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

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Saturday 24th June: Ten Thousand Million Love Stories plus The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in all its Flaws and Wonders/TBA

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

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Friday 30th June: The Maydays plus Swipe Right and Me Plus One

One of the most experienced and respected improv teams in the UK, The Maydays are 13 years old this year. They have played across the UK, Europe and the world, and this June they are bringing their signature brand of freewheeling black comedy and character-driven surrealism to The Nursery Theatre. Chortle described them as “one of the best improvised shows out there” and “a must see””. We agree.

★★★★★ – Fringe Guru

★★★★★ – Fringe Review

★★★★★ – The Latest 

Swipe Right play the relationships you want to see, and the relationships you don’t. Inspired by randomly chosen music, they always have an eye on the joyful, skipping from the realistic to the surreal.

Me Plus One – Improv With Two People is a two-time Edinburgh Fringe hit show which sees Edinburgh-based improviser Mark Craig (TBC Improv) joined by a different special guest improviser each performance to create an entirely new and unique two-person comedy show based off one word from our audience. There’s no rehearsal time, no format for the show and no safety net – just two performers figuring out how to work together in real time.

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, £8

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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

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