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…

Friday 23rd June: The Science of Cringe

Picture a Venn diagram where behavioural science, character comedy and storytelling are intersecting the hell out of each other. BBC comedy writer Maria Peters (Sonder/Breaking and Entering/The Playground) explores what cringe is, why we do it and how the world would be without it. If you can’t remember the last time you cringed, this should refresh your memory.

“Pure joy” – LondonImprovTheatre.com, “Not to be missed” – Time Out

★★★★★ – FringeGuru.com

6pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, FREE

Friday 23rd June: Leave To Remain plus Clusterfox and James And I

Charming, unique, and fun, Leave To Remain (formerly With Special Guest) invites the hottest London improvisers on stage to create stories inspired by their life with some help from the audience. Every show is as different as the guest improviser who joins them.

In Clusterfox‘s show the audience is the location manager. Simply tell the cast where you want the play set and they will create the characters on the spot, taking you on an adventure just where you wanted it! The die is cast, players and audience know where it will happen but no one knows what will happen! Watch as the comedy unfolds, created just for you on the night.

James And I improvise short surreal plays where people have to adapt when the rules stop making sense. Oh, and it’s funny.

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/Bumper Blyton

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.

The picnic hamper’s packed, so cast yourself back to the 1940s when you could delight in lashings of ginger beer, a mouth full of tongue sandwich or get your lips round a nice spotted dick!

In this riotous improvised spoof of the nation’s most beloved author, the all-star cast spin an entirely new adventure for grown-ups using audience suggestions and inspiration from the Blyton classics! Bumper Blyton features an Eton mess of all-star comedians from across the UK improv circuit.

‘Delightfully silly’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘They’re phenomenal’ **** (RemoteGoat.com). ‘Pick of the Fringe’ (DailyRecord). ‘Plenty of laughs’ (BroadwayWorld.com)

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

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Thursday 29th June: Thursday Night Lights featuring Ramshackle, Derek’s Mojo, and Arfie

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!

8pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, PWYW 

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

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Friday 30th June: Schutte The Unromantic

Schutte The Unromantic is Katy’s new storytelling stand-up comedy show coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. A comic solo show written and performed by Katy Schutte (Happily Never After/Knightmare Live/Who Ya Gonna Call?). This is the story of her trying to find love despite freezing up at chocolates, serenades and thoughtful surprises. For the record, Katy is perfectly happy to put Baby in a corner.

Praise for Katy’s previous work:
“Hilarious” – Colin Mochrie, “Bloomin’ Marvellous” – David Schneider, “Brilliant!” – Matthew Holness.

★★★★★ – Three Weeks (for Who Ya Gonna Call?)

★★★★★ – Broadway Baby (for Happily Never After)

★★★★★ – Edinburgh Reviews (for Knightmare Live)

6pm, The Nursery Theatre, Liverpool Street, FREE

Friday 30th June: The Maydays featuring Scott Adsit 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

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

Book here!