Summer 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 20th July: Thursday Night Lights featuring BIG NOW, 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!

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

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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 Broadgate, 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 Broadgate, 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 Broadgate, 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 Broadgate, Liverpool Street, £8 plus booking fee

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