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Cast announced for new improvised comedy An Improbable Musical, beginning its UK tour at Exeter Northcott Theatre this September!

This sounds awesome, and a whole lot of fun, and today internationally-acclaimed theatre company Improbable have shared news of the excellent full cast and company for new improvised comedy An Improbable Musical, which begins the UK tour at Exeter Northcott Theatre from 27th September to 1st October!

Clarke Joseph-Edwards will join Aya Nakamura who directs puppetry and performs, bringing to life an array of objects, puppets, and Improbable’s trademark materials like paper, and sticky tape. The show is directed by Improbable Co-Artistic Director Lee Simpson (Paul Merton’s Improv Chums, Comedy Store Players) who also performs in this production alongside a group of highly experienced improvisers includes Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway?; Good Omens), Ruth Bratt (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Niall Ashdown (Kneehigh, Whose Line Is It Anyway?).

An Improbable Musical seeks to expand the vocabulary of what we think improvisation can do by incorporating puppetry and material animation, movement and music in a fully improvised show. It could be hilarious or heart-breaking, anarchic or eerily atmospheric, but it is definitely essential viewing for anyone who likes their theatre as live as it gets…. Lee Simpson, co-artistic director of Improbable had this to say:

An Improbable Musical is different from most improv shows because it’s not an improv version of a well-known genre. This show starts from nowhere, could end up anywhere and has no idea how it is going to get there. That means each show is truly made by the people on stage and how they respond moment to moment. Even by improv standards this is a high wire act with no safety net.”

There will be audio described, BSL interpreted, captioned and relaxed performances across the run – See your local venue website for details, book here for Exeter:


After their time in Exeter, the troupe head off to London for a limited time at Hackney Empire from 21 October, with a look to touring the UK in spring 2023, including Gulbenkian Theatre (13 – 15 April), and further tour dates to be announced.


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