York Events Calendar

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This guide lists events at a glance, showing what’s on each month. See the highlights of What’s On for York, featuring the best of things to do in York – Live Music and Gigs, Family Events, Art & Culture, Food & Drink and much more. York fundraisers and charity events.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

29 May @ 7:30 pm - 30 May @ 10:30 pm


The incredible ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’ will be bringing their award winning show to York this May. They will be appearing at Theatre Royal 7:30pm (plus kids show 2pm 30th) Fri 29th & Thurs 30th May 2024. 

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest, this is the first ever long-form improv show to have a full West End run and to be nominated and win an Olivier Award.

For those who haven’t yet experienced the live phenomenon that is ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’, the show is a fully-realised musical created on the spot from audience suggestions. The cast take ideas for settings, genres, musical styles and the show title and weave it into ingenious storylines with hilarious characters.

From Lin Manuel Miranda to Stephen Sondheim, whether it’s set in a primary school, Ancient Egypt, or a mattress shop – if the audience thinks it, The Showstoppers can turn it into a hit musical.

Most of the cast have also earned acclaim in their own right. Founder member Ruth Bratt is in the famous Comedy Store Players, the longest running impro show in the country; Pippa Evans is a regular on BBC Radio 4 – and is currently on tour with I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue; and co-founder Adam Meggido directed the West End and Broadway hit show Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The Showtsoppers also regularly run improvisation workshops and courses for beginners and professionals and create hilarious and insightful interviews with theatre stars in The Showstopper! Podcast.

The Showstoppers have performed created more than 1,000 brand new musicals since they were formed in 2008 but they don’t stop working hard at their craft – they have to learn to improvise in the style of every hit show that comes to town and they always encourage audiences to challenge them and keep them on their toes. As a result, they continue fill theatres, delight audiences and win awards. Playbill named them pick of the Fringe in Edinburgh last year and they were the third-highest reviewed show of the entire festival, no mean feat in their 14th year.


29 May @ 7:30 pm
30 May @ 10:30 pm
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Theatre Royal, York
St Leonard's Place
York, YO1 7HD York
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