improvathon artwork onlyThe Seventh Annual London Improvathon


The seventh annual London Improvathon presented by Extempore Theatre in association with Die Nasty and KPS for Park Theatre.

An epic 50-hour improvised comedy soap opera in twenty-five 2-hour episodes.
Starting at 7pm on Friday January 24th and finishing at 9pm on Sunday January 26th, 2014.

The setting – The Starship Xanadu – the galaxy’s finest cruise ship, known throughout the universe as ‘the future of entertainment.’

Here’s a video showing you what you are about to experience…

Join us on a holiday that’s literally out of this world. It’s the Love Boat in Space!

A hilarious homage to all things sc-fi featuring the finest improvisers from the UK and overseas.

A core group of approximately 25 actors will play the whole 50 hours, going without sleep, with guest performers dropping in from time to time. There will be a band throughout and an all night bar!

There is also a special ‘Family Episode’ (Sunday 11am-1pm) where the action is suitable for kids.

As the performers become increasingly sleep-deprived they lose the ability to censor themselves and an extraordinary new playing style emerges. Wild, unpredictable, funny and engaging, this is live theatre at its most exciting.


Mark Meer – one of the finest improvisers in North America. Mark is also the voice of Commander Shepherd, leading character in the Mass Effect trilogy, one of the most successful video games of all time.

Sarah Louise Young – award-winner Sarah Louise Young is one of the brigthest stars on the cabaret circuit. Her recent homage to Julie Andrews – Julie Madly Deeply – was a smash hit at the Edinburgh 2013 Festival and transferred to the West End

Cariad Lloyd – Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, the rising star of Austentatious recently launched her own show – The Cariad Show – on BBC 3.

Ruth Bratt – one of the UK’s top improvisers, she recently featured with Ricky Gervais in Derek and with Vic Reeves in The Ministry Of Curious Stuff and is a regular player in Showstopper The Improvised Musical.

Pippa Evans – Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Funny Women award winner, Pippa is often known as alter-ego Loretta Maine.

Jeff Haslam – one of the main players at Die Nasty (Canada), Jeff is a veteran of longform events having appeared in over twenty fifty-hour ‘Soapathons’. He is the artistic director of Teatro La Quindicina in Alberta.

Directed by Adam Meggido and Sean McCann (both from award-winning Showstopper The Improvised Musical and The School Of Night). Adam is one of only three people in the world to direct for fifty hours and this December he set a new world record for longest continuous directing of improvisation in Toronto in leading Canadian theatre company Soulpepper’s mammoth 55-hour show!

How does it work?
Each episode lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes followed by a fifteen minute break.
Episodes start at 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 1am, 3am etc – right the way through the night.

It is like watching an entire DVD box-set of your favourite drama in one viewing.

Audiences can buy tickets for any stand-alone episode or watch as many hours as they like. Many brave the whole extravaganza with a fifty hour pass!

Tickets are:
£10 for a two hour episode.
£7 concessions
£5 to stay on for any episodes. These can only be bought at the venue on the day.
£55 for a full event pass (£45 if bought by January 10th – call box office on 020 7870 6876 for the reduced price).

There will be a special ‘Children’s Episode’ (Sunday 11am-1pm) where we redesign the action for kids and families.

Where is it?
Venue: Park Theatre, Finsbury Park

When is it?
Starts 7pm Friday 24th January and finishes 9pm Sun 26th January. Episodes start on odd numbered hours: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 1am, etc (yes, all through the night!)

How much is it?
Get a 50-hour Pass giving you access to the entire event for £55, that’s just over £1 for each hour of comedy! There are only a limited number of these passes, so book early.

An Episode Pass costs £10 (£7 concession). And if you feel like seeing more after that you can upgrade your pass to see another episode for only £5.