London is a modern and evolving city with some truly eclectic entertainment choices, among them the chance to watch or even bravely take part in some improvised comedy. We’ve rounded up some of the best venues for catching some improv in the capital city. Take a quick look at some of our favourites below!
Offering the choice of a combination of longer-term courses or one-off classes, Hoopla Improv founded the UK’s first ever Improv Theatre and hosts exciting improv comedy shows there on four days of the week. Recommended by a host of credible publications including The Telegraph and The Evening Standard, Hoopla also offer an array of Corporate Improv Training options providing a fun way of breaking the ice with colleagues and a fun and different way to bond outside of the workplace.
Find out more at the official Hoopla website.
Comedy Store Players
With twice weekly shows every Sunday and Wednesday, the Comedy Store is always filled with top comedy talent and fantastic improv. Featuring a fantastic full-time line up including famous names such as Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence, the Comedy Store Players is easily reached from Park Grand Kensington Hotel, one of the top hotels near Gloucester Road, and provides a great night out for comedy fans. It also offers a masterclass in how to get improv comedy right.
Find out more about the Comedy Store Players at the official website.
The Nursery Theatre
Providing both a mixture of improv comedy theatre and improv classes, the Nursery Theatre fosters great comedy talent. It hosts a series of social events to help bring comedians and comedy fans closer together to network and share experience and tips. With a strong community feel, The Nursery has a great DIY approach to comedy, and even offers open applications to improv comedy troupes seeking a venue and opportunity to develop and share their own experimental work.
Find out more about the Nursery here.
An award-winning improv troupe which splits its time between London and the Sussex town of Brighton, The Maydays offers both acclaimed performances and first-class comedy tuition for budding comedians. The range of classes available gives an option for all – from drop-ins to all day sessions. The Maydays also offers full improv retreats lasting between 2-4 days in length.
Find out more about The Maydays at their official website.
Shoot from the Hip
This premiere improvisational comedy troupe has been entertaining audiences in the city of London since being founded back in 2011. Their novel shows are completely unscripted, and include a blend of comedy characters, games and scenes all coming together to make each show completely different to the next. This niche approach has been well received and has seen the act recommended by The Metro and Londonist as definitely one to watch.
Find out more about availability, bookings, tickets and event dates at their Top Secret Comedy Club website.