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Ten Top…Improv Shows to see at VAULT festival

Updated: Jan 30


London’s biggest, boldest, bravest arts and entertainment festival returns to Waterloo this month!


Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival will run from 23 January to 17 March and will present over 400 shows from over 2,000 artists.


Whilst it’s home remains at the Vaults Theatre at Leake Street Arches, the ongoing growth of the festival means performances will also be held across other Waterloo venues.


With eight weeks of theatre and comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret, live performance and late night parties, there is a HUGE variety to choose from, so over the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking the shows down by category and spotlighting some of the most anticipated performances to give you a flavour of what’s going on.


First up is a selection of some of the best Improv performances to check out:


The Free Association: Jacuzii The hottest improvised comedy from The Free Association, London’s leading improv theatre, featuring some of the most exciting special guests around. For more info click here.


Sorry Super group sensation SORRY, bring you an hour of improvised comedy. ‘An incredible group of talented, ground breaking improvisers, one of the most exciting groups in London’ Cariad Lloyd. For more info click here.


The Committee The Committee are an improv comedy group specialising in long-form, character driven shows. After a sold out 2018 Edinburgh Festival run, they are excited to be debuting a new format. For more info click here.


Lamplighters Part theatre. Part Game. Part Improv comedy. Neil Connolly, your Spymaster, has lost an agent in the field. There’s a mystery to solve, villains to thwart and secrets to steal. For more info click here.


How To Date a Magical Creature The world’s most (in)famous magical creatures and fantastical beasties (chosen by the audience) reveal their most intimate secrets in this hilarious ‘hard hitting’ improvised comedy chat show. For more info click here.


Criminal Criminal, the anarchic improvised murder mystery show, returns with David Reed, Alex Lowe, Freya Parker, and Tom Bell. For more info click here.


Richard Soames: Let’s Make a Movie One man. One hour. One second-hand camcorder. Join “charming storyteller” (Chortle) Richard as he makes an entire movie in sixty minutes. For more info click here.


The Ukulaydees Bringing you a musical extravaganza of improvised shenanigans, The Ukulaydees combine the traditional Harold form with improvised musical numbers to bring you a show like no other! For more info click here.


An Evening With… Master improviser Graham Dickson (Austentatious) hosts an anarchic interview with a mystery guest. Find out which character is in the hot-seat, at the same time the actor playing them does! For more info click here.


BattleActs The ultimate late-night comedy party show. Two teams of fearless improvisers fight it out in a high octane mix of impossible challenges and incredible physicality. Their prize: the audience’s respect! For more info click here.

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London & Continental Railways Limited (LCR), the landlord of Leake Street Arches and the managers of the Leake Street Tunnel, are keen to support the creative community working on Leake Street and ensure that other people in the local area continue to value the contribution that tunnel activities bring to the neighbourhood. These Tunnel Rules are designed to create an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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