'The way each performer took on the challenge of combining Shakespeare with improvisation would be a mammoth task for most people, but here...Impromptu Shakespeare put their heart into creating an experience that not only created raucous comedy...but also introduced a new audience to the bard'...read more
★★★★ Broadway Baby
' Producing a Shakespeare play, any play, from thin air is a tough call and here it’s a marvel to behold...The group’s love of the Bard is clear. They couldn’t do this level of crazy, smart improv, without knowing their source material and their muse. It’s also a joy to see a group work together, bantering and interrupting each other as they craft iambic pentameter, often seemingly channelled from the playwright himself.'...read more
★★★★ North West End UK
'A well-crafted improvised play is something created with great talent, a rarity, and the Impromptu Shakespeare cast hit the mark. The audience was full of enraptured faces and smiles that did not fault through out...and I would see it every night if I could.'...read more
'Go and see this show. It's intelligent, it's funny, it's all of the adjectives for brilliant. I'm still not sure how they did what they did. The play was so slick and hilarious, I forgot for moments that it was improvised...Impromptu Shakespeare is a show I will most certainly return to.'...read more
★★★★★ Pocket Size Theatre
'The witty repartee made the audience hoot with appreciation. Impromptu Shakespeare attracts a mixed audience with a range of age groups. This show would be perfect for a reluctant teenager who isn’t a Shakespeare fan, but it could help to ease them into it. Impromptu Shakespeare have got his off to a fine art, an Edinburgh Fringe regular they attract large audiences and its not hard to see why. It’s just so much fun!'...read more
★★★★ North West End
'The troupe displays with finesse that one can achieve the greatness of Shakespeare’s canon even without the words, if you attend to the heart of it. The audience gasp, cackle and melt in tune with every revelation and unravelling. Impromptu Shakespeare is a literary-theatrical power flex you can but applaud, and will leave you hungry for more. See it as often as you can.' ...read more.
'These guys are simply sublime. They work extremely well together as an ensemble, not letting a single strand go unconcluded, with endless jokes along the way that left the audience roaring away and doubling over in their seats...Impromptu Shakespeare manages to produce side-splittingly hilarious improvised comedy almost worthy of the Bard himself.'...read more
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
'Impromptu Shakespeare makes one of the biggest boasts you will hear all Fringe: to deliver an entirely new, improvised work by William Shakespeare in an hour...It is a great success, given that watching the performers work out where their increasingly convoluted plot will lead next is a joy to behold. This is truly authentic improvisation.'...read more
★★★★ The 730 Review 2019
'Unleashing a thesp’s goodie bag of Shakespearean methodology to their performances, Impromptu can create realistic facsimiles with the seeming nonchalance of a builder’s whistle. These are seasoned improv artists at the top of their game...Impromptu has wit in spades and will continue to win over new audiences with its ad-libbed Shakespearean-styled adventures.'...read more
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine
'Fast interplay between cast was littered with sharp asides and cleverly rhymed, improv iambic pentameter...This troupe know their stuff and have the ability to deliver lines that sound like the Bard might have written them but using contemporary language that’s easy on the ear. This sort of improv takes real skill, it’s akin to having to ad lib in almost a foreign tongue, so hats off to the cast for this little master class.' ...read more
Good Show Fringe Review '18
'They pull an authentic forty-minute Bard play seemingly out of thin air. Aside from the sheer spectacle of seeing such skilled improvised comedy, there were also touching moments of character drama and dialogue that added flesh to the comedy bones.' ...read more
Recommended by Fringe Review 2015
'An impressive display of improv...a witty mix of classical and contemporary references along with the fast-pace of this ensemble’s act keeps the storyline unravelling and the crowd laughing'...read more
★★★★ Three weeks
As seen on China Central TV News
'William Shakespeare's legacy is very much alive...notions of love, tragedy and power struggle are naturally incorporated providing the audience with a true Shakespeare experience.'
He Zhang - CCTV Europe Correspondent
'Being able to improvise lines, monologues, and an entire play in Shakespearean-style English is a rare and impressive skill – and one possessed by the talented cast members of Impromptu Shakespeare.'...read more
★★★★ The Wee Review
'Wit and fast paced delivery place the play firmly on the funny side of farcical.'
'Being able to improvise an entire play in Shakespearean-style English is a rare and impressive skill – and one possessed by the talented cast members of Impromptu Shakespeare.
Impressive command of the bard's language and excellent comedy value.'
Featured on BBC Shakespeare Channel
Featured on the BBC's The Art of Improv
'Shakespeare from the hip, Ingenious and very funny'
Will Gompertz - BBC Arts Editor
'Lines so perfect they could almost have come from the Bard himself. After this outstanding hour of theatre, judging by the whooping applause of the audience, those on stage weren't the only ones to leave happy'...read more
★★★★ Broadway Baby 2013