10 Improv Shows To Look Out For This Fringe

Spontaneous Potter

A completely improvised an unofficial Harry Potter story, from the team that brought you Spontaneous Sherlock. This new show has been a hit in Edinburgh outside of August and the cast includes Fringe Improv stalwarts Will Naameh and Mara Joy, so I think it’ll prove very popular. 

The Improvised Panto!

From London based improv troupe Very Serious People this show is billed as "The panto that you control!”. It’s the only improvised pantomime at the fringe this year and it has the potential to be a lot of fun.

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

This will be the show’s third stint at the Edinburgh Fringe and is a must for Doctor Who Fans. The show includes a ‘live radiophonic workshop’ and was given a not half bad review by Broadway Baby last year! 

Improv Cage Match

A fight to the on-stage death, literally. Improv cage match returns for it’s second year, pitting more improv teams against each other. Each group has twenty five minutes to improvise a show and the audience decides the winner. A collaborative and fun idea that could attract punters and improvisers alike. 


A completely improvised fifty-minute movie where the cast takes two film genre’s and runs with it. This show is from the Watch This Improv Troupe and 2018 marks their 14th year at the festival. 

Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

When this show first landed at the Fringe a couple of years ago it caused a stir and its return will see fan’s once again guessing whodunit. This improvised mashup of Cluedo, Clouseau and Christie is from Bristol-based Degrees of Error, who’ve had success touring the show around the UK.

The Understudies

Not one of the big names when it comes to improvised musicals at the Fringe but maybe worth keeping an eye on. They’re only doing a short run this year so at least they won’t be as tired as the other guys. 


The all-female cast of Notflix believes ‘everything is better as a musical'. Whether you agree or not this show has done well over the last few years. It comes from Waiting For The Call Improv and received a glowing review from Broadway Baby in 2016

Playlight Robbery

Aside from having a very clever pun as their title, the premise of this show is great. The suggestion the cast take from the audience is any random Fringe flyer and from that, they improvise two 25 minute shows. A festival based premise that has ample room for hilarity. 

Impromptu Shakespeare

I mprovised Shakespeare can be really impressive if done well and theses guys have been doing it well for a few years now. There’s more than enough tropes in the Bard’s work for an improviser to have fun with so this should be a good seat to get.