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Soothplayers Completely Improvised Shakespeare

Soothplayers Completely Improvised Shakespeare

Nominee Best Comedy 2019 Melbourne Fringe

Soothplayers improvise an hilarious Shakespearean play from nothing but a suggested title from the audience all on the damned spot! They guarantee you will laugh or your money back. Really!

Comedy? Tragedy? History? From star-crossed lovers to sword-crossed duels, Soothplayers provide everything that four centuries of theatre-goers know and love. The show is fast-paced and action-packed, promising laughs and gasps in equal measure.

Soothplayers have received rave reviews for Completely Improvised Shakespeare. Each performance is a completely new work, using Shakespearean language, themes and style. Even the musical accompaniment is completely improvised!

Sounds impossible, right? The cast includes veterans of the Australian Shakespeare Company, as well as Melbourne’s premier improvisation troupes, including The Improv Conspiracy, Impro Melbourne and The Big HOO-HAA!. They deliver a high-quality, hilarious show that is guaranteed to be unlike anything else you will see this Festival!

So come on groundlings, off to the ticket-monger with you!

'A sure bet.' Herald Sun 

'Soothplayers' rowdy, hilarious plays are incredibly enjoyable and kind of astounding.' The Age 

'Will leave you wondering why you didn’t enjoy studying Shakespeare at school. ★★★★' Planet Arts

'Genius. ★★★★½'  Theatre People 

'Nothing short of awe-inspiring. ★★★★' The Music

'Clever, charming and wildly impressive from start to finish.'  Beat Magazine


Suitable for audiences 10+

This show contains: Violence.


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