Soothplayers - Completely Improvised Shakespeare

Trades Hall - New Council Chambers

Nominee 2019 Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe.

Soothplayers improvise a 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. 


★★★★ "Soothplayers will leave you wondering why you didn’t enjoy studying Shakespeare at school." Planet Arts. 


★★★★½ "Genius." Theatre People. 


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

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

★★★★★ "A must-see for fans of the theatre, of improv, or for anyone who just wants to add a little pseudo-culture to their comedy." The Funny Tonne.

This show is eligible for the Laugh Pack - buy full price tickets to 3 or more eligible different performances in one transaction and get a 10% discount. Excludes Previews, Tightarse Tuesday and Saturday performances.
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