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What: An hour and a half of fearlessly inventive, exciting and funny sketches and songs, all made up on the spot, all inspired by audience suggestions.

When: Every Thursday from May 15th to July 17th 2014 (except June 19th)

What Time
: 8:30pm - 10:15pm (doors open 8:15pm)

: Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB.
Five minutes walk from Tottenham court road or Goodge Street tubes.

How Much
: £5.50 if you buy them online; £7 on the door.

: buy cheaper online here - or e-mail or phone 020 7580 1585 to reserve tickets to be picked up on the night.

Photographs by Rob Rackstraw

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GTI season finale this Thursday. All plots tied up.

This coming Thursday...

July 17 2014

The Wheatsheaf,
25 Rathbone Place,
London W1T 1JB. (Tottenham Court Road tube)

 ...sees the last GTI show before we take a Summer break so long that we'll think it'll never end; lazy days fishing and skimming stones down at the water-hole, picking blackberries so Mom can bake a pie, swimming in the bayou... why, last Summer - and I remember it as if  it were yesterday - we were out hiking and we found a dead body.

It was the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and Phil, Dylan, Teddy and River Phoenix set off into the woods to find this dead body we'd got to hearin' about. Dylan nearly got run over by a train on a bridge. Boy we learnt a lot that day about ourselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right. Much obliged Ma'am for readin' this far.

As befits a season finale, we have terrific guests and a tense cliffhanger*.

Lucy Trodd - Lucy is one half, along with Ruth Bratt (who is in the same half -  the other half is empty) of Trodd en Bratt, whose BBC Radio 4 series Well Done You is on NOW. RIGHT NOW. She is also, like Dylan, a member of Showstopper: The Improvised Musical. TV includes Random Acts (C4), Doctors (BBC), The Audition (MTV) The Dick and Dom Show (BBC) and Fast and Loose (BBC2)

Michael Orton-Toliver is a member of Amsterdam's legendary - and confusingly - Amsterdam-based American Impro troupe, Boom Chicago. He started at Comedy Sportz, and has played with IO West, The Second City, Ultimate Improv and his buddy, UCB alumnus Jim Woods.

 Tickets: £5.50 online at or £7 on the door.
* ...or will there be? Ah.......HA. 

GTI in Thesp Debut Avalanche

After last week's wonderful GTI debut from stage-prowling, voice projecting, role-immersing-in, unrecognisably transforming*, other-man's-skin wearing, Stanislavskian acting powerhouse Oliver Senton, we thought we would get another one, so bring your cravats, top up your hip-flasks...

July 10 2014

The Wheatsheaf,
25 Rathbone Place,
London W1T 1JB.  (Tottenham Court Road tube)

Dylan Emery and Phil Whelans will not only be be joined by audience (and cast) favourite, the delightful Charlotte Gittins, who you'll know from AustentatiousMonkey Toast and the Annual London 50-hr Improvathon, but also by...

Mark Dawson - founder and artistic director of extremely silly theatre company Gonzo Moose. He has appeared in all four of their shows (as have impro-types Cariad Lloyd, Lauren Silver and Seamus Allen). He’s also performed at street festivals and cabarets from the Shetlands to Glastonbury and Hampton Court to the Barbican.

He’s appeared in a ballet adaptation of A Christmas Carol and been a stuntman in short film, The Deal. Telly includes The IT Crowd, Teachers, Casualty and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Just two more GTI shows remain before the end of this current season. Why not come to both? Have you thought about staying in town in the interim. Many affordable hotels can be found in and around the Oxford Street area. Or why not sleep rough in one of the city's many beautiful parks and/or driveways?

*Oliver Senton not A Transformer**. 
**Transformers not technically actors.

 Tickets: £5.50 online at or £7 on the door.


GTI have been on Time Out's recommended list continuously for the past three years, we were in Jim Sweeney's Time Out Comic's Choice,  London Lite's 'Must Go' show and Such Small Portions' Comedy Picks.

"At the forefront of the revival in impro, Grand Theft recalls the exuberant forays of Not Only But Also or Beyond The Fringe."
William Cook, The Guardian

"Simply marvellous."
Time Out

"A rumbustious night out"
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

"A unique brand of extreme theatre - Grand Theft are always entertaining!"
Daily Mirror

"These guys are great, enthusiastic, musical and most importantly funny."
Remote Goat