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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 September 25th to December 18th 2014

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

Where
: 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.

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


Photographs by Rob Rackstraw

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Grand Theft Impro welcomes new member: Charlotte Gittins! And autumn season starts Sept 25th

We are over the moon with joy and excitement to announce that the effevescent Charlotte Gittins will be joining the ranks of Grand Theft Impro.

Charlotte is a veteran improviser, a member of the smash hit show Austentatious, a Monkey Toast player and now has a two-person improvised show under her belt from this year's Edinburgh Fringe: Folie á Deux with the delightful Andrew Murray.

Meanwhile, the autumn season gets underway with two knock-out casts - and, as you can imagine, it features Charlotte rather a lot...

Upcoming Shows

September 25th
Cast: Phil Whelans, David Shore, Charlotte Gittins, Michael Orton-Toliver.

October 2nd
Cast: Phil Whelans, Adam Meggido, Charlotte Gittins, Phil Pellew.

What: An evening of sketches and songs, all made up on the spot from audience suggestions,
Where: Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place (click here for Google Maps)
When: 8:30pm-10:15pm
Tickets: Tickets online cost £5.50 - go to grandtheftimpro.com/tickets; or you can buy them on the door for £7

Guest biographies

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.
 
Two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, David Shore is an alumnus of The Second City Mainstage in Toronto and The Improv Olympic West. He moved to London a couple of years ago and runs the UK version of his highly successful celebrity interview show Monkey Toast.
 
Phil Pellew is one of the stars of the hit impro show The Showstoppers (7 years of selling out at the Edinburgh Festival, 4 West End runs, and a BBC Radio 4 series). He's a master of physical theatre, a stuntman and a stage combat specialist. All the things you need in a comedy show... 
 
Adam Meggido is one of the co-founders of The Showstoppers, the award-winning hit improv musical; he is the creative force behind the annual London impro festival The London Jam - and he directs the famous 50-hour Improvathons; and he co-founded literary improviser The School of Night along with the legendary Ken Campbell.

 


GTI season finale this Thursday. All plots tied up.

This coming Thursday...

July 17 2014
8.30pm

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 grandtheftimpro.com/tickets or £7 on the door.
* ...or will there be? Ah.......HA. 


Stuff

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