Improv

Richard improvises comedy live on stage every Sunday as one of The Comedy Store Players with Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Ruth Bratt and a guest musician. Each show is different, based on suggestions from the audience. Here's a short video clip with Richard and Lee. The Players also appear at venues across the UK.

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Richard Vranch intro to Comedy Store Players on stage
Richard introducing the Comedy Store Players, November 2023
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Neil Mullarkey, Ruth Bratt, Lee Simpson, Josie Lawrence and RIchard Vranch holding up a large The Comedy Store logo on stage in front of a dark blue lit backdrop
Neil Mullarkey, Ruth Bratt, Lee Simpson, Josie Lawrence and Richard Vranch, March 2024.

The Comedy Store Players were invited to perform at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre by artistic director Mark Rylance in 1998 and they returned annually until 2021:

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Richard Vranch on stage in front of a large audience at Shakespeare's Globe in London in 2019
Richard on stage at Shakespeare's Globe, London, 2019

They played the Olivier stage at the National Theatre and performed annually at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. They toured India in 2004 and in 2010 they achieved the Guinness World Record for the longest running comedy show with the same cast.

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Photograph of Josie Lawrence, Peter Egan and Richard Vranch performing on stage at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 1990
Josie Lawrence and Richard Vranch with special guest Peter Egan, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, 1990

The Players featured in the STV series The Funny Farm and they won the improvised Sitcom Challenge live on ITV. Their first theatre tour was in 1992 and in 2022 they were invited to be the first performers at @sohoplace.

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Comedy Store Players Kaliber No Limits Tour poster from 1992 featuring Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Jim Sweeney and Richard Vranch

Richard featured in the 50 hour Improthon Lord of Thrones at Wilton's Music Hall, and he toured to UK theatres and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 20 years as one of Paul Merton's Impro Chums:

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Group photograph of Kirsty Newton, Mike McShane, Paul Merton, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster with a caption explaining that they are touring the UK again in 2022

In 1992 Richard improvised stories on Jackanory on BBC1 with Sylvester McCoy and Linda Bellingham.

Richard went on dozens of tours to Hong Kong and the Far East, the Middle East, Ireland and New York in Stephen Frost's Impro Allstars. They are regulars at the Astrolabe Theatre Tent at the Glastonbury Festival.

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Monotone photograph of Jim Sweeny, Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Richard Vranch and Steve Steen standing grouped together in suits, with Steve in mid-air above some phone directories
Jim Sweeney, Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Richard Vranch and Steve Steen

Richard was a guest in the Omelette Broadcasting Company with Jim Sweeney and Steve Steen and he appeared in Micetro Impro directed live on stage by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott at the Hackney Empire:

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Poster for Keith Johnstone's Micetro Impro benefit night at Royal Court Theatre featuring Jonathan Pryce, Tony Slattery, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Sarah Parkinson, Suki Webster and Stella Duffy

He was a guest improviser with Improbable Theatre for Animo, Improbable Tales and Lifegame. Richard and Leisa Rea created the children's improv show The Yarnbards for the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2022 Richard improvised in character for Private Drama Events' immersive production on board the iconic Belmond Orient Express:

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Photo of Richard Vranch wearing distinguished glasses and suit, sat in a dining car on the Orient Express
Photographed by The Other Richard
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Group photo of the Belmond Orient Express cast (four men, six women and Richard) dressed smartly in 1920s era clothing aboard the train
Photographed by The Other Richard

Richard improvised the music for the original British TV version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

Upcoming shows

A Curious Town Talks

Date/time range
Thursday 30th May 2024 7:30pm
Venue
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Poster
Poster for A Curious Town Talks