The group’s first appearance in October 1997 was as a reading group, performing staged readings at the Theater Drachengasse in Vienna. Their regular, late night spot was entitled “English for English Lovers” and continued until the summer of 2001. The group was soon known in theatre circles as, The Lovers, and officially took on the name English Lovers in 2002.
Lovers have come and gone since the company was founded in the summer of 1997, but the line-up of Lovers now has remained the same for the last decade or so. Coming from England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Austria and the USA, their theatrical roots are as equally varied, yet they have all made Vienna their home.
Since their first comedy and impro night, A Load of Nonsense, in January 1999 at the Theater Drachengasse, the Lovers moved increasingly towards completely improvised performances starting with, Late Night Laughs, at the Cabaret Niedermair. For their 2001 show, Who’s On Next?, a mix of impro and sketches written by various members of the group, they added song and dance. The show was a huge success, both at the Drachengasse and at Vienna’s English Theatre in April 2002, and was followed that same year by, Zip Zap Zoom, and their first all-improvised show, Impro a la Carte.
Now, The Lovers produce the legendary, LateNight, every 2nd and 4th Friday in the month at the Drachengasse,as well as two “en suite” shows a year at Christmas and in the Spring, not to mention countless corporate shows, appearances at festivals and of course on tour: Coming soon to a theatre near you!
Embark on a wild romp through the many facets of human relationships…
Blind Dates is an all-improvised theatre piece from the English Lovers.
Blind Dates dazzles the audience with a thrilling, theatrical look at the fears, dangers, despairs and joys of knowing people.
In the tradition of Stones in His Pockets or Dinner for One, Blind Dates was developed and devised for two actors however here, the audience decides who the characters are and where they will meet…
Blind Dates is like a magical alchemy. The performing and story-telling skills of the actors on stage, along with an improvised soundtrack and the effects of the improvised lighting design, all fuse into one astounding piece of theatre.
This show is like nothing you’ve ever seen or will ever see again, even when you see it night after night.