The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly Circus, London

Previewed: 31 March 2016
Opened: 21 April 2016
Booking to: 1 April 2018

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Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Show times
Monday no shows
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 3.00pm and 7.00pm

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Mischief Theatre present The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in London, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

One enormous diamond. Eight incompetent crooks. And a snoozing security guard... What could possibly go right?

PLEASE NOTE: Recommended for ages ten and above. This new production is presented by the same team behind the hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. Directed by Mark Bell with sets by David Farley, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by David Howe, music by Joey Hickman and sound by Jon Fiber.

When this production opened here at the Criterion Theatre in April 2016, Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph praised it as being "this is the funniest show in town... The jokes are piled skyscraper-high. Many are corny, but there's such youthful relish and so much theatrical invention, aided by director Mark Bell, that even the hoariest gag earns its keep." Ian Shuttleworth in The Financial Times hailed it as being "a show that does not merely go through funny and out the other side, but right round in curved space and back into funny again. It's the range of comic ideas that is so undeniably impressive: verbal, physical, visual, and ranging from classical to postmodern in style... It all adds up to one of those cheerfully defiant shows that refuse to let you not like it." Quentin Letts in The Daily Mail wrote: "It's remorselessly crazy, inventively staged and I don't think I heard a single F-word. Good, uncomplicated, farcical fun." Dominic Maxwell in The Times wrote that this "new show is the funniest flat-out comedy since One Man, Two Guv'nors... this spoof 1950s crime caper is an outrageously well-executed mix of Airplane!, Ray Cooney, clowning and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, delivered with a ruthless devotion to getting to the joke...A joyful night out." Fiona Mountford in The London Evening Standard thought it was "an under-funny farce dotted with some decent set pieces that are oddly unconnected to the rest of the action... There are knowing nods to various heist movies, but it would be so much more effective if things could go wrong around a tightly coiled narrative, instead of the grab-bag of styles and references here." Mark Lawson in The Guardian highlighted that "in visual gags and physical slapstick the show is thrillingly and daringly inventive... There is also an astonishing perspective gag, in which actors remain vertical but are suddenly seen from above," this is a "lung-bustingly funny play."

"After The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Mischief Theatre company has finally drilled into the bank vault. This is by far its best piece yet. It is a totally successful riot of slapstick, delightfully asinine Airplane!-style dialogue and cyclonic stage mayhem. Don't ask me why but the play involves a flip-up double bed that won't stay down, trousers that won't stay up and insane levels of physical abuse that had two kids near me laughing so hard they nearly fell out of the dress circle. There's a brilliantly directed perspective scene, too, that has actors struggling on vertical flypaper." The Mail on Sunday

"Devotees of classic comedy, Mischief Theatre throw in slapstick, mistaken identity, men hiding in cupboards, torrents of puns and a cappella interludes - even a running gag with puppet seagulls... There's plenty that's callow about this show. It's overextended, undercharacterised and patchily acted. But here's the thing: when it works - and for delirious stretches of the second half, it works yelpingly well - it's bliss." The Sunday Times

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in London at the Criterion Theatre previewed from 31 March 2016 and opened on 21 April 2016.