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The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre (Photo: Helen Murray)

The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre (Photo: Helen Murray)

Our favourite Mischief Theatre moments

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 10 May 2019, Last Updated 10 September 2019

Earlier this year it was announced that the accident-prone and comically genius Mischief Theatre will embark on a one-year residency at the Vaudeville Theatre. As part of the residency, the genius team behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery will put on three brand-new comedies. So far, two have been announced – Groan Ups and Magic That Goes Wrong – and we can’t wait!

If that wasn’t enough, The Play That Goes Wrong is celebrating their fifth birthday this week! To celebrate the occasion, we’ve collected some of our favourite Mischief Theatre moments!

When Mischief Theatre performed at The Royal Variety

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In 2014, the slapstick farce The Play That Goes Wrong left the West End doubled over with laughter. Then in 2015, it made the whole of the UK follow suit. Appearing at the 2015 Royal Variety Show (with a cheeky cameo from Kylie Minogue), Mischief Theatre put themselves on the map with their seamless performance of misperformance.

The not-so-run-of-the-mill trailers…

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The Play That Goes Wrong is unlike any other show on in the West End. So it makes sense that its trailer is a bit off-the-wall, too. Giving you more of a flavour of the show rather than its content, this hilarious trailer will make you want to run and see the show.

When they “hosted an award” at the 2016 Oliviers

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The Olivier Awards is a night of flawless entertainment and dignified speeches. But of course, when some of the cast members were asked to present the “Best Performance In A Sequel” award, things didn’t quite go as planned.

When they got the wrong bank…

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After the whirlwind success of The Play That Goes Wrong, the bonkers troupe created a brand new show, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. As the title quite clearly states, it’s a comedy about an attempted diamond heist. What it doesn’t state is that it’s set in Minneapolis.

So to celebrate the arrival of the night tube, those mischiefs were up to no good again when they went to Bank instead of the bank.

When they took our compatibility test…

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Look, we might be the only nosy people out there but we love a good snoop behind the scenes. That’s why we loved interviewing the founders about how they work together as a team. From tea making to sexual tension, they explain exactly how the magic really happens.

When we interviewed the cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery…

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Mischief Theatre is so much more than the writers and directors. The performers make the shows. And when a new cast joined The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, we wanted to get to know them. And you know that saying ‘ask a silly question, get a silly answer’? Well, just see for yourself.

When we asked some quickfire questions to the cast of Mischief Movie Night…

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Mischief Theatre is more than just two wildly successful long-running shows. In addition to the West End staples, the team have also brought us Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night. This hilarious quickfire question round with three of the cast members of the latter show proved how quick-witted, playful and fun this lot really are.

When they appeared on The Tonight Show…

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All theatre practitioners strive to make it in the West End and Broadway. But having productions on in both at the same time? Now that’s the ultimate dream. And that’s exactly what’s happened to the humble team of comedians. When The Play That Goes Wrong opened on Broadway, they appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late show with the show’s New York production J J Abrams. And, of course, it was unlike any interview Jimmy had ever experienced.

When we got a taster of Magic Goes Wrong at Comic Relief…

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The brand new show that’s been created with the help of magicians Penn and Teller was featured on this year’s Comic Relief and it gave us a sneak peek into what to expect when it opens in December. With more slapstick, genuine tricks and more mishaps than ever, it looks like you’ll be laughing all the way to Christmas with this show.

And at the Prince Of Wales’ Birthday Celebration…

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So, we can confirm that Mischief Theatre is royally funny. How? We can see Prince Charles giggling up a storm during this short performance from the Mind Mangler – a character from the upcoming Magic Goes Wrong. And hey, if it’s good enough for the future king…

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hilarity from the prolific company. So why not experience the comedy gold IRL at one of their shows?

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