The Comeback, a brilliantly original and hilarious new comedy, is set to delight all generations at the Noel Coward Theatre this December. This debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen – ‘destined to become one of the great comedy duos’ (Radio Times) – tells the story of two double acts fighting to wrestle control of the most chaotic, farcical and high-stakes gig of their respective careers. Directed by Emily Burns, The Comeback will have audiences doubled over laughing and wiping a tear away at the end with its heart-warming exploration of bittersweet nostalgia and the enduring power of friendship. This show is a much-needed dose of feel-good, dizzying escapism with real emotional heart, and a celebrity guest each night to boot.
Up-and-coming comics Alex and Ben have been booked in the warm-up spot for a beloved but fading double act’s comeback tour. Neither duo are delighted to be playing to a sparse crowd in a sleepy, seaside town, but when it’s revealed that a Hollywood director is in the audience, both acts glimpse a final chance for their big break. Cue sabotage, mistaken identity and full on farcical mayhem, as the performance descends into a desperate battle for the limelight. With the action alternating between offstage and on, and the tone between Noises Off and Morecambe and Wise’s old-school charm, this is a warm-hearted, joyful, and dazzlingly funny new comedy.
Each night Ashenden and Owen will be joined on stage by a celebrity guest star. All will be revealed on the night…
The show will play to a reduced capacity of 55%. Seating in all levels of the theatre auditorium has been adjusted to ensure social distancing. All audience bubbles are seated at least 1m apart through the following reconfigured seats: in the circles and balcony, “chequerboard” seating and, in the stalls, removed and respaced rows to ensure a 1m distance on all sides. Customers will receive comprehensive e-communication clearly detailing additional health and safety guidelines, allocated arrival times and which entrance to use to access their seats to ensure distance in the foyer and minimise any congestion inside the auditorium. In addition, patrons will be asked to wear a face covering unless exempt due to medical reasons, have their temperature checked upon arrival and e-tickets will be used for a contactless experience. These are part of Delfont Mackintosh Theatre’s wide range of health and safety measures which also include enhanced cleaning regimes before and after the performance and regular fogging of the auditorium and customer-facing areas. All practices adopted will be following the government-approved Performing Arts working guidelines, with the support of public health officials and Westminster Council, and will be in keeping with Society of London Theatre’s ‘See It Safely’ campaign.