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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Criterion Theatre

From the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong comes The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, the Olivier Award-nominated West End comedy about one enormous diamond, eight incompetent crooks and a snoozing security guard.

From the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong comes The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, the Olivier Award-nominated West End comedy about one enormous diamond, eight incompetent crooks and a snoozing security guard.

In summer 1958, a priceless diamond has been entrusted to Minneapolis City Bank. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man.

So sets into motion mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, as it turns out even the most reputable can’t be trusted. And in a town where everyone’s a crook and even seagulls can’t be trusted, what could possibly go wrong? Delivering swag loads of laughter, Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy. It’d be criminal to miss it!

Hot on the heels of Mischief Theatre’s international success, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery first opened at the Criterion Theatre in April 2016 to critical and audience acclaim, going on to be nominated for the Best New Comedy Award at the Olivier Awards 2017 ceremony.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is created by Mischief Theatre and written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the Olivier-winning team behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The play is directed by Mark Bell, who also staged The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End and on Broadway.

Full of twists on genre tropes, and packed with daring set-pieces, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a hilarious showcase of slick theatrical inventiveness and hilarious, quip-filled word play. Combined with Mischief Theatre’s signature style of raucous slapstick, it’s a show sure to make away with your hearts, minds – and funny bones.

Age Recommendation: PG-rated – suitable for ages 11+ (moderate sexual innuendos throughout).

From November 29 2017, the cast will star Samuel Fogell and Holly Sumpton as Sam Monaghan and Caprice Freeboys, with Officers Cooper and Shuck played by Laurence Pears and Jeremy Lloyd, and Chris Leask as Everybody Else. Completing the cast will be understudies Jack Whittle and Lydia Fraser.

Previews From
31/03/2016

Opening Night
21/04/2016

Booking Until
04/11/2018

Running time
2h30, inc. interval

Nearest Tube
Piccadilly Circus (opposite)

Nearest Bus
3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453

Nearest Train
Charing Cross

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Robin Freeboys - Sean Kearns

Warren Slax - Mark Hammersley

Mitch Ruscitti - Gareth Tempest

Sam Monaghan - Steffan Lloyd-Evans

Caprice Freeboys - Hannah Boyce

Ruth Monaghan - Tania Mathurin

Officer Shuck - Chris Pizzey

Neil Cooper - Miles Yekinni

Everyone Else - Jeremy Lloyd

Understudy Ruth & Caprice - Paula Kay, Holly Sumpton

Understudy Freeboys, Officier Smitties, Cooper & Mitch - Mike Bodie

Understudy Mitch, Sam, Warren & Everyone Else - Sam Fogell

Understudy Warren, Everyone Else, Sam & Cooper - Niall Ransome

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Creative

Director - Mark Bell and members of the Mischief Theatre Company

Producer - Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd present a Mischief Theatre production

Designer - David Farley

Costume - Roberto Surace

Lighting Designer - David Howe

Set Designer - David Farley

Sound - Jon Fiber

Author - Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields

Musical Director & Arranger - Joey Hickman

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