The comedy about a bank robbery
If it doesn’t run for yonks, call me The Critic Who Goes Wrong.
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph
The Mischief Makers
The team behind The Play That Goes Wrong has hit West End gold with its latest slapstick caper about a bungled jewellery heist, with critics hailing it "the funniest show in town".
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery follows the high-jinks of six bungling thieves and their attempts to steal a priceless diamond. The action, set in 1958, sees jewel thief Mitch Ruscitti break out of a Canadian jail and nip over the border to steal the diamond, which has been deposited at the Minneapolis City Bank by a Hungarian prince.
The aptly named Mischief Theatre Company was started by a group of friends from LAMDA (drama school), beginning as an improvised comedy group with a fringe production in a room above a pub in 2012. From there they soon found themselves playing to West End and Broadway audiences and winning awards with their disaster stunt theatrical formula.
Their Comedy About a Bank Robbery, written by Mischief founders Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, has a slightly different set up from the team's earlier 'Goes Wrong' productions, paying homage to American screwball comedies and classic heist movies.
It's all unashamedly and joyfully corny but so inventive, with visual gags that are so beautifully delivered that you can't help but enjoy the choreographed disaster.
Mischief Theatre's original production The Play That Goes Wrong — a riotous romp of a play within a play about a hapless amateur dramatic society's attempts to put on a 1920s Agatha Christie-style murder drama — is still playing in the West End, now in its fourth year.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Covent Garden WC2
Booking until September 2018, recommended for age 8+
27 September 2017 - 7 April 2019
The play runs for two hours and 20 minutes, including one interval and is recommended for age 12+
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