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

Created by Mischief Theatre

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer

and Henry Shields.

Directed by Mark Bell

and members of the Mischief Theatre Company

Review by Sarah Monaghan

This madcap comedy set in 1950’s America is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud and is brought to us by the same incredibly talented team of LAMDA graduates who write their own material and burst onto the West End in 2014 with the runaway success THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG.

 

Minneapolis City Bank has just won a prized contract to keep Prince Ludwig of Hungary’s priceless diamond in their volt. But this is a city where, according to middle aged bank clerk, Ruth Monaghan (Jenna Augen), ‘Everyone’s a crook’. Her bad boy pickpocket and con artist son, Sam Monaghan (Sam Fogell), seems intent on proving her right until he falls for the bank manager’s beautiful daughter, Caprice Freeboys (Holly Sumpton). Will meeting a good woman finally set him straight? Probably not. You see, Caprice is a gangster’s moll and her man, Mitch Ruscitti (Matt Hunt) has just busted out of jail and he along with his not so trusty sidekick, Neil Cooper (Samson Ajewole), are intent on stealing Prince Ludwig’s diamond...what could possibly go wrong?

 

This fast moving play is a celebration of every kind of comedy. It’s packed full of gags that come thick and fast, there is wordplay reminiscent of Abbott & Costello’s ‘Who’s on First?’ sketch along with slapstick, physical comedy, mistaken identity chaos and a classic bedroom farce scene which would be hard to top.

 

There are also several wonderful musical numbers seamlessly woven into the story in a filmic way. The sets are quirky and the directing fresh and imaginative such as when a bed sheet is transformed in a flash to a cinema screen and a swivel chair becomes a motorbike and a laundry basket becomes a car.

 

On this second anniversary of THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY we have a new, amazingly talented cast, a special mention must go to Sam Fogell for his faultless physical comedy in the bedroom scene and to Jenna Augen for her beautiful voice belting out 50’s songs.

 

It would be a crime to miss this hilarious homage to comedy!

CAST CHANGE from 27 February 2018

Ahead of its second birthday in the West End this spring, the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated The Comedy About A Bank Robbery announces a new company. After a year of good behaviour at the Criterion the second company have been released on parole, with a new band of inmates starting performances from 27 February. Joining the cast are Samson Ajewole (Cooper), Jenna Augen (Ruth Monaghan), Jack Baldwin (Officer Shuck), Leonard Cook (Robin Freeboys), Matt Hunt (Mitch Ruscitti) and Peter McGovern (Warren Slax). Continuing their roles as the bars-crossed lovers are Samuel Fogell (Sam Monaghan) and Holly Sumpton (Caprice Freeboys), and literally completing the cast is Chris Leask (Everyone Else).

 

The understudies are Jack Whittle, Lydia Fraser, Jean-Luke Worrell, Samuel Thomas and Sarah Gage.

A COMEDY ABOUT

A BANK ROBBERY

Criterion Theatre
2 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 4XA
 
Box Office: 0844 847 1778
www.bankrobberycomedy.com

Criterion Theatre

2 Jermyn Street

London SW1Y 4XA

 

Box Office: 0844 847 1778

www.bankrobberycomedy.com

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Sunday matinee at 3pm and

Sunday evening at 7pm

Extra matinee on Wednesday 6th April

 

AGE

10+

 

TICKET PRICES

£49.50, £39.50, £35.00, £29.50, £25, £20

Premium Seats £69.50