Mischief Theatre have been up to… mischief for several years now. After the roaring success of Play That Goes Wrong, the group opened The Comedy About a Bank Robbery to five-star reviews in 2016. Three years on, is the show still packing a punch in London’s West End? Thanks to Official London Theatre, I had the chance to find out.
Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?
If you’re looking for a show that does exactly what it says on the tin, then this is it. But comedy probably doesn’t go far enough. It’s an absolute hoot! The jokes come thick and fast in a barrage of furious, fiasco-led farce. The mix of classic slapstick and clever plays on words make the script relentlessly funny. This is truly a laugh-a-minute experience and there’s nothing else like it (well except perhaps Play That Goes Wrong…)
All this would be wasted though, if it wasn’t for a stellar cast bringing it to life. A brand new cast have just entered the bank and they aren’t taking any prisoners! Although they put on a great show as a unit, there’s one person that steals the show. David Coomber as the not-so-smart accomplice, Cooper, brings new laughs to an old script. His character’s obsession with amateur dramatics comes through in every line and every move. Look out for his special understudy performance as Freeboys!
If the hilarious script and talented cast aren’t enough, this show has good theatre craft to boot. The direction is second to none and the set will make your jaw drop. Without giving anything away, it’s the most inventive use of perspective I’ve ever seen on stage.
This show is one-of-a-kind, and while it has similarities to Play That Goes Wrong, it couldn’t be more different at the same time. Mischief Theatre take the word comedy to a new level, using all the old tricks to bring a new take on a theatrical farce. This is one for the whole family so don’t miss it!
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is showing at the Criterion Theatre, London. Get your tickets online from the theatre.
Check out Official London Theatre for more information on this brilliant play and other London comedies.
I was gifted these tickets by Official London Theatre. The tickets may have been paid for but my review wasn’t. I will always give an honest write-up on my blog no matter what!