Bristol Hippodrome

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

February 2019

Bristol Hippodrome

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

February 2019

Heist is a hit

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is the third production from Mischief Theatre following on from the award winning, The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
Don’t expect wobbly sets or deliberate bad acting this comedy play written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields delivers a well-oiled modern take on farce that out-does Fawlty Towers or any of the classic French farces!
It’s summer 1958, a sleepy Minneapolis bank branch has been entrusted with a priceless diamond.

An escaped convict is determined to steal the gem with the help of his crazy sidekick, trickster girlfriend and the so-called maintenance man.
What follows is pure comic genius. 

Mistaken identities, slapstick routines and a host of hilarious comic characters take over the stage and tumble from disaster to disaster, each one more elegantly drawn than the last.
The writers have everyone laughing from the very start with a hilarious opener set in the gaol to grab the audience by the funnybone and they don’t let go for the whole two and a bit hours.

If you have Brexit blues or are fed up of cold winter nights then this will be the best tonic for you.

My sister and I have never laughed so much and the entire theatre was filled with infectious laughter.

Each scene has perfect punchlines, running gags, hilarious plays on words which become more absurd and funny.
It would be wrong to single out one particular actor as the director, Kirsty Patrick Ward has her entire cast working as a fine tuned ensemble, bouncing of each other with pace and precision timing, every scene explodes onto the stage with energy and joyous comedy, this company sets the benchmark when it comes to performing farce, this is comic acting at its finest.

The ensemble also control the incredible pace by slick clever set changes.
The set with its city skyscraper backdrop and comic book interiors was moved by the cast with the same pace as their acting using a clever technique so that characters got caught in moving walls and doors.

Using intelligent staging and even acrobatics every scene wowed the audience from start to finish.
A must-see faultless evening of comic perfection, misunderstanding and nonsense!


Stephen Morten

We was robbed farce at Hippodrome

PREVIEW: Well its playing to rave reviews despite its odd title and the multi award-winning comedy The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome in February.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery UK Tour opened in August and will now be visiting a further 31 venues untilJune 2019 including Bristol from Tuesday to Saturday, February 12-16.

This smash-and-grab hit is a fast and fabulous comedy caper hailed the funniest show in the West End!

The scene is set in the summer of 1958 when the Minneapolis City Bank is 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?

The touring cast presents: Seán Carey as Sam Monaghan; David Coomber as Neil Cooper; Julia Frith as Caprice Freeboys; George Hannigan as Everyone Else; Liam Jeavons as Mitch Ruscitti; Damian Lynch as Robin Freeboys; Killian Macardle as Officer Randal Shuck; Ashley Tucker as Ruth Monaghan and Jon Trenchard as Warren Slax.

The understudies are Charlotte Duffy, Tom Hopcroft, Julie Cullen, Ross Virgo and Eddy Westbury.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Starting as an improvised theatre group on the London and Edinburgh fringes, they have grown into one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for The Play That Goes Wrong, and licensing their productions worldwide.

Mischief returned to BBC One in 2017 with a new Christmas special, A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong. The company is led by artistic director Henry Lewis and company director Jonathan Sayer.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

The tour is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward.

Originally directed by Mark Bell with Nancy Zamit for Mischief Theatre the designer is David Farley; costume designer Roberto Surace; lighting designer David Howe; sound design Jon Fiber for JollyGoodTunes; musical director and arranger Joey Hickman; associate musical director Barbara Hockaday; resident director Katie-Ann McDonough.

Produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre presenting a Mischief Theatre Production.

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