Criterion Theatre

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Tickets

4.6/5
based on 222 reviews

Criterion Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 4 November 2018

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (One interval)

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Age restrictions

Suitable for 11+ 

Important Information

Moderate sexual innuendos throughout. Suitable for 11+


Booking from:
Thursday, 31 March 2016

Booking until:
Sunday, 4 November 2018

Running time:
2 hours 20 minutes (One interval)

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, all members of Mischief Theatre Company. It was first performed in April 2016 and premièred at the Criterion Theatre. It's presented by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd, and it is already a sure fire comedy hit.

What's the plot? It's a classic recipe. Take one massive diamond. Stir in eight totally incompetent thieves. Add a hopeless security guard, who's fast asleep on the job. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go right is a much better question, as everything that could go belly up does exactly that to splendidly funny effect.

The Times calls it "A Fast and fabulous comedy caper is a joyful night out". Time Out says it's "The best new comedy to open straight onto the West End in decades" The Guardian calls it "Thrillingly inventive and lung-bustingly funny". Whatsonstage says it's "A night of spectacular madness" and the FT reveals the show has people “Laughing all the way to the bank"

Mitch Ruscitti is played by Henry Shields and Mr. Robin Freeboys by Henry Lewis. Jonathan Sayer plays Warren Slax and Nancy Zamit plays Ruth Monaghan. Sam Monaghan is portrayed by Dave Hearn and Caprice Freeboys by Charlie Russell. Cooper is played by Greg Tannahill, Randall by Jeremy Lloyd and Chris Leask plays 'everyone else' in one of the funniest shows to hit town for ages. Don't miss it!

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is suitable for people aged 11 and above.

Press Reviews

This is the funniest show in the West End The Telegraph

A fast and fabulous comedy caper is a joyful night out The Times

The best new comedy to open straight onto the West End in decades Time Out

Thrillingly inventive and lung-bustingly funny The Guardian

A night of spectacular madness WhatsOnStage.com

Laughing all the way to the bank Financial Times

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
72%
Families:
77%
Teenagers:
82%
Couples:
88%
Theatregoers:
89%

based on 222 reviews

A good laugh!

London Box Office customer

Left at intermission

Started well and had its moments but we left at half time, may go down ok if you like 50’s Americana. We left at half time having had enough.


London Box Office customer

great comedy

very entertaining. Excellent singing. Stage scenery and settings very innovative. Clever story and script delivered with expert timing.


London Box Office customer

Really,really side splitting funny

Brilliant childish humour for grownups!


London Box Office customer

A hilarious show.

London Box Office customer

Very funny

Very funny


London Box Office customer

Brilliant!!

This is definately a brilliant comedy that will have you laughing. Really well put together and played. Second time I've seen it and I would definately go back again!


London Box Office customer

Good to see slap stick is still being reinvented.

Memorable show, with a very clever set and novel ideas. Great to go to a play with no preconceptions of the storyline.some very funny moments. I didn't enjoy the music and wasn't sure if I was missing some of the American humour.


London Box Office customer

Brilliant evening!

Hilariously funny fast paced slapstick comedy, I couldn't stop laughing throughout entire show! Witty and thoroughly amusing!


London Box Office customer

Fun, Energetic and Fantastic

I loved this show it was really cleverly funny, energetic and well staged. The air ventilation scene was just amazing. The singing and acting was first class. I have already recommended it and the couple are raving about it too.


London Box Office customer

Bag of laughs

If you like fast moving, slapstick, campy, and punny humor, you'll like this show.


London Box Office customer

Bad play, cheap jokes

The play was supposed to be about the bank robbery that went wrong. Up Until the interval, there was no bank roberry. With the corny jokes and fake American accent, not worth watching. Nowhere near as good as The Play That Goes Wrong. We left at interval. Don't waste your money.


London Box Office customer

I think it might not be suitable for kids under the age of ,say, 14 due to sexual nature and strong language

We loved The Play that goes wrong and so decided to see the Bank Robbery. We took our 12 year old son to see it but I think if I knew of the content I might have given it a miss.I think it is not suitable for kids due to strong language and sexual scenes; which are really not suitable for kids.


London Box Office customer

Solidly amusing

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Great fun

Fast moving very clever funny, great performance by all the actors and actresses.If you like comedy it's a must see.


London Box Office customer

Bernard's review

The second time I've seen this show and it was funnier than last time. Subtle changes to the cast changed the dynamic and keep it fresh.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious, you should see it !

London Box Office customer

Laugh out loud funny

London Box Office customer

What a gem.....

Absolutely amazing ...me and my wife both love it...our only regret was that I didn't take my daughters with us...on the way back home we booked tickets for the following Sunday, for all of us...it was flag up as few inuendos but is inoffensive elegant and doesn't fall on the rude side . Insanely brilliant....


London Box Office customer

Another wonderful slice from Mischief!

Prepare to be well and truly chuckled and mirthed out by this sensational 2nd offering by these hugely talented folk! I loved this play as much as their first, which I would not have believed twoplays ago! Never mind threeboys, let's have threeplays please. Hugely entertains and accomplished 10 / 10!


London Box Office customer

Very Funny

This show was very funny did not stop laughing for 2 hours


London Box Office customer

bright and buzzy

London Box Office customer

Funny, original, crazy, brilliant.

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Colourful , funny , Very entertaining

London Box Office customer

Great laugh

If you like slap-stick silly comedy and men losing their trousers, good-timing farce with non-stop laughter then this is for you.


London Box Office customer

FUNNY,FUNNY,FUNNY.

The show was really funny, with great singing. Good story line, music was great. I would recommend this show to all ages above 10. I would recommend this show to all my friends.


London Box Office customer

Very funny


London Box Office customer

Overrated, puerile humour

I was really disappointed with the Comedy About A Bank Robbery as it had been so well reviewed previously. After a wonderful pre-theatre dinner at One Ham Yard I settled down happily to enjoy the show ...only to be sadly mistaken. The comedy was unsophisticated and over-obvious slapstick rather than the 'thrillingly and daringly inventive farce' that I was expecting. The first half raised not even a chuckle or a guffaw from me I'm afraid so I left at interval, preferring an early night and some re-runs of the still very funny Yes Minister series instead.


London Box Office customer

Funny

Made me laugh with its fast wit and humour


London Box Office customer

What a laugh!!

I have seen 'the play that goes wrong' and thought it couldn't be beaten but I enjoyed this even more. And love the creative stage sets!!!


London Box Office customer

Great fun!

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Hilarious

London Box Office customer

Fantastic cast a must see

We were at the back of the stalls which initially concerned me because I have poor eyesight but when the actors came out I was pleasantly surprised, my view was good although towards the end we did have to look at the screens in front to see the top half of the stage but my husband and I found this hilarious . I laughed so much I hurt my sides and that's a good thing.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious

London Box Office customer

Hilariously brilliant

Didn't know quite what I was expecting but it surpassed anything I had in mind. Witty, creative and unique, this show is a must see even for unseasoned theatregoers and those who aren't the biggest fans of shows involving music. The acting was superb. The intense build up of comedic scenes were edge of the seat periods of breath holding and gaze fixing. One of the best shows I've seen in a long time.


London Box Office customer

Every joke in one play!

London Box Office customer

Non-stop , action and fun play

Suitable for 13+ Good family fun. A good plot which was fun and full on. We all had a good time.


London Box Office customer

Loved it!

My friend recommended the show and I had no expectations going into it. I laughed the whole time and was raving about it to everyone I know afterward! I would highly recommend this show.


London Box Office customer

Very clever and quite funny

London Box Office customer

Kookie, Slapstick Humour.

Do you like slapstick comedy? This is for you in particular. Strong acting. Highly enjoyable to watch. Families with kids under 12, there are a couple of scenes that may embarrass you!! Overall a fab night out. The Criterion Theatre is worth a visit show or no show.


London Box Office customer

Comedy

This is a great show easy plot for any age group to follow would see this show again very good


London Box Office customer

Amazing

Very very funny from the moment the curtains lift !! Would defiantly rexommend to anyone with a sense of humour! Not for the faint miserables that don't get joke lines!! You will enjoy this a MUST see :-)


London Box Office customer

Birthday Show

Just very funny


London Box Office customer

So funny, so clever. ....a real treat

London Box Office customer

Madcap Mishaps Galore

Had so much fun watching A Comedy about a Bank Robbery. Full of madcap mishaps and slapstick humour we were laughing from ear to ear the entire show. It went so fast which goes to show it had us hooked right from the start. Good old fashioned comedy. Highly recommended.


London Box Office customer

Prepare to laugh!

London Box Office customer

Lots of fun

Light hearted comedy, typically British so unlikely to be produced at home.


London Box Office customer

no need for the murders

London Box Office customer

Please bring this show to Australia!

Loved it! Beyond expectations. Laughed from the opening scene through to the end. Staging innovative.


London Box Office customer

A genuine laugh out loud slapstick fun show!

London Box Office customer

Thoroughly enjoyable.

None stop laughter from start to finish . Brilliant comedic writing complemented by a talented cast, fitting music and an ingenius set.


London Box Office customer

Colourful and fast paced comedy thriller

London Box Office customer

A definite priority to see! Top marks - 5+ stars!

This show is really funny, very entertaining and a must see comedy in the West End. The laughs started from the very beginning right until the end. There was never a moment where the family wasn't on the edge of their seat laughing! One of the best shows ever - we would highly recommend! Suitable for everyone 10 to 100 years old!!! Loved it and want to see it again!


London Box Office customer

Hilarious blend of wit & stunts

Uproariously funny.


London Box Office customer

Mood Uplifting

Me and my teenage son saw the show we were in a much better mood happy and laughing and spent a wonderful evening Thank you so much for a wonderful evening


London Box Office customer

Thoroughly enjoyable

It was funny and total farce., beautifully enacted.


London Box Office customer

Absolutely Hilarious!

London Box Office customer

Brilliant show for all

Just really good. Everything was superb, very funny and extremely enjoyable. A great nights entertainment.


London Box Office customer

Brill

This show was so silly but so funny and entertaining. The plot was obviously about a bank robbery gone wrong and did it! The cast played a variety of rolls and one in particular, the guy who was hit numerous times or knocked down was exceptional. The stunts were brilliant, don't want to give too much away but the three people on a rope was some thing else. We came out feeling happy because of all the laughing we done, one or two risqué parts that hopefully go over the heads of children. Lovely old theatre were you go downstairs as it's underground used by the BBC during the Second World War. The interval drinks and ices were better than any cinema, 1.50 for a cup of tea 2.50 for an ice cream tub....pretty good! Seating not too bad for such an old theatre.


London Box Office customer

Excellent production

A great show - very funny and well presented


London Box Office customer

Wonderful

London Box Office customer

Hilarious

London Box Office customer

Funny clever and brilliant

Must see


London Box Office customer

Very funny!!!

A superb evenings entertainment. Everything promised was delivered. Would definitely recommend for all.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious and highly entertaining

London Box Office customer

Fantastic

London Box Office customer

Total slapstick

A bit draggy in 2nd half


London Box Office customer

Funnier than Expected

I am not a frequent visitor to live shows however, whilst in London I thought a show is a must. From the opening scene it had me laughing and the story was well written and very clever. I'm glad that I made the right decision to see it. Terrence


London Box Office customer

It really would be a crime to miss out on

This show was great, it was really funny and had some great slapstick comedy bits. I liked the whole 'dr searl ' thing and even the weird girls in the back who gasped - though that last one probably wasn't staged. It's a great treat and well worth going. Mischief theatre is a real treat so definitely see their other performances.


London Box Office customer

Great laugh

Im a very hard person to make laugh but this play had me in stitches.Great comical timing good jokes and brilliant acting.Had me grinning all night long this is a must see show


London Box Office customer

Had us howling with laughter.

This play is fast and furious. The scene where you get a bird's eye view of the office is genius. Very, very funny.


London Box Office customer

Great fun and silliness!

London Box Office customer

Funniest play ever seen

This was the funniest play I have ever seen- I was crying with laughter in some parts- and I wasn't the only one. When it finished, I wanted to watch it all over again. We took our 10 year old son, who also loved it and laughed all the way through. Although there were a few bits that were slightly more 'adult' and a bit of bad language, they weren't done too crudely, so it felt ok.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious

London Box Office customer

Hilarious

Not only very funny, but clever and non-stop. Lots of energy and fantastic, innovative stage setting/scenery.


London Box Office customer

A must see

London Box Office customer

Excellent

London Box Office customer

Energetic and great fun

London Box Office customer

Hilarious and a must see!

London Box Office customer

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Mischief Theatre It’s great when theatre folk achieve unlikely success through sheer hard work and talent. Of course those two qualities alone are no guarantee of success in an overcrowded market but add a dash of good luck and you could be the next Mischief Theatre.

In just a few years, have gone from being a bunch of unknown graduates performing on the London Fringe to one of the most successful and sought after performers and creatives in the industry.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Mischief Theatre, a group of acting graduates who took London’s West End by storm with THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and PETER PAN GOES WRONG are at it again! But whilst their two previous productions offered something new and exhilarating their newest THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY seems at times too obvious and its slapstick style might suit only those who are after some light entertainment.

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Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

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  • Capacity: 590
  • Year built: 1874

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