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 325 reviews

Criterion Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 3 November 2019

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 until:
Sunday, 3 November 2019

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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Acting

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Recommended for:

Anyone
75%
Families
81%
Teenagers
85%
Couples
90%
Theatregoers
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based on 325 reviews

MUST SEE!!!

Incredible, funny, surprising, perfect acting. One of the best in my life!


London Box Office customer

Brilliantly funny

This is a great show our group of 4 had a great laugh


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Perfect comedic timing

A great show with a brilliant cast with great comedy timing. Plus some amazing singing voices!


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An absolute laugh.

We have a great view and sound from our seats, row E in the stalls.


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Lots of laughs

Great play very funny and great cast I would recommend this play for anyone who just wants to have laugh and be entertained


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Funny, definitely a good watch!

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Creatively clever

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Hilarious - Particulalry Act 2

A very well put together comedy. A slow start but by the second act it was really funny. Some good 'stage tricks'. Excellent scenery. A simple plot but brilliantly executed.


London Box Office customer

Good but ...

... not their best. This is a fairly standard British comedy along the lines of a conventional bedroom farce. The second act is far stronger than the first with greater demands placed on the cast along with far more inventive set design. Having been impressed by their previous work, 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' I was expecting something at least as good here but came away disappointed; funny, yes, but not at the laugh-out-loud level of TPTGW.


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Hardly LOL

With humour being subjective its hard to know if its funny without actually seeing it, I take the blame for my humour, but not funny for me, good characters and okay acting, but we didn't laugh once, it was all a bit "see it coming a mile off" humour. Great building and helpful polite staff though.


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Absolutely Hilarious. Quick witted, clever and great cast

Was a great play, had story line, bags of wit and humour to the emotional and the sadness to one hell of a twist! I would recommend it to anyone!


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Great

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Excellent show. Laughing from start to finish. Good value.


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You will be laughing all the time

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More than a laugh a minute.

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brilliant

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heartfull laugh

If you like a good laugh, that's the show. Playing with the language is thing alike very much. "Forces" you to go along, to participay, to figure thins out.


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Very funny

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Great show

If you want to forget about real world for a couple of hours and enjoy slapstick comedy, this show is for you. Great acting with a twist is an ending.


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I cried I laughed so hard!

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Hilarious! Loved it!


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A slick comedy.

Great choreography of sets and slapstick humour. Enthusiastic actors who looked like they were enjoying themselves. A fun night at the theatre.


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Hilarious slap stick comedy, must see!

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Sensational must see

The second time I’ve seen this show. Laughed more the second time. The actors comedic timing is excellent. The cast look like they are having as much fun as the audience. Thank you for a great night of comedy.


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Fantastic

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A pure moment of “fast-paced” happiness

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So funny

It was a really good laugh


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If you like slapstick. Go.

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Very funny and entertaining show

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Rib tickler!

Fast, furious, slapstick with a few songs. Stage play very inventive and gripping.Very funny the whole audience was in uproar!


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Must See!

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50's US crime caper!

When I booked the show, for some reason I thought it was about the Hatton Garden Heist! So my initial disappointment, was soon forgot! It was like a good farce, very much in the mould of the Airplane franchise. Totally laugh out loud!


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Totally worth it!

Very happy surprised at how funny this show was. All the actors and actresses did an amazing job, not just acting, but also singing. I so recommend this play to anyone that needs a good laugh.


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Absolutely hilarious

If you’re thinking about whether to go or not then definitely GO SEE IT! Incredibly clever, extremely funny and I want to go and see it all over again!


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Laughing out loud all night

This show was absolutely fantastic we all laughed out loud all night. Brilliant absolutely brilliant


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A real treat!

My friend and I both went to see this show to celebrate our birthdays and although alot of the songs were golden olden songs we absolutely loved the humour and the songs.


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Fast paced, superb comic timing, laugh a minute!

Timing was everything with this play and they got it right! The set changes and general effects - especially sound effects were slick and smooth and spot on. Especially good were the rope hanging and air conditioning unit scenes. The pace never flagged. The singing was really excellent - especially from the Mrs Monaghan character. So much to like, it's hard to make any criticism but - some of the American accents were inconsistent and in trying to keep up a fast pace, some of the dialogue - especially from prisoners and gaolers at the start, was garbled. However it was an amazingly good evening's entertainment and we would recommend it to anyone!


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Colourful & creative

The show was entertaining however the play on words (misunderstandings) was a bit overdone for my liking although the comedy timing was excellent. I much preferred “ The play that goes wrong” and wish the Mischief Company every success.


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Clever Mischief

Brilliantly written and acted! Another fantastic comedy experience delivered by the Mischief Gang. Loved this as much as The Play that Goes Wrong. Can’t wait to experience their next creation!


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Laugh til my face hurt!

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Must see!!

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Must see

Hilariously funny show made for anyone. It was loved by all 6 of us that went to the play. Every character had their own personality and kept it as the show went on. By a 12 years old theatre lover.


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Pacey and inventive

This had all the elements of a good farce - pacey, inventive with the power to surprise. Some of the mechanics were very original - for example the scene where we apparently view the bank manager's office from above and I liked the Hitchcockian inclusion of seagulls. My only criticism is that the amplification of the vocals was much too strong - the microphone needed to be adjusted.


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The show was brilliant

This was an excellent show we laughed from start to finish front of house staff were also very helpful the only advice I would offer is to try to get your seats not to close to the edges as you may miss out on things that happen towards the edges of the stage.


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A must see!

What a cracking show! Truly raw acting at it’s very, very best! With very simple yet incredibly effective props. Absolutely loved it! Brilliant everyone!!!!


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Light hearted.

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Super funny!

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Hilarious

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A must see

Hilarious, laugh out loud the whole way through. Planning on going again and only saw it last night. Brilliant acting and a good ending. This should be enforced viewing, every one should see this!


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Best Play I have ever seen

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I split my sides laughing

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hilarious

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Funny, witty and very enjoyable

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Great entertainment

This is a hilarious, fast-pacing, "clean" comedy. A treat for all ages. The stage setting was imaginative and scene changes did not slow down the action. A great way to clear the doom and gloom and carry on with a smile. ..


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Not my kind of humour

This show is very different to anything I’ve ever seen at the theatre and unfortunately I just didn’t find it funny. The humour is slapstick at its very best. If you find people falling over funny & obvious humour where you know what they are going to say next you will find this show hilarious like half the audience did. The acting is excellent, the sets are fantastic and everything is brilliant except if you can’t get on board with that kind of comedy the show is just not for you. I found it boring because of this the same jokes are repeated throughout the show sometimes to the point of over & over again. We didn’t stay till the end as neither us found it funny. It was a massive shame. I wished I was the lady behind me who was laughing out loud the entire time!


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Fabulous comedy

Loved the show, laughed a lot!!


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Best comedy we've seen in ages!

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Theatre at its best

Funny talented actors singers stagecraft all contributing to a hilarious believable experience.


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funny

This play got funnier as it went on. It was a surprise that it was set in America, but didn’t distract from the story - instead lent itself nicely to the music and few songs. Which didn’t make it a musical, but actually added to the whole experience.


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A Must See

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great show, amazing fun to watch good comedy

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Very creative, loved it!

Fantastic, I did not have any expectations. But I left a happy man, had a great time watching these super talented actors.


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High farce

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Great show!

Excellent fun, very well created.


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Amazing set

The play was great. We watched the play that goes wrong a few weeks ago which was amazing and hilarious. This was brilliant too, the mischief theatre company have done very well. The set is incredibly designed and works so well within the play. Highly recommend a watch.


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Laughed from start to finish

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Very amusing

A very funny show and all the better for being in a small in to.ate theatre. The cast worked very hard and coped with the physicall demands extremely well. Sometimes the dialogue was too fast!


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a really good light hearted , fuuny, spirited performance


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Up for some belly laughs

This is a slapstick comedy full of eccentric moments, high energy performances, laughs of all sorts except - I'm glad to say - outright 'adult' humour (I. E. Nothing explicitly sexual and no bad on language). Highly recommended for simply a fun evening.


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A wonderful night

Me and our friends all think this is a jolly lovely show. The actors and acturesses were all excellent in their endurance. The one that played "Sam" was very handsome.


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Must see

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dynamic

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Laughed so much

Our group age ranged from 15years to 80 and this play worked for everyone. Excellent writing; brilliant timing on delivery of lines; very clever moments both physically and mentally for a very hard working cast that made it so entertaining for us all. Absolutely brilliant. We would all go again, very rare indeed!


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Very funny show, will make you laugh

Very enjoyable comedy


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A very clever and funny must see show

This was a very funny show. The slapstick humour was delivered with intelligence setting it head and shoulders above other shows in this genre. The word play and timing of the actors was spot on and ingenious. This show is a must see for anyone interested in having a fun filled night out in London. The theatre was intimate, with good bar facilities. This show will appeal to all ages.


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Cringy

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A Fun Show

Written in the best tradition of a classic bedroom farce with a twist of action/adventure. A good night out.


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A good laugh!

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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.


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great comedy

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


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Really,really side splitting funny

Brilliant childish humour for grownups!


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A hilarious show.

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Very funny

Very funny


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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!


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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.


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Brilliant evening!

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Hilarious, you should see it !

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Laugh out loud funny

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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....


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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!


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Very Funny

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


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bright and buzzy

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Funny, original, crazy, brilliant.

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New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world

16 Jan 2017

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.

Review: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY at The Criterion Theatre

03 May 2016

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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