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 394 reviews

Criterion Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 3 November 2019

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)

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Age restrictions

Suitable for 11+ 

Important Information

Moderate sexual innuendos throughout. Suitable for 11+

Please note: In the weeks Commencing Monday 4th March 2019 and Monday 11th March 2019 there will be no shows whilst some of the theatre gets a refurbishment.


Booking until:
Sunday, 3 November 2019

Running time:
2 hours 30 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

What to expect:

Acting

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Costumes

Story

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Recommended for:

Anyone
76%
Families
81%
Teenagers
86%
Couples
90%
Theatregoers
90%

based on 394 reviews

Hilarious night out

I booked the show very last minute as I was visiting London and wanted to take in a show. So glad I chose this one- it was a 5 laughs a minute extravaganza. The pace just never dropped, and the comedy never missed a beat. You MUST go (unless you’re devoid of a sense of humour, in which case stick to Les Miserables)


London Box Office customer

It is definitely an advantage if you understand English quite well, otherwise a lot of the puns won‘t land but nevertheless it was very funny and entertaining!


London Box Office customer

Simply perfect

Took a chance and looked quickly at the reviews, I didn't even read the story or looked into it as I wanted it to be a surprise...well a surprise it was...what a show, the actors all well acted and the decor and background walls were just superb...highly recommended to see.


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Great fun!

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hilarious, entertaining a must see

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Fantastically fsrcical

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Laugh out loud funny

Fun word plays and silly jokes wear down the urge not to laugh till laughing is unavoidable.


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A laugh a minute

This was an excellent show, truly a laugh a minute , the cast put in a huge physical effort for a show that included songs, physical gags double takes and comedy at a frantic pace, highly enjoyable.


London Box Office customer

Excellent show

A great night out !


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Good fun, with wide appeal

We were looking for a show that would appeal to a group who were in their 20's and 50's. This didn't disappoint; plenty to laugh at, good singing and inventive sets


London Box Office customer

Funny as hell

This show was so funny from start to finish with great songs to go along with it. Would highly recommend


London Box Office customer

Refreshing pure entertainment. Incredible cast, highly skilled in timing throughout with one another

Pure entertainment, wonderful in their timing of some old school light-hearted comedy. A refreshing and passionate cast. Fantastic theatre, Criterion warm and very welcoming space creating a great environment for all to enjoy.


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This show is rubbish!,save your money and book somewhere else !,

London Box Office customer

Funniest thing out there, we laughed from start to finish, the funnys just kept on coming.

Small theatre so excellent view of the stage from where ever you are seated we was in the stalls and had a great view. Comfortable and very clean.


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Absolutely fantastic

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Rib tickling, cheesy humour from the start :)

Struggled to choose between 3 West End plays & made the right decision with The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Had a bit guess 'who dun it' & was wrong!!!!


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Comedy and stage performance at its best

A wonderful time, unexpectedly extremely funny and impressed by great acting. Would recommend to all.


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Great show. Great fun

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The funniest show

Excellent show so funny. The theatre staff were very friendly. I can’t wait for the next one


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Laughter is good for you - it's one of your 5 a day

Great acting by all of the actors/actresses, very imaginative scenes, clever wordplays. We were laughing until our belly hurt! :)


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nowhere near as good as the play the went wrong

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Funny

Not quite as good as the play that goes wrong but still very funny.


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My review

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It was better that I expected

Great family day Lots of laughs


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Like an old fashioned farce

Actors were excellent and talented. Very small theatre with some seating with restricted viewing. Funny and well presented.


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Totally funny

It is a long time since we laughed as much as this. Loved it


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american twist on English style farce.

Busy action with lots of cleaver word play and farce type action. Plus music an song mixed in.


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Laugh out loud from start to finish

Great show, loved the humour and would definitely recommend to other. Wasn't sure what to expect as I'm not a regular theatre goer, but it was hilarious and the cast were great. It was right up our street!


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Really funny

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Laugh out loud comedy

Very funny slapstick style comedy with great actors.


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A must watch!

The show was really funny, good story and the jokes were on point. It was housefull and the audience was amazing, would recommend watching it for sure.


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Fast funny fun

It was extremely well performed. Fast and very funny. Great acting and singing....one of the best shows we’ve seen in a long time. Would recommend it to all ages...


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Good comedy for a Sunday evening

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Imaginative

The must see show, this is the reason why we go to the theatre, to be thoroughly entertained!! Awesome xxx


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Must see

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A great time!!

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A must see, very funny!

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Funnyest show I have seen since Spam Alot

It was funny, engaging. Wouldn't recommend to anyone who doesn't speak fluent English as there was a lot of word play, so if you don't understand the word play then you kind of miss half of the show.


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A good laugh

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Good laugh for an evening

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Great Performance and actors

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it’s genius! a must see!

The show is simply amazing, the plot is nice but the actors, the music, the scenes are absolutely amazing and genius at some points. I’d like to see it again straight away!


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Good nite in theatre land

Very clever and brilliantly acted every member of the cast made the role their own def going to see their other show now x


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Entertainment at its best

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Cleverly Hysterical

Incredibly clever and funny show. Highly recommend this show.


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Creative

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Funny, but not clever

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Laugh out loud funny

Same theatre group as The Play That Goes Wrong which we thought was funnier, but this show was still funny, extremely well acted and scripted. A great weekend treat for the whole family at affordable prices.


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A must see laugh a minute

We attended with little knowledge, we usually see musicals and tagged this show onto a weekend of theatre OMG what a fab show... the timing was perfect the laughs genuine and heartfelt, the cast just perfect so so clever we loved it cannot express enough the fun it actually made the weekend.


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choreograph, stage, acting, music all good!! And fun!!!

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Fabulous show

Fabulous show, cast was superb


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MUST SEE!!!

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


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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.


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

Fantastic

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A pure moment of “fast-paced” happiness

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So funny

It was a really good laugh


London Box Office customer

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!


London Box Office customer

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!


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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!


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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.


London Box Office customer

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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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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