Criterion Theatre

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

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4.7/5 - based on 557 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 November 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)
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About The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Age restrictions

Suitable for 11+ 

Important Information

Moderate sexual innuendos throughout. Suitable for 11+

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 November 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 15:00 19:00

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery description

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.

Next Performances for The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre

tomorrow24th Jan 2020 7:30pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast
Saturday25th Jan 2020 2:30pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast
Saturday25th Jan 2020 7:30pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast
Sunday26th Jan 2020 3:00pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast
Sunday26th Jan 2020 7:00pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast
Tuesday28th Jan 2020 7:30pm

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA GB

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Cast

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 557 reviews

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Recommended for:

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Latest customer reviews
Funny and entertaining

Reviewed on 12 January 2020 by , Redwood City, United States Of America

Simply amazing!

The Guardian was right: „Lung-bustingly funny“ is so true!

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , Cologne, Germany

Off the cuff

Last minute booking and so glad we came. Was a delightful way to spend a Friday evening.

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , Crawley, United Kingdom


If you are into intreging murder mysteries, give it a miss. If you like chaos and confusion, comedy and farce, this is for you! Laugh a minute brilliantly presented!

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , Chingford, United Kingdom

Not as good as reviews suggest

Reviewed on 01 January 2020 by , Ringwood, United Kingdom

Superb farce.

Reviewed on 31 December 2019 by , Great Kingshill, United Kingdom


Very entertaining

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Such a Shame

Actors were great and I wanted to laugh and enjoy the story but every other sentence I cringed and fought with myself about leaving - I can handle swearing & crudity to a point... but the amount of blasphemy was appalling! Any Christian should have felt extremely uncomfortable - and if you do not hold with using God's name in vain. Then I would seriously suggest choosing another show. I was so hopeful and it was such a shame that the language brought the whole thing down.

Reviewed on 18 December 2019 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

Do yourself a favour and go!

It’s an amazing play, with constant laughter brought by an outstanding cast. That robbery could not have gone worse.

Reviewed on 11 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


There were a couple songs and they seemed out of place. Either it’s a play or a musical and having only a couple songs upsets the flow; they should commit to one type of show and I suggest removing the songs.

Reviewed on 06 December 2019 by , Westminster, United States Of America


Reviewed on 01 December 2019 by , Lincoln, United Kingdom


We loved this show, laughed from the start to finish. Don’t miss it 😂😂

Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Great show

Loved this show, amazing set changes which made very good use of the stage space. Actors had amazing voices.

Reviewed on 17 November 2019 by , Bexleyheath, United Kingdom

A must see!

We saw The Play That Goes wring a year ago and they mentioned about this one! WOW! Just wow! Amazing! We were expecting it not to live up to the other play, but by gosh it did! Would recommend to anyone who wants to go!

Reviewed on 17 November 2019 by , Newark, United Kingdom

super funny show

Really funny show, had me laughing from start to finish

Reviewed on 14 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


Excellent play and very funny. Must see.

Reviewed on 13 November 2019 by , York, United Kingdom

Funny Show

A great evening full of laughs. Non stop comedy. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed on 13 November 2019 by , Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom

HILARIOUS !! Not to miss

Reviewed on 06 November 2019 by , Marbella, Spain

,Must see this fantastic show

What a privilege to sit and watch a fantastic comedy ‘The comedy about a Bank Robbery’. Fantastic actors and script which left the audience laughing for the entire show. Don’t miss this.

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , Beecroft Nsw, Australia

Fantastic show.

Great night. So funny, brilliant timing.

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , Kildare, Ireland

Very funny evening out!

Took my teenager and he laughed the whole way through it. Great way to introduce him to the West End. Fab cast - definitely worth a watch!

Reviewed on 01 November 2019 by , Hartwell, United Kingdom

Good fun to watch

A lovely theatre to watch the play, a nice size with alot of character, worth a visit

Reviewed on 31 October 2019 by , Horsham West Sussex, United Kingdom


Loved the before show and intermission music, it suited the era.

Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by , Greenacres, Australia

complete success.

Even our teenagers enjoyed it so that is testament in itself! Fantastic, fun night out. X

Reviewed on 28 October 2019 by , Ventnor, United Kingdom


Wonderful. Laughed throughout the entire show. Highly recommended

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , St Neots, United Kingdom

A fun night - impressive theatre

Polished acting and extremely clever technical effects. Lots of very silly humour - just the job! There was a brief technical hitch, which was sort of ironic really.... Didn't spoli the show.

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , Hitchin, United Kingdom

Good fun

Reviewed on 22 October 2019 by , Crowthorne, United Kingdom


fast moving comedy building to a very funny final 40 minutes of mayhem

Reviewed on 21 October 2019 by , Epping, United Kingdom

Funny and clever

Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by , Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Absolutely hilarious

Reviewed on 18 October 2019 by , Turku, Finland


Reviewed on 16 October 2019 by , Isa Town, Bahrain

Most amazing sets I’ve seen

So amazed by the complexity of the sets used in this play. So used to seeing plays use the same backdrops for everything then just changing a few onstage props to change the setting. This play is something else, whole scenes unfolding and transforming seamlessly. The way the bank set unfolds from the Side of the stage is unreal, just to tuck away to make room for the next set. I don’t want to spoil any surprises so I won’t give away the secret but you will be blown away by a certain robbery scene!! Overall the play was amazing! The ticket price is so god damn reasonable considering the quality of the show. I got to see a lot of plays and musicals and it’s hands down one of the best plays I’ve had the pleasure to see.

Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom


I would say that “The play which goes wrong” was a little bit better (to provide some reference point). However, this was also an excellent and high quality piece. It made me laugh all the time. Nice story and no weak spots. It kept constantly my attention.

Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by , Jaklovce, Slovakia

Funny and Creative

My first play in London. It’s really worth watching A funny comedy Last 2:30 with a break, the theatre room is not very big so we could see the stage and actors very well I had an excellent evening

Reviewed on 30 September 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Amusing mistakes and word playes that will make you laugh

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , Krakow, Poland

Great show

Very funny, nice change from west end musicals but still a feel-good night out

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Fun evening.

Very good. Funny from the start.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Frinton On Sea, United Kingdom

Cleverly and funnily written and directed

Wow a spectacular performance by Mischief Theatre, who have put on an equally funny performance in The Play That Goes Wrong. Actors are very funny, really commit to the context of the story, and always have a funny stereotype of their own character, e.g. flamboyant drama guy, tough boyfriend, etc. Loved the idea of a mini-Musical, especially when sung acapella, further showing the cast’s cooperative talents. Writing was clever, full stop. Brilliant use of comedy cliches in terms of language, and an overall fantastic storyline. Would see this show and other Mischief Theatre shows again and again. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Cardiff, United Kingdom

Ching Hei Jenkin
Hilarious acting with amazing set

Reviewed on 22 September 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

Absolutely brilliant

Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by , Moeglingen, Germany


great decor

Reviewed on 19 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Excellent laugh a minute

Great show by the team again funny clever a class act seen all their shows and this ones fab just like the rest

Reviewed on 18 September 2019 by , Grimsby, United Kingdom

Farcical and humerous

This was a faced paced, old style farce. The cast threw themselves into the action and kept the story moving. Numerous laugh out loud moments (if you suspend reality). A couple of stand out moments were Sam trying to explain why he was in the tough guys girlfriend's apartment and a very tricky, long, tongue twisting monologue by one of the other guys. Overall a good night's entertainment

Reviewed on 18 September 2019 by , Bognor Regis, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 09 September 2019 by , Chester, United Kingdom


Second time I have seen this and still laughed from start to finish. The actors are amazing and performance so polished.

Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by , Coventry, United Kingdom

Perfect show, new story, great cast, and marvelous singing!

Reviewed on 06 September 2019 by , Milton, Canada


The show was a complete surprise and hysterical. Just a perfect all around good show. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Reviewed on 02 September 2019 by , Apo Ae, United States Of America

Amazingly surprised!

A great show with incredibly funny storyline, well acted by a great cast. We booked this last minute not knowing much about the show but so glad we did. We'll be reccomending this to everyone!

Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by , Newry, United Kingdom

very nice

Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Great for a Sunday night!

Very amusing and great way to relax on a Sunday night.

Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Funny, in a way, a bit like an adult pantomime

Choreography (ie: the way the actors moved about the stage, scene changes etc) was praiseworthy.

Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by , Malvern, United Kingdom

Seriously clever and hilarious, cast are fantastic!

Just go see it! It’s clever, fast and funny with lots of laugh out loud moments. I’ve seen it twice now!

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , St Albans, United Kingdom

Hilarious and a must see

A clever and very funny play. Loved it.

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , Wollerau, Switzerland


Absolutely fantastic show - really funny and fast paced! A must see for everyone (except perhaps younger children, as there are a couple of mild sex references). Overall, a very well written and brilliantly acted show!

Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by , Northallerton, United Kingdom

Wonderful and funny

Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by , Los Angeles, United States Of America


Amazing play! Very funny and good music. Thank you very much 🙂

Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


Great Show! Great actors. I enjoyed it very much!

Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by , Celle, Germany

Hilarious "Who's on First" type comedy

Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by , Braintree, United States Of America

bank robbery goes wrong

vey good shoe but seats at the back could not see what was going on wa hen the acting was on the raised stage

Reviewed on 16 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

A great fun show 👍🏻

This was a great show that everyone will love. Great laughs, great acting and singing and absolutely awesome set.

Reviewed on 14 July 2019 by , Moama, Australia

An absolute must see!

Me and my husband were in tears laughing. Such quick and clever comedy that is so hard to find. If you’re in London, see this play. Ive never enjoyed a play as much as this. I can’t rate it highly enough.

Reviewed on 25 June 2019 by , Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

must see show

very funny

Reviewed on 24 June 2019 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

Hilarious, genius, a must see!

Saw this on the final night before the most recent cast change - it’s absolutley hilarious. Humour is constant throughout and the acting is truly amazing.

Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by , Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Wonderful show!

Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by , New Taipei City, Taiwan (province Of China)

Waste of precious time

Very loud Over acting makes it quite predictable & silly if I may say. My nephews might like it.

Reviewed on 19 June 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilarious, genius writing, leave feeling happy!

Incredible talent from the writer and the cast. Everything about this show is perfect. So many little touches that make you die with laughter. Really clever set, that was extremely eye catching. A must see, especially if you are in need of a good smile. Highly recommended seeing the play that goes wrong also ; one of their many other fabulous shows.

Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by , Scunthorpe, United Kingdom


Haven’t laughed as much in a long long time. An absolutely uplifting evening.

Reviewed on 14 June 2019 by , Surbiton, United Kingdom

A great laugh!

Thoroughly enjoyed this show. My husband and I were hesitant but definitely worth it.

Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom


Hilariously funny! Very well written, acted and executed! Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by , Chipping Norton, United Kingdom

It’s an OK evening

Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by , 1 Blackfriars Road, United Kingdom

Great show. Inventive, original, and really very funny.

Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by , Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

Awesome theatre show! Lots of belly laughing!

Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Surprise, surprise!

The poster is not what should be expected. The show is fast, witty and with great use of the stage, using some excellent materials. Everyone e plays their part superbly with great rapport, a must see show in an excellent venue.

Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by , Stalbridge, United Kingdom

Just amizaing it was funny loved it

They were good could see everything they had TV so u could see what was happening on top of the stage

Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by , Horley, United Kingdom

Amazing show

The dastick show with wonderful crew that knows how to interact with the audience very recommended

Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 22 May 2019 by , Wellington, New Zealand

Worth it for sure

It was hilarious and worth the time. I’m not always a huge fan of slap stick, and so there were parts I found it a bit much, but overall it was brilliant and definitely laughed out loud more than once.

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by , Knocknacarra Galway, Ireland

Laugh out loud funny!

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by , Airdrie, Canada

Great show

Excellent comedy superb acting

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Very funny, entertaining and definitely a must see

This was a birthday treat for my husband and it was one that was enjoyable for us both. Non stop humour, well written play and performance was fantastic. Thank you to the cast for a marvelous show. Will be booking up to see The play that went wrong soon.

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by , Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Funny and witty

Absolutely fabulous

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

So funny

Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

So much fun and great spectacle

Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Our First Time at the Theatre

we arrived 5 minutes late and missed the opening scene but it was great.The staff were friendly and filled us in with what we missed so when we entered we was up to speed. It was great slapstick comedy and will recommend people going to see this

Reviewed on 05 May 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Clever production let down by obvious script

Entertaining in parts but the script overplays its Airplane-level jokes. Don't expect clever setup or delivery. Punchlines are telegraphed and visual comedy is often childishly basic. Some parts should never have made it past quality control as its comedy drops to school play level, such as the unfunny yet repeated police hierarchy joke. It's not devoid of funny bits but they're hidden amongst lame humour. The set design is special and very imaginative, flattering the script. The acting too is very good and adds some (directed?) spontaneity. Not a bad evening's entertainment but could have been so much better.

Reviewed on 04 May 2019 by , Raheny, Dublin, Ireland

Must see

Hilarious from start to finish

Reviewed on 29 April 2019 by , Hartlepool, United Kingdom


It was so much fun. Excellent language, perfect timing and a few surprise.

Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by , Helsinki, Finland

hilarious, good fun.

Both ourselves and our grandchildren aged 11 and 13 enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 24 April 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Another bucket list winner

Having seen “The Play that goes wrong” couldn’t wait to see this play. It didn’t disappoint it’s so well written, extremely funny and one that should not be missed. Can not wait for the next one by this company.

Reviewed on 20 April 2019 by , Telford, United Kingdom

It would be a crime to miss this diamond of a show!

Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by , Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Syed Abdul Khaliq
Great commedy

Very colourful, mind bogglingly funny. Almost laughed my guts out.

Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Laugh a minute..........fantastically talented Actors......Brilliant !!!!!!

Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by , Surbiton, United Kingdom

Great escape

Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom


Absolutely brilliant,funny from beginning to end.

Reviewed on 09 April 2019 by , Market Deeping, United Kingdom

Amazing performance

It was an amazing performance both using their bodies and their voices. Some scenes make me think the players were athletes

Reviewed on 05 April 2019 by , Kırklareli, Turkey

Moments of brilliance

Nowhere near as good as there previous show, "The Play That Goes Wrong". Show had short bursts of excellence but not enough to carry the whole show.

Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by , Churchill, Australia

Brilliant Humour

Reviewed on 01 April 2019 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

A jolly good laugh


Reviewed on 25 March 2019 by , Doncaster, United Kingdom

Loved it

Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by , Waltmastow, United Kingdom

Witty and energetic – will get a laugh out of everyone

Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

05 Apr
Phil Willmott

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

by Phil Willmott | Friday, April 5 2019, 12:48

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery It’s fun to catch up with the West End’s long running shows so I was delighted to be invited to see this hit comedy on its third birthday. And I was even more delighted to discover that it’s as funny as everyone says.

This is a product of Mischief Theatre, who are an extraordinary phenomenon, a company whose work can fill venues across the world with non-musicals without star names or already popular titles.

Review: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY at the Criterion Theatre
16 Jan
Phil Willmott

New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world

by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43

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.

New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world
03 May
Nastazja Domaradzka

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

by Nastazja Domaradzka | Tuesday, May 3 2016, 10:09

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.

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