Suitable for 11+
Moderate sexual innuendos throughout. Suitable for 11+
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.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (76%)
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 Robert, Westminster, United States Of America
Reviewed on 01 December 2019 by Michelle, Lincoln, United Kingdom
We loved this show, laughed from the start to finish. Don’t miss it 😂😂
Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by Sharon, Manchester, United Kingdom
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 Stephen, Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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 Janine, Newark, United Kingdom
Really funny show, had me laughing from start to finish
Reviewed on 14 November 2019 by Eduard, London, United Kingdom
Excellent play and very funny. Must see.
Reviewed on 13 November 2019 by David, York, United Kingdom
A great evening full of laughs. Non stop comedy. Well worth seeing.
Reviewed on 13 November 2019 by Juliette, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 November 2019 by Laurent, Marbella, Spain
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 Dale, Beecroft Nsw, Australia
Great night. So funny, brilliant timing.
Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by Mary, Kildare, Ireland
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 Emily, Hartwell, United Kingdom
A lovely theatre to watch the play, a nice size with alot of character, worth a visit
Reviewed on 31 October 2019 by Vanessa, Horsham West Sussex, United Kingdom
Loved the before show and intermission music, it suited the era.
Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by Marianne, Greenacres, Australia
Even our teenagers enjoyed it so that is testament in itself! Fantastic, fun night out. X
Reviewed on 28 October 2019 by Anna, Ventnor, United Kingdom
Wonderful. Laughed throughout the entire show. Highly recommended
Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by Lindy, St Neots, United Kingdom
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 John, Hitchin, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 October 2019 by Jeff, Crowthorne, United Kingdom
fast moving comedy building to a very funny final 40 minutes of mayhem
Reviewed on 21 October 2019 by Allan David, Epping, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by Gillian, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2019 by Katri, Turku, Finland
Reviewed on 16 October 2019 by Mohamed, Isa Town, Bahrain
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 Jacob, 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 Mario, Jaklovce, Slovakia
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 Ghalia, Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Joanna, Krakow, Poland
Very funny, nice change from west end musicals but still a feel-good night out
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Deborah, London, United Kingdom
Very good. Funny from the start.
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Gavin, Frinton On Sea, United Kingdom
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 Mark, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 September 2019 by Ching Hei Jenkin, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by Sonja, Moeglingen, Germany
Reviewed on 19 September 2019 by Nedret, London, United Kingdom
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 Paul, Grimsby, United Kingdom
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 Richard, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 September 2019 by Gail, 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 Barbara, Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 September 2019 by Fady, 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 Mari, Apo Ae, United States Of America
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 Neil, Newry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by Diestra, London, United Kingdom
Very amusing and great way to relax on a Sunday night.
Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by Paula, London, United Kingdom
Choreography (ie: the way the actors moved about the stage, scene changes etc) was praiseworthy.
Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by Penelope, Malvern, United Kingdom
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 Jan, St Albans, United Kingdom
A clever and very funny play. Loved it.
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Rudolf, 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 Jane, Northallerton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by Henry, Los Angeles, United States Of America
Amazing play! Very funny and good music. Thank you very much 🙂
Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by Emil, London, United Kingdom
Great Show! Great actors. I enjoyed it very much!
Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by Martina, Celle, Germany
Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by Chris, Braintree, United States Of America
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 John, London, United Kingdom
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 Jennifer, Moama, Australia
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 Lucy, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 June 2019 by Brian, Sheffield, United Kingdom
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 Emily, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 June 2019 by Yuchi, New Taipei City, Taiwan (province Of China)
Very loud Over acting makes it quite predictable & silly if I may say. My nephews might like it.
Reviewed on 19 June 2019 by Saud, London, United Kingdom
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 Sophie, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Haven’t laughed as much in a long long time. An absolutely uplifting evening.
Reviewed on 14 June 2019 by Simon, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Thoroughly enjoyed this show. My husband and I were hesitant but definitely worth it.
Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by Hema, Hounslow, United Kingdom
Hilariously funny! Very well written, acted and executed! Would definitely recommend!
Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Hannah, Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by William, 1 Blackfriars Road, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by Brian, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by Dilip, London, United Kingdom
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 Keith, Stalbridge, United Kingdom
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 Kyriacos, Horley, United Kingdom
The dastick show with wonderful crew that knows how to interact with the audience very recommended
Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by Jennifer, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 May 2019 by Tanya, Wellington, New Zealand
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 Christie, Knocknacarra Galway, Ireland
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Lynn, Airdrie, Canada
Excellent comedy superb acting
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Mark, London, United Kingdom
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 Rachel, Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by Preena, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Anne, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by Elitsa, London, United Kingdom
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 Camila, London, United Kingdom
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 Ed, Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
Hilarious from start to finish
Reviewed on 29 April 2019 by Carol, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
It was so much fun. Excellent language, perfect timing and a few surprise.
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Marja, Helsinki, Finland
Both ourselves and our grandchildren aged 11 and 13 enjoyed it.
Reviewed on 24 April 2019 by Nira, London, United Kingdom
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 Tracey, Telford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by Mark, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Very colourful, mind bogglingly funny. Almost laughed my guts out.
Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by Syed Abdul Khaliq, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by Anil, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by Alison, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Absolutely brilliant,funny from beginning to end.
Reviewed on 09 April 2019 by Darren, Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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 Tugba, Kırklareli, Turkey
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 Angela, Churchill, Australia
Reviewed on 01 April 2019 by Claire, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 March 2019 by Paul, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Emmanouil, Waltmastow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by Julia, London, United Kingdom
This is a hugely enjoyable show for many reasons. It is energetically funny with no low or boring parts. Keeps you entertained with strong performances by all the cast. If you have a sense of humour then this show is a must.
Reviewed on 19 March 2019 by Eddy, Belvidere, United States Of America
We were not sure about going to see this show, boy are we glad we did, it was a fantastically funny show throughout and the cast were amazing
Reviewed on 06 March 2019 by Tony, Bristol, United Kingdom
Hilarious comedy with wonderful word plays. Great for a fun evening out!
Reviewed on 03 March 2019 by Angela, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Mark, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Very funny, good entertainment, loved it with my daughter.
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Gaelle, Ware, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 February 2019 by Michael, Cork, Ireland
Reviewed on 17 February 2019 by Mary, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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)
Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by Alan, Rothesay, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by Ulrich, Wohlenschwil, Switzerland
by Phil Willmott | Friday, April 5 2019, 12:48
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
by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43
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
by Nastazja Domaradzka | Tuesday, May 3 2016, 10:09
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