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 168 reviews

Criterion Theatre

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Booking from: Thursday, 31 March 2016

Booking until: Sunday, 1 April 2018

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (One interval)

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Age restrictions

Suitable for 10+

Important Information

Suitable for 10+


Booking from:
Thursday, 31 March 2016

Booking until:
Sunday, 1 April 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

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Anyone:
75%
Families:
79%
Teenagers:
83%
Couples:
89%
Theatregoers:
90%

based on 168 reviews

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 :-)


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Birthday Show

Just very funny


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

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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.


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Prepare to laugh!

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Lots of fun

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


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no need for the murders

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Please bring this show to Australia!

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


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A genuine laugh out loud slapstick fun show!

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

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


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Colourful and fast paced comedy thriller

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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!


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Hilarious blend of wit & stunts

Uproariously funny.


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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


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Thoroughly enjoyable

It was funny and total farce., beautifully enacted.


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Absolutely Hilarious!

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Brilliant show for all

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


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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.


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Excellent production

A great show - very funny and well presented


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Wonderful

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Hilarious

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Funny clever and brilliant

Must see


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Very funny!!!

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


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Hilarious and highly entertaining

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Fantastic

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Total slapstick

A bit draggy in 2nd half


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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


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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.


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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


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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.


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Great fun and silliness!

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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.


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Hilarious

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Hilarious

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


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A must see

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Excellent

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Energetic and great fun

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Hilarious and a must see!

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I want to be a robber!!!

Absolutely brilliant, I have not laughed so much in a long time. Well done to the cast for the perfect timing and non stop mayhem. Well produced well lit and brilliant stage sets.


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Silly Pill

Actors kept their energy up thought the whole play and they seemed like they were having fun, too. Visual gags were appreciated. Timing was good. I watched some young boys who were having the time of their life - on the edge of he seats laughing, eyes beamed on the players. Like the stage affectation when it was in a different dimensions.


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brill

I was taken aback by this show, the stage sets were very good, all the actors played there parts well, everyone seemed to be haveing a good time watching the show...................if I saw that the show was coming to manchester Ill be booking it......xx


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Great

Really funny and very well acted and exciting to watch.


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Entertain and funny

The play was entertaining and very funny, the actors and set design were terrific.


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Amazingly funny, a must see!

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Enjoyable show

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The funniest show ever

Fantastic show didn't stop laughing from beggining to end. Great acting and very clever scenery. Would love to see it again. Well done!


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We laughed from the first minute to the last!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the show and laughed from the very first minute until the very end. The cast seemed to thoroughly enjoy it as well. Apparently it was their last show and one of the ladies in the cast even shed a tear at the end. The sets were excellent (were they really hanging vertically or was that an optical illusion??) and the acting superb (great American accents, or were some of the cast American?). We were so glad that we chose this show.


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The comedy that got it right!

If you've seen the play goes wrong or Peter Pan goes wrong then you'll be right at home here. Laugh out loud with great performances, great sets and great musical numbers. See it before people spoil the special effects. Next stop Hollywood!


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Laugh out loud funny!!

We had front row seats and could see the amount of effort the actors put in. Funny from start to finish, great timing, gags, singing and comedy on multiple dimensions! Genius! My friend has a very audible laugh and never stopped, even the cast commented on him at the end! Great night and a must for comedy lovers. Enjoy!


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Dont see this if you like old fashioned, traditional theatre

If I had known it was Brits doing American accents with improvised scenery I would not have seen it. My fault I didnt realise that


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An enjoyable show

Good show


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good

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Well Done

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Intelligent slapstick

We have seen " the play that goes wrong" and we wanted to see this as that was amazing. - This lives up to that - i was constantly amazing great script - executed beautifully by all the cast in their many believable roles. This is a play that will make you laugh with anticipation it has the hallmark of of the greats of comedy. The Production of set, lights and sound also has to be seen! Lastly - there is mild comic sexual references so I would put this at a plus 14 type show! Well done


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Very simple

Actors were good but the storyline wasn't. Humour was very simple, it was mostly misunderstanding the words, for example one says 'weight' and another one hears it as 'wait'. Boring. Left after part one. Maybe and older generation would find it funny.


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Wonderful Surprise!

An absolute delight! Particularly, in todays world, this comedy works like a charm. I ,really, had so very many side splitting laughs which I am very grateful for and if I had more time in London I would go see their other two shows!Thanks for the break from reality!!!


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A well executed comedy play.

This play was very funny and the comic timing was brilliant, particularly in the bedroom. The actors were good and my favourite scene was the roof scene, that had everyone in stitches. The scenery was strong and held up well. I loved the seagulls, poor Simon and Deborah. Well done all, it makes me want to go and see The play that went wrong now.


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Amazing

Must See


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very funny!!!

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take tissues you will cry with laughter

We need more of this kind of theatre to brighten people's lives up! It was an absolute hoot right from the start, you had to be fairly quick though, to keep up with some of the witty puns especially with the American accents. The whole thing was amazingly clever and well acted, some of the scenes had breathtaking acrobatics and there was also some singing thrown in as well. The Criterion is a tiny but cosy theatre with a warm atmosphere well to suited to this kind of caper. Well done to all!


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Hilarious

Fast paced, utterly ridiculous, brilliantly directed. Superb slapstick entertainment from start to finish. My face hurt from laughing.


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It's ok

Good play. However, not always very funny. I found it boring sometimes.


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very funny must see

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Funniest comedy I've seen in a while

If you like comedy theatre this is a must-visit. Laughing heard from beginning to end :)


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Funny and fast, keeps the audience involved

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Not at all funny!

A big disappointment. The first 10 mins of any show should capture and set the tone for the audience. This show failed to capture but did set the tone of delivering a steady stream of 'cheesy' one liners. We actually walked out after 30 minutes.


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Hilarious!

A real laugh out loud farce. I enjoyed the clever play on words - the script writing is excellent. Also, brilliant actors with tons of energy!


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Don't bother!

The humour was ok at the start then went stupid for the rest of the show. Would not recommend.


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Must see

Loved it and now bought tickets for Peter Pan. We have already seen the play that goes wrong!


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Terrible, obvious 'gags', tediously bolted to a paper thin plot. Hated every second

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Laugh out loud funny

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Great Date Night

I was a little worried at first that this particular type of humour was not going to bode well with my husband but half way through I looked over to see tears in his eyes from laughing so hard. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who has not yet seen this show so I won't say too much, but I would definitely recommend going to see it!


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Entertaining

Not as clever as the other 2 productions, but still worth an evening out. Some parts were very well acted and timing excellent. No music in the production.


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Funny

Brilliant acting, very clever and witty. Loved the way they used props for items in the story. Had us laughing a lot.


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Farcically Funny

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Hilarious and quite brilliant!

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Hilarious!

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Non stop Hilarity

It was fast paced and witty from word. The sets were notabl


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An absolute must!

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Well worth seeing

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Great show, command of English helpful

A great comedy using the eccentricities of the English language to make us laugh and with excellent musical vocals. The changing of the stage sets were clever and the view down in to the vault was very impressive.


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Great fun evening out

Non-stop entertainment. Very funny engaging and cleverly staged/acted. Suitable for all age groups and it was good to see so many kids in the audience. Elements of physical theatre and some great surreal moments.


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like a hammer blow to the funnybone.

Funniest slapstic ( there is a lot of slapping ) come farce i have ever seen. But i am going to the play that went wrong, today so that might change.


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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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