A Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Criterion Theatre, London


Fresh from the huge success that is The Play That Goes Wrong (if you haven’t seen it, why haven’t you? It’s astounding!), Mischief Theatre are back with a bigger, better and with a full on show that will have you hysterically laughter within minutes, making you feel like you’ve had a vigorous workout by the time the show comes down!

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery is their third play in three years and it is good, very very good. Written by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer this show is a hilarious comedy, as the title suggests, about a bank robbery although the audience doesn’t see the robbery take place well into the second Act. Shields is jailbird Mitch Ruscitti who is set on stealing the Maguvin Diamond at the Minneapolis City Bank, which Robin Freeboys (Lewis) manages. Alongside Shields and Lewis are Charlie Russell who plays Ruscitti’s girlfirend, Caprice. Also involved with the robbery are Cooper (Greg Tannahill) and pickpocket Sam (Dave Hearn). Nancy Zamit plays Ruscittis mother and also works at the bank.

The entire cast bring an insane amount of energy to this production from the very start and thanks to some very clever script writing, everything works perfectly. The set, use of lighting, the vocal abilities of the cast are all just perfect. The jokes are continual in this production with one such joke for Robin Fourboys going on for several minutes requiring expert precision and timing. I looked around the audience and every single face was laughing .

For a small theatre such as the Criterion which in itself is beautiful and the apparent small space they have to work with, the visual perception in this show is astounding. Even the set can be seen expanding on stage in front of your eyes – all very clever. I wont spoil anything for you, but it really is a show that needs to be seen. The entire cast are outstanding and it was a flawless performance – Zamits vocals really shone and it was great to see her involved with this performance than rer previous role in The Play That Goes Wrong. Perfectly cast.

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery was an absolute joy to watch and despite about having some initial reservations about the storyline and how this could work – it really did work perfectly well. With the talented cast bringing a very fresh, innovative and new style of performance to the West End – this is a show that I can see winning many awards. If you love laughing – this show is for you!

The show is booking until April 2017.



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