"The funniest show in the West End"
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"Lung-bustingly funny farce has it three ways"
-The Guardian-

"The team behind 'The Play That Goes Wrong' hit the funnybone again"

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About the show

Olivier Award-winning company Mischief Theatre secure their monopoly of the West End, with side-splitting comedy The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, which plays at the Criterion Theatre. Building on the formula that won them the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the company moves from theatrical masterpieces (The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong) to criminal masterminds.

Unfortunately, these criminals have a lot to learn! The Comedy About A Bank Robbery sees eight utterly incompetent would-be diamond thieves as they attempt to outwit a sleepy security guard and dodge obstacles that appear left, right and centre! Following in the footsteps of The Pink Panther and The Ladykillers, Mischief Theatre turn this haphazard tale into perfect chaos, with a blend of slapstick, pranks, and plenty of laugh out loud moments.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The company was first formed in 2008 by LAMDA graduates, and after years of touring the UK and Europe, hit the West End with The Play That Goes Wrong, which later transferred to Broadway, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Critically acclaimed for their productions, which are perfectly crafted with relentless mishaps, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery guarantees giggles for even the most jaded theatre-goer.

Casting for the London production includes Sean Kearns as Robin Freeboys, Mark Hammersley as Warren Slax, Gareth Tempest as Mitch Ruscitti, Sam Fogell as Sam Monaghan, Holly Sumpton as Caprice Freeboys, Tania Mathurin as Ruth Monaghan, Jeremy Lloyd as Officer Shuck, Laurence Pears as Neil Cooper and Chris Leask as Everyone Else. Understudies include Paula Kay, Mike Bodie, Niall Ransome, Jack Whittle and Lydia Fraser.

From 18 December 2018, Julia Frith stars as Caprice Freeboys, Liam Jeavons as Mitch Ruscitti, Jean-Luke Worrell as Warren Slax and Jack Whittle as Sam Monaghan. From 15 January 2019, Gareth Tempest returns as Mitch Ruscitti while Emily Stott takes over as Caprice Freeboys.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery continues to play to packed-out houses at the Criterion Theatre, London.

Who Should See It?

If you love slapstick and comedy that is brimming with fun, then you’re on to a winner with this latest offering from Mischief Theatre. Fans of The Play That Goes Wrong will find this slightly different from past shows!

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is recommended 10+. Under 5's will not be admitted into the venue.

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Playing at

Criterion Theatre
2 Jermyn Street
Seating Plan

Criterion Theatre seating plan

Booking period

31st Mar 2016

16th Dec 2018

3rd Nov 2019

Running time

2 hours and 20 minutes (including interval)


Recommended 10+. No under 5's.