The changing of the stage sets were clever and the view down in to the vault was very impressive.
The theatre was completed in 1873, with interior work designed by Simpson and Son, and a façade heavily influenced by French Renaissance architecture. Now there's another, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, an hilarious romp featuring their unique brand of madcap humour. They wowed audiences with Peter Pan Goes Wrong. But i am going to the play that went wrong, today so that might change.
Seating. Funniest slapstic ( there is a lot of slapping ) come farce i have ever seen. In 1883 the theatre had to be renovated to meet the Metropolitan Board of Works standards – being situated underground the air supply to the auditorium was not considered satisfactory so the auditorium was reconstructed, the stage was updated and new ventilation shafts were installed. Elements of physical theatre and some great surreal moments. Filed Under: Review Tagged With: Mischief Theatre, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Actor John Heffernan tell us about Swings and Roundabouts, the debut film from theatre makers Libby Brodie and Frances Loy [Read More], When Covid-19 thwarted their plans to make a new show, RashDash looked to the music that has always been at [Read More], Writer, director and performer Sabrina Richmond tells us about her forthcoming show A Black Story, presented as part of Dazed [Read More], Low budget, high gore, and straight to VHS Halloween horror films with a queer gaze from drag sensation Baby Lame [Read More], The Luke Westlake Scholarship, formerly known as the JAM Scholarship, is an award designed to provide an actor with artistic [Read More], Enjoyed what you've read? This work also saw the installation of electricity to the theatre. These are, however, perils of the genre – keeping the audience’s attention as the stage is set for the slapstick carnage of the second half.
Problems arise towards the back, where the Dress Circle overhang affects the view from Row M, and pillars supporting the Dress Circle obstruct the view from here to the back. You can see why this role was originated by Mischief’s Dave Hearn – both excel at a style of clowning where the actor and the audience acknowledge the absurdity of it all.
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Yekkini’s creation is a work of comic genius, and the production is frankly unimaginable without him. Do you love funny?
Now it has been extended until autumn 2017 at the same venue, presented by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.
But the show is utterly stolen by Miles Yekkini as the heist’s literal-minded and dim-witted getaway driver Neil Cooper. March 3, 2017 by Lake Gregory Leave a Comment. There is something decidedly old-fashioned in their farcical mixture of clowning, slapstick and punning. They rocked the West End with The Play That Goes Wrong, which won an Olivier. Non-stop entertainment. Whilst The Comedy About A Bank Robbery abandons the tried-and-tested Goes Wrong formula, that is not to say it is without Mischief’s signature pratfalls and knockabouts.
However, for all these low-tech innovations, this is a visually spectacular show. The front rows of the Stalls offers good views of the stage, though the seating is not raked very steeply.
Steffan Lloyd-Evans shines as shapeshifting Sam Monaghan, and a scene where he struggles to sneak out of a room where his girlfriend and her violent criminal of an ex-boyfriend are rolling around on the bed, by impersonating her father and then the handyman, has to be seen to be believed. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is a comedy play written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre.. The play is directed by Mark Bell, who also staged …
One sequence in which Hammersley and Sean Kearns (as corpulent bank manager Robin Freeboys) hang in birds-eye view on a vertical set sees the company at its most dazzlingly inventive in exhausting the comic possibilities of a visual gag. Time Out says it's "The best new comedy to open straight onto the West End in decades" The Guardian says it's “Thrillingly inventive and lung-bustingly funny". Under new management in 1975 by Charles Wyndham the theatre became known for light comedy, starting with The Great Divorce Case in 1876.
Had us laughing a lot. The Dress Circle has specifically designated ‘restricted view’ seats due to the number of pillars supporting the Upper Circle in Row C. The Upper Circle does not offer much legroom, but due to the lack of balcony at this theatre views are not restricted by pillars or an overhang. http://criterion.theatre-tickets.com/ is not affiliated nor endorsed by any production company or theatre venue. The Criterion Theatre was originally intended as a concert hall, with the space’s function changed during its construction in the early 1870s. Like any farce, this production takes a while to rev its engine and the initial writing feels weaker as a result.
But this move into new territory for the company shifts the focus onto its writing, staging and acting – with somewhat inconsistent results. 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! - See 853 traveller reviews, 144 candid photos, and great deals for London, UK, at Tripadvisor.
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His reaction to dropping explosives accidentally out of the window of a twenty-storey apartment block is worth the entry price alone. Steffan Lloyd-Evans (Sam), Gareth Tempest (Mitch) and Hannah Boyce (Caprice).
Yet this is also new territory for the company – whereas their previous output were parodies of genres (pantomime, murder mystery plays) which gradually unravelled into catastrophe, the genre drawn upon by The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is itself parody.
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If you do not like fast action comedy with endless puns and jokes combined with slapstick and boundless energy then it isn't for you. On the down side the thieves are so hopeless that it isn't a case of what could go wrong, more a case of what could possibly go right. The oldest and first dedicated online London theatre guide, News and tickets for over 250 West End & off-West End shows, Follow us for the latest theatre newsTwitter Facebook Instagram. Their latest smash, opening directly in the West End, is no exception – The Comedy About A Bank Robbery feels the closest we will ever get to a live Naked Gun. Brilliant acting, very clever and witty. Everything he does is without any self-awareness of its stupidity, and he manages to be both entertaining and utterly endearing. The appropriately named Mischief Theatre have been making merry mischief with the West End since 2014 when their fringe-born hit The Play That Goes Wrong transferred to the Duchess, which went on to win last year's Olivier Award for best comedy and is still running, and is now Broadway-bound.Their second show Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which ran at the Apollo last Christmas, was also Olivier nominated. The staging is slickness itself, but also draws inspiration from the Criterion’s previous resident production – Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps – in emulating its irreverent and inventive style.
The script does show evidence of a precise, almost Darwinian craft – the running gags which survive are thankfully those which land the strongest, and these ferment into fruitful comic sequences which force fits of laughter over the course of the two hour runtime. Clever, funny, physical, romp Mischief Theatre, the powerhouse behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, are fast becoming a cultural phenomenon.There is something decidedly old-fashioned in their farcical mixture of clowning, slapstick and punning. Theatre Fan? The glittering star of the show is one absolutely enormous diamond, stashed in a bank vault for safety. Fantastic! (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453, (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109, Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3 mins).
Mischief Theatre, the powerhouse behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, are fast becoming a cultural phenomenon. And eight of the least competent are determined to nick the gem and sell it for a fortune. In one particularly memorable sequence, unfortunate bank clerk Warren Slax (Mark Hammersley) is beaten senseless in a demonstration by his superior in which blunt implement hurts the most. The results are inventive, irreverent and occasionally inconsistent - but I would happily watch this show again and again. The show comes from the pen of Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, all well on their way to becoming living comedy legends. An extended comic confusion between “Robin Freboys” and “robbing three boys” outstays its welcome, and the wit of the script’s wordplay can be inconsistent. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is not without its flaws, but it is as perfect a comedy as you will see in the West End. Great night, cried with laughter, literally! Call it a diamond in the rough. The Criterion was known for housing comic opera in its early years, including works by W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan) and George Grossmith, notably the show Haste to the Wedding, an operatic adaptation of an 1873 play by Gilbert. This is a testament to Mischief’s willingness to continually test and evolve their material – and this knock-on domino effect, where one good gag leads to another, is the foundation of farce. Images are the property of the copyright holders and are used with permission. They launched a competition to find a design for this complex, eventually won by Thomas Verity.