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A reviews round-up for The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre.

Mischief Theatre Company’s most ambitious and surprising show yet, The Comedy about a Bank Robbery has now opened to fantastic reviews at the Criterion Theatre.

The jokes comes thick and fast in this entirely original stage comedy that pays explicit homage to B-movie bank robbery capers. This “lung-bustingly funny”(Guardian), “screw-ball comedy” (Time Out) “will have you on the edge of your seat” (The Stage), in what “is the funniest show in the West End” (The Telegraph).

Here’s a round-up of reviews from The Guardian, Time Out, The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard and The Stage.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery runs until 2 October 2016 at the Criterion Theatre.

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STAR RATING The Times

‘Fast and fabulous comedy caper is a joyful night out’

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STAR RATING The Guardian

“This thrillingly inventive piece about bed-hopping gem thieves is a slapstick delight” “lung-bustingly funny farce has it three ways”

Mark Lawson, The Guardian

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STAR RATING Time Out

“The Comedy About a Bank Robbery’ must rate as the best new comedy to open straight onto the West End in decades.”

“The latest play by the bogglingly prolific and talented team behind ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ and it’s their best and funniest work yet. A genre pastiche, screwball comedy and classic farce that’s as clean and clear as its brassy branding, it spins with a manic energy from Two Ronnies-esque wordplay through surreal set-pieces to slapstick stunts prepped to bring the house down.”

Stewart Pringle, Time Out

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STAR RATING The Daily Telegraph

“Quite simply, this is the funniest show in the West End”

“I dragged myself to The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, with teeth gritted, and emerged with a big, silly, rather sheepish smile on my face. No mincing words: this is the funniest show in town.”

“The jokes, visual and verbal, are piled skyscraper-high. Many are as corny as can be (“When he was arrested what was he charged with?” “Adrenalin”) but there’s such youthful relish to the playing and so much surrounding theatrical invention that even the hoariest gag earns its keep.”

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

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STAR RATING Evening Standard

“an under-funny farce dotted with some decent set pieces that are oddly unconnected to the rest of the action.”

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

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STAR RATING The Stage

“It’s a show that will have you on the edge of your seat: you’ll be rocked by laughter, then held in suspense as they pull off another nail-biting effect.”
Mark Shenton, The Stage

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