Theatre company Mischief has announced that it is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, the place that the producers of The Play That Goes Wrong and Magic Goes Wrong started.
Their three Edinburgh productions for 2022 are Olivier Award-nominated improv show, Mischief Movie Night; a brand new comedy, Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle, and Charlie Russell Aims To Please.
Mischief Movie Night will run at the Pleasance at EICC (Pentland Theatre) from 3 to 28 August 2022, with full cast to be announced.
Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle is a brand new show created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and will run at the Pleasance Courtyard (Beyond), also from 3 to 28 August 2022.
Charlie Russell Aims To Please is the heart-warming new show where Charlie Russell tries to make everyone happy, and will play the Pleasance Courtyard (Below) from 3 to 27 August 2022.
Mischief’s return to Edinburgh marks the company’s first month-long run back at the Festival since they presented The Play That Goes Wrong in 2013. That production has proved to be a huge hit, going on to win an Olivier Award, and rolling out to over 30 countries, including the Duchess Theatre in London where it is the longest running play in the venue’s history, and the longest-running comedy in the West End.
Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer said in a press statement that: “We’re absolutely delighted to be heading back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. The fringe is full of amazing memories for us and to be part of the 75thanniversary with three shows, including new work is incredibly exciting.”
Charlie Russell also said: “I’m thrilled to be able to create new work with Mischief, and to be returning to Edinburgh and sharing with festival audiences who have supported us from the beginning and helped us get to where we are now.”
Mischief was founded in 2008 by a group of acting graduates of LAMDA and began as an improvised comedy group performing annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2009.
More about the shows
CHARLIE RUSSELL AIMS TO PLEASE: Charlie Russell wants to do a show in Edinburgh, but all she can think about is what she wants people to think of it and ultimately, of her. So rather than focusing on what she wants to say, she’s just going to create a show that will please absolutely everyone by trying to hit as many solo fringe show tropes and styles as possible within an hour. That’s doable, right? Charlie Russell is an actor, writer, improviser, and Creative Associate of Mischief Theatre. Charlie is an original creator and cast member of all of Mischief’s work so far, including The Play That Goes Wrong (UK tour/West End/Broadway), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Pleasance/West End/BBC1 adaptation), The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (West End), Groan Ups (West End), Mischief Movie Night (London/UK tour) A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC1), and The Goes Wrong Show (BBC1). Charlie co-produced (as part of Mischief) the Mischief Movie Night (London/UK tour, 2017/2018). In 2019 she produced Piano_Play(Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Her other acting credits include And Then There Were None (BBC1 & Mammoth Screen).
MISCHIEF MOVIE NIGHT: Starring them, directed by you, every show is different with you suggesting a genre, location and title, and Mischief hilariously bring the show to life, complete with rewinds, directors cuts, thrilling live music and DVD extras that will have you howling with laughter. Over 100,000 households tuned in from over 45 countries to watch the live streamed version in lockdown, now see Mischief’s Olivier-nominated improv delight live on stage.
MIND MANGLER: MEMBER OF THE TRAGIC CIRCLE: Mind Mangler returns to the stage at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe following a reasonably good two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b. His new spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind. Performed by Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer.