Reviewed by Jan Dixon
What a unique experience of laugh-out-loud excellent comic timing! I had the great pleasure of attending the opening night of the smash hit West End comedy ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’, from the creators of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth.
This was a fast and furious comedy by Mischief Theatre, set in a Minneapolis City Bank in 1958, which was entrusted with a priceless diamond. Characters including escaped convicts, police, bank staff and scheming girlfriends all provided a rich source of plots involving mistaken identities, love triangles and farcical interactions. Ultimately the theft of the diamond is the main focus for everyone.
The cast of 12 actors were amazing; each quickly establishing a strong rapport with the audience. A warm, funny, clever and innovative play – unique in its very being! Cast members also moved the scenery effortlessly, creating a variety of backdrops to enhance the many scenes for the storyline. A strong female vocalist provided links between scenes, adding to the storyline. Recurring themes ran throughout – involving seagulls, moustaches and missing trousers – using a pantomime familiarity to brilliant effect. Be prepared to be amazed by the physicality of the performances – acrobatics and dexterity were used with great skill. A stand-out scene involved a truly inventive ‘climbing wall’ three-dimensional vision of a bank room – excellent! Slapstick at its best; with exquisite comic timing.
Very highly recommended play – enthusiastically received by the Kings Theatre audience. If you get the chance, do go and see it locally while you can; it runs until Saturday 1st December 2018. Definitely worth a 5 star rating.
The Kings Theatre Southsea was designed by the architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1907. It is operated by the Kings Theatre Trust and was designated a Grade II listed building in 1976. The Kings Theatre is less than 5 miles from the M27 and A27, with several routes through Portsmouth available. It is a 20 minute walk from both the local train stations of Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea. There is limited parking nearby or in Waitrose carpark (restrictions apply).
Tickets cost from £24 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth from 27 November to 1 December 2018, for more information or to book tickets click visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on 023 9282 8282.
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 2QJ | 023 9282 8282