Reviewed by Linda Curtain
Having previously had the chance to review ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, I was delighted to be able to review this new production by Mischief Theatre – The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
With The Telegraph reporting it as ‘The funniest show in the West End’ I was keen to see if the play lived up to expectation and it certainly did for the Plymouth audience last evening.
The Theatre Royal Plymouth is renowned for staging a wide variety of shows and this is certainly a contrast to the ballet which was there last week! With easy access and parking, the Theatre Royal is an ideal venue for a night out. Situated on a main bus route and with several nearby car parks, the theatre is always well supported and welcoming. Last night’s opening night was very busy with crowds of people of varying ages having pre-show drinks in the bars and foyer cafe.
Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, this play is basically about a precious diamond that has been handed over to the Minneapolis City Bank for safe keeping. While in prison, convict Mitch Ruscitti (played by Liam Jeavons) hatches a plan to rob the bank and steal the diamond. Comedy kicks in right from the start with the prison wardens becoming involved in the plot. Within the bank setting it soon becomes clear that nobody can be trusted and with various twists and turns, the story unfolds with a surprising ending!
The very talented company used the fast-paced dialogue and quick witted humour to full effect with incredibly clear diction. Damian Lynch was brilliant in the role as bank manager Robin Freeboys and luckless bank employee Warren Slax (played by Jon Trenchard) was a wonderfully comedic character. The connection between all the actors was great with everyone playing several roles within the play – their stamina and commitment shone through.
The sets and staging were amazing – everyone was really puzzled how at one stage, the office was sited on the backdrop to give the illusion of looking down into the bank – ingenious! Quick scenery changes were handled well and the swing/soul music along with acapella singing added a good feel to the production. Great choreography and impeccable timing was delivered so well by this incredibly energetic cast.
With comical quick lines and physical slapstick, ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’ has all the components of a great night of fun and laughter.
Well done Mischief Theatre on another outstanding production.
Go along to the Theatre Royal Plymouth this week for a great evening of old fashioned, family friendly comedy.
Tickets cost from £10 to £32.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 2-6 October 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222