The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Review

PUBLISHED: 14:31 13 February 2019

Robin Freeboys and Mitch gave Warren a sore head. Picture: Robert Day

Robin Freeboys and Mitch gave Warren a sore head. Picture: Robert Day

Robert Day

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is the latest slapstick laden caper from Mischief Theatre, the award-winning troop behind The Play That Goes Wrong,

The cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery went to church. Picture: Robert DayThe cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery went to church. Picture: Robert Day

But did the heist go off without a hitch at Bristol’s Hippodrome on Tuesday night, now that the writing no longer relies on the production going spectacularly wrong?

No, the heist doesn’t, it’s an utter disaster, a glorious, hilarious, disaster, and I loved every minute of it.

Set in the Summer of 1958, Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond, a gem escaped convict Mitch (Liam Jeavons) is dead set on pocketing with the help of his screwball sidekick Cooper (David Coomber), trickster girlfriend Caprice (Julia Frith), and the maintenance man, Sam (Seán Carey), or was he a Rabi, or a doctor?

The four plan a heist to steal the diamond from under the nose of the bank’s manager, Caprice’s father Robin Freeboys (Damian Lynch).

Caprice Freeways and Mitch. Picture: Robert DayCaprice Freeways and Mitch. Picture: Robert Day

It’s a classic tale of mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas as old as The Lady Killers, told with the same wit, panache, and tone as 1980s film classics The Naked Gun, and Clue,which I would love to see Mischief Theatre’s Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Henry Lewis adapt for the stage.

Highlights include FBI officer Randal Schuck (Killian Macardle) and Sam having a confused conversation as to whether he is Robin Freeboys, Sam hiding from Mitch on Caprice’s broken pull-down bed, and any scene with put-upon bank intern Warren Slax (Jon Trenchard) as he steals the entire show.

David Farley’s incredible set design, which sees the bank open up like a pop-up doll’s house for the best part, is brought to the fore in the show’s vent scene, which pulls off some incredible visual tricks to have the entire scene play out as if the audience were looking down on the banks back room from above.

With incredible staging, stunning set pieces, and spectacular performances by the entire cast The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is one caper you don’t want to miss.

Sam had to hide after unwelcome guest Mitch gatecrashed their evening. Picture: Robert DaySam had to hide after unwelcome guest Mitch gatecrashed their evening. Picture: Robert Day

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery runs till Saturday at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Tickets, priced £13-36.90, are available at www.atgickets.com/bristol or 08448 713012.

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