The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Bristol Hippodrome Review

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Review:

Bristol Hippodrome Stalls auditorium
View from R row, right hand side of Stalls.

Bristol Hippodrome
12/02/2019 at 19.30pm

Literal humour, slapstick action and farcical situations, makes The Comedy About A Bank Robbery a very funny night out.

It comes from Mischief Theatre, the same team behind the hit show The Play That Goes Wrong.

The set up for Bank Robbery is somewhat different. Whereas previous plays have relied on deliberately shoddy sets, am-dram acting and hapless production, Bank Robbery is an Airplane styled premise, based on the story of a bunch of hapless crooks cocking up a bank robbery.

The 50’s storyline plays on Hollywood movie references with plenty of verbal and visual gags, a bed that won’t behave and anthropomorphised seagulls.

The first act takes a while to set up but the payoff is worth it. There are genuinely hysterical moments throughout this play which will have you gasping for oxygen.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Bristol Hippodrome

After the initial opening scene, it’s a slow burner to begin, but once it hits its frenetic pace, the laughs keep coming. It’s one of those shows that would spoil should you read too many details in advance.

Great moments in theatre-going comes when audiences react as one. There was a collective audible gasp at once point during the bank robbery when the set alters the audience’s perspective. Much like The Play That Goes Wrong, you wonder how far they will take it. As far as it is possible to do so is the answer.

This is another Slick Disaster from Mischief Theatre, which in this creative team’s world is a euphemism for Great Success.

It’s at The Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 16 February 2019.

Last night’s cast included: Liam Jeavons as Mitch Ruscitti, David Coomber as Neil Cooper, Ashley Tucker as Ruth Monaghan, Killian Macardle as Officer Randal Shuck, Jon Trenchard as Warren Slax, Damian Lynch as Robin Freeboys, Julia Frith as Caprice Freeboys and Tom Hopcroft as Sam Monaghan.

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