‘Its a Steal, It’d be a crime to miss it!’

Courtesy of SEATPLAN we attended the play called The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at The Criterion Theatre.

The synopsis? Self-described on their website as Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

Brought to you by Mischief Theatre, who have brought us The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong the title itself tells us that this should be a funny show. Upon attending I also realised it is the first comedy themed show I have attended.

Running at Two Hours Thirty Minutes including interval I was not let down. The cast play a blinder all the way through with comic timing and lines that will have you laughing. If you love slapstick comedy then this is a show for you. It brings it back to comedy such as the Two Ronnies style demonstrated in a brilliant sketch when searching for the Bank Manager ‘Freeboys’. For other jokes timing was of the essence and acted out perfectly, whether that was hiding under or around the bed to three  ‘Freeboys’ changing in and out of trousers – just hilarious.

From actor Samson Ajewole who plays ‘Cooper’ the blundering prison guard come thief’s sidekick wondering if had done his job to being the getaway driver that cant drive and the genius behind a secret password that no one will ever get, to Holly Sumpton the gorgeous and seductive ‘Caprice Freeboys’ who gets her cheques from anyone she can and love interest to our main man behind the plan to steal the diamond Matt Hunt they all play their roles fantastically well.

When your credit is titled ‘Everyone Else’ you sense that you fill gaps in the casting, however, Chris Leaske brings his characters to life and has a great ability to switch characters even getting his own few moments solo in the second half. He will have you laughing as a dopey security guard, photographer, and three different love interests to ‘Candice Freeboys’ and his multiple personalities in his head.

Sam Monaghan acted by Jack Whittle also stars as the young pickpocket turned maintenance man and thief showing us his comic timing and expression throughout.

The staging was effective and transported us to different locations and a nice touch was the singing by the cast of which helped take the focus off the changing of the set in between scenes of which were great voices especially Jenna Augen!

As its title suggests its The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and a comedy it is for sure. You will be left laughing out loud throughout and left feeling well entertained come the end of the show. A definite visit has to be on the cards – this show is Steal of the Century!

Be a thief and steal the tickets from here now, it would be a crime to miss it! : BOOK HERE