Mischief Theatre Company shows in the West End
Since Mischief Theatre was formed by gradudates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2008, they’ve enjoyed great success with a number of their productions, as well as televised recordings of specials including Peter Pan Goes Wrong. After performing improvised theatre at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, the creatives turned their hand to scripted comedy, receiving their West End premiere just a few years later.
With audience members returning to the West End time and time again to see the company’s latest offering, it’s clear they’ve built up a loyal fanbase. Now with two long-running shows, as well as an upcoming 12-month residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, take a look at the different Mischief Theatre shows currently in London, as well as their newer productions soon to open.
Comedy plays by Mischief Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong
Slick performances matched with comic timing and a few comedic mishaps make for one of the most entertaining shows in the West End, with The Play That Goes Wrong picking up an Olivier Award in 2016 for best new comedy. Set backstage at an amateur show, audiences meet the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society before their annual production; this year it’s Murder at Haversham Manor. Faced with missing props, a crumbling set and a cast going walkabout, you’ll have to book your tickets to see whether the company make it to curtain up.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
A year after their first production, Mischief Theatre grew their West End presence with their second show, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Set in 1958 at a Midwestern American city bank, characters share one motive; they each want to get their hands on the expensive diamond that’s become the bank’s property. From convicts and maintenance men to mixed identities causing chaos in line-ups, nobody can be trusted with looking after the jewel, but who ends with the diamond in their possession? It’s up to you to visit the Criterion Theatre to catch this Olivier Award-nominated show.
Later in the year, Mischief Theatre will bring even more of their raucous energy by the bucket load during their 12-month occupation at the Vaudeville Theatre. Throughout their residency, the company will perform three brand new plays, seeing the original Mischief Theatre company get up to even more tomfoolery on stage.
The first of these shows is Groan Ups, with audiences being transported back to their school days. Wearing their shirts, ties and blazers, the show will look at whether people are the same in adolescence and adulthood. Starring seven of the original company including artistic director Henry Lewis and company director Jonathan Sayer, it’s sure to be full of fun and games. Playing a class of unruly kids to high school teenagers and beyond, you’ll be glad you were never at school with the crazy characters in Groan Ups.
Magic Goes Wrong
Pulling mischief out of the hat from the final few weeks of 2019, Magic Goes Wrong is sure to conjure up an evening of grand illusion. With the help of the legendary duo Penn & Teller, watch the cast try their hand at unbelievable magic tricks, attempting to pull off an incredible show. Set at a charity event, it’s down to the magicians to raise as much money as possible. But, as magical accidents come thick and fast, it’s a wonder how they’ll be able to pull anything out of the hat. See if the cast will be able to deliver an impeccable performance at their latest West End offering, playing from December 2019 and into the new year.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic, the West End smash hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland? Join the company in their Christmas spectacular at Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
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