Criterion Theatre
2 Jermyn Street
London, SW1Y 4XA
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Opened: 31 Mar 2016
Booking from: 17 Oct 2017
Booking until: 01 Apr 2018
Duration: 2 hours and 20 mins (including interval)

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  • Lethaniel2000 6" male 21 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, 18th May 2017
    Review with spoilers: The show was hilarious, never have I laughed so much at a West End show, The sets and delivery of lines were also superb. In one scene (Spoiler Alert) the characters were in the vents, however they did it so cleverly that the vents were right at the front of the stage and the room in which the vent were located in was on the back wall, still don't quite understand how they did that. It is quite hard to explain but you'll know what i mean if you see the show. There were also ongoing jokes which while worked sometimes didn't work after they hammered them in quite a few times. The play was also quite dark in places (at one point one of the characters was thrown into a fan). Overall I feel that the show is a definite must see, even if you don't like theatre. Spoiler free review: Definitely see this show.
    From the upper circle, the view was amazing. I went as part of Mousetrap's Theatre live 4 £5 programme and the seat only cost £5. Didn't know where I was sitting beforehand but the view was superb. The legroom however was quite poor but I'am 6 foot so that is a common problem anyway. The theatre was also quite warm at times being quite high up but that didn't detract from the overall experience. Definitely recommend if you are on a budget but maybe sit elsewhere if your quite tall.
    C13 Upper Circle - Criterion Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle C13
  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, 5th July 2016
    Another fantastic production from the Mischief Theatre Company. I loved this show, the plot, the actors, the staging, just everything about it! I have never laughed so much at a theatre and neither have I heard an audience laugh so much. I would say that this is a show for everyone and would be a good show to take someone who maybe isn't a huge theatre fan. Its fun, its fast paced and it has a lot of laughs! I would recommend this show!!
    This ticket does come with the warning that this is a slip seat, with a side and restricted view with limited leg room. All that being said I didn't find too many issues with this seat especially for the price. Yes the legroom is tight and the man sat next to me said he was struggling at the interval (he was about 6ft) and the chairs aren't particually comfortable, I felt like mine was tipping me forward. The view however is really not that bad. This seat is the closest to the main dress circle seats. You do have to lean forward but being on the end means that there is no one to obstruct behind you. Once you lean forward I had very little restriction for my view - maybe just the very far stage left - but most of the action is centre stage so I didn't miss anything really. For the price I would sit here again.
    AA3 Dress Circle - Criterion Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle AA3
  • jazzc 2 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, 21st September 2017
    Incredible performances and fantastic set. Very funny; imaginative use of props and physical comedy. The scene in the air duct is ingenious.
    Sat in Stalls C13
    Comfortable seat, legrooom fine but I'm 5'6". My 6'2" son was in C14; very long legs and skinny. He was ok, but probably would have liked to stretch his legs a bit more. Good view for most of the performance, but no rake in these rows so sometimes blocked by the head in front (see photo).
    C13 Stalls - Criterion Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls C13
  • LucyKay 5' 6/7 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, 18th April 2017
    The beginning of the show has a slight panto style to it that I found took me a moment to get into but after that the near constant jokes, puns and humorous 'misunderstandings' can't help but make you laugh. Their use of the whole stage is really impressive and the set utilises every possible bit of space in a spectacular way. Without spoiling the surprise, they turn performance on its head. Which leads onto the performers themselves. The energy from everyone on stage is there from the off and they all give the show 100%.
    Perfectly comfortable seating but I sit cross legged so, despite not being that tall, I did have slight difficulty when uncrossing my legs but no more than most other theatres. Occasionally had to lean a bit to my right to see things happening down stage right however this was in part of the woman in front of me having a large hairstyle. The theatre itself is a bit warm and I had to walk out for a minute at the start of the second act for a breather; being over to the side made it easy to get back to my seat.
    B20 Dress Circle - Criterion Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle B20
The Criterion Theatre is a relatively intimate theatre, offering good views throughout the auditorium. Get tickets towards the front of the Stalls to catch every detail of this haphazard comedy.
Criterion Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Dominating the West End with the spectacularly successful The Play that Goes Wrong selling countless tickets and the recent romp Peter Pan Goes Wrong ending up a runaway hit, Mischief Theatre bring an entirely new chaotic comedy to the West End. Showing at London’s Criterion Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning company present The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, which sees a group of unlikely criminals haphazardly attempt to rob a bank.

Directed by The Play That Goes Wrong’s Mark Bell, the comedy is a typical tale of a heist gone wrong. Diverting from the Cornley Polytechnic Society’s disastrous attempts at staging well-known plays, Mischief Theatre present us with a new style of farce which promises to deliver the same amount of hilarity. Following eight inept criminal masterminds in their efforts to sneakily steal a very large diamond, plenty of mishaps are guaranteed, as the greedy group attempt to take it from under a sleeping security guard’s nose. A perfect blend of pranks, slapstick and side-splitting entertainment, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery promises an abundance of laugh-out-loud moments.

Conceived by and starring Mischief Theatre’s masterful trio Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery features the original members of The Play That Goes Wrong, including Dave Hearn, Charlie Russel, Nancy Wallinger, Chris Leask, Greg Tannahill and Jeremy Lloyd. David Farley designs what is sure to be another highly innovative set, working alongside lighting designer David Howe, costume designer Roberto Surace and sound designer Job Fiber.

Formed in 2008, critically acclaimed Mischief Theatre are notorious for bringing their relentless mishaps to the stage, completely taking over the West End. Their latest production promises some perfectly crafted mistakes that are sure to send the audience into fits of laughter. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery opened at the Criterion Theatre in March, quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.
Fans of The Play That Goes Wrong will absolutely love Mischief Theatre’s latest offering and should not miss out on getting tickets. Those who love slapstick comedy with plenty of panto-esque moments will enjoy this production.

Age Recommendations: Age 11+