It would be a crim­i­nal shame to miss this play

Western Mail - - WM3 | COFFEE BREAK - David Owens

THERE’S a clever con­cept at play in the lat­est pro­duc­tion from the mi­das-like Mis­chief Theatre team.

The all-con­quer­ing theatre com­pany who have blazed some­thing of a trail through the­atre­land with the award­win­ning The Play That Goes Wrong and filmic stage treat Mis­chief Movie Night, are also the brains be­hind this lat­est West End hit.

The ploy is sim­ple: pack this crime ca­per so full of gags, ideas and slap­stick that you are duty bound to go and see it a sec­ond or third time to be sure you’ve wit­nessed the full splen­dour of this breath­tak­ing romp in all its glory.

De­scribed as Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers, the ti­tle of the pro­duc­tion is the only clue as to what you can ex­pect as there are so many hi­lar­i­ous twists and comic turns it could leave you with twisted blood – if you weren’t laugh­ing so much.

The story cen­tres around the plot to steal a price­less diamond which has been en­trusted to the city bank, an in­sti­tu­tion so cor­rupt that even the se­cu­rity guards are on the take. Can it be safely stored or will it all go hor­ri­bly wrong?

Set in Mass­a­chu­setts dur­ing the 1950s with a killer sound­track of rock ’n’ roll favourites, you soon learn that noth­ing is as it seems and ev­ery­body in this town has an an­gle.

How­ever, the good news is that by the end of the night you won’t feel at all cheated by a show that hits hard on the gag ra­tio, uses bril­liantly chore­ographed slap­stick and sub­lime cre­ative in­no­va­tion – the scene set above the bank man­ager Mr Free­boys’ of­fice is per­fectly con­structed – to de­liver a pro­duc­tion that will leave you laugh­ing from first minute to last.

It would be wrong to pick out stars from an en­sem­ble cast who are po­etry in comedic mo­tion. De­spite the oft re­peated phrase “ev­ery­body in this town is a crook”, it would be crim­i­nal to miss it.

The Play About A Bank Rob­bery runs un­til to­day. Find out more at www. newthe­atre­

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