Less than a week until Mischief Theatre’s brand-new comedy Groan Ups officially opens and we’re loving all the audience buzz on social media. Also on Twitter, we’ve been carefully studying the cast’s back-to-school lessons. Priceless. Time to get booking!
Opening Mischief Theatre’s year-long season of new work at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, Groan Ups runs from 20 September until 1 December 2019, with a press night on 10 October and a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on 17 October.
Are we the same people at 30 as we were at 13? Does school life determine our future? Do we ever grow out of our school crush? Playing an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenagers, through to the aches and pains of adulthood, Groan Ups is all about growing up.
Groan Ups is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward. The cast features Bryony Corrigan (Chemise/Miss Murray), Dave Hearn (Paul), Henry Lewis (Spencer), Charlie Russell (Katie), Jonathan Sayer (Simon), Henry Shields (Archie) and Nancy Zamit (Moon). They are joined by George Haynes, Krystal Dockery and Holly Sumpton.
Groan Ups launches Mischief Theatre’s residency at the Vaudeville Theatre and the company’s programme of new work. The second production, Magic Goes Wrong, created with magic legends Penn & Teller, follows from 14 December 2019.
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. The company’s current London productions are The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, performing at the Duchess Theatre and Criterion Theatre respectively. The company is led by artistic director Henry Lewis and company director Jonathan Sayer.
What might Groan Ups stars Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Charlie Russell and Nancy Zamit tell their younger selves and other students who’ve gone back to school this term? Can you guess who said what from thee priceless school – and life – lessons the company have shared so far?
- “Get a smaller bag”
- “Be funnier”
- “Don’t be afraid of being clever”
- “Be nice to the new kids”
- “Always be curious about stuff”
- “Everyone is out to get you”
Groan Ups runs from 20 September to 1 December 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 0NH, with Monday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Sundays at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets from £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!