Mischief Theatre – the award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (both still running in the West End) and seasonal hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong – will premiere their latest offering Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage, at the West End’s Arts Theatre for a limited season from 13 December 2017 to 27 January 2018, with several founding members in the company.
Returning to their comedy roots, Mischief Theatre will bring the audiences’ genre, location and title suggestions to life complete with rewinds, fast forwards, directors’ cuts and a live score. The cast includes Josh Elliot as Not Sure, Dave Hearn as Uncertain, Harry Kershaw as No Idea, Henry Lewis as Don’t Know Yet, Ellie Morris as Couldn’t Tell You, Charlie Russell as TBC, Jonathan Sayer as Who Knows and Henry Shields as Guess Who. They will be joined onstage by musicians Chris Ash and Richard Baker.
The hour-long Mischief Movie Night is created by Mischief Theatre, with set designs by Tony award-winning Nigel Hook and lighting by David Howe. Adam Meggido is the improvisation consultant. The evening is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd, Stage Presence Ltd and Mischief Theatre Ltd.
Meanwhile, at the West End’s Criterion Theatre, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has announced a further extension until November 2018 as new faces – some fresh, some familiar – join the company.
From November 29, stealing their role full time will be Samuel Fogell and Holly Sumpton who previously understudied for lovebirds (or is it jailbirds?) Sam Monaghan and Caprice Freeboys. Stepping into the standard issue shoes of Officers Cooper and Shuck will be fresh face Laurence Pears and familiar face Jeremy Lloyd, reprising his role from the original cast and having previously played Everyone Else, now to be played by original cast member Chris Leask, also reprising his role. Completing the cast will be understudies Jack Whittle and Lydia Fraser.
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?
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. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. This Christmas Mischief Theatre will have three shows running in the West End. Their Olivier and Tony Award- winning production of The Play That Goes Wrong is currently at the Duchess Theatre and running on Broadway; it will also complete a UK tour from January 2018. The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.