Actress Jenny Augen, who won the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Best Supporting Performance for hit comedy Bad Jews, will make her Mischief Theatre debut when she joins the cast of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre this spring.
A new company has been announced for the Olivier Award-nominated comedy ahead of its second birthday in the West End. The new cast starts performances from 27 February, with Augen being joined by Samson Ajewole, Jack Baldwin, Leonard Cook, Matt Douglas-Hunt and Peter McGovern.
Continuing their roles are Samuel Fogell, Holly Sumpton and Chris Leask. The understudies are Jack Whittle, Lydia Fraser, Jean-Luke Worrell, Samuel Thomas and Sarah Gage.
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?
Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is directed by Mark Bell with Nancy Zamit for Mischief Theatre. Also in the creative team are designer David Farley, costume designer Roberto Surace, lighting designer David Howe, associate lighting designer Matt Leventhall, sound designer Jon Fiber for JollyGoodTunes and musical director and arranger Joey Hickman.
Jenna Augen plays Ruth Monaghan. Previous theatre credits include The Knowledge (Charing Cross Theatre), The Witches (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Bad Jews (Arts Theatre, St. James Theatre and Theatre Royal, Bath), The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court Theatre).
Samson Ajewole plays Officer Cooper. Previous theatre credits include Damn Yankees (The Landor Theatre), The Life (English Theatre, Frankfurt) and La Cage Aux Folles (UK tour).
Jack Baldwin plays Officer Shuck. Previous theatre credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Hamlet (Park Theatre), The Time of Your Life (Finborough Theatre), The Sessions (Royal Albert Hall), The Exquisite Corpse (Southwark Playhouse), Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Cockpit Theatre), Dare Me to the Desert (King’s Head Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Shakespeare Conspiracy (Chelsea Theatre), To the Green Fields Beyond, Titus Andronicus (Linbury Studio), Messiah (The Bunker) and 10x10x10 (Pleasance Theatre).
Leonard Cook plays Robin Freeboys. Previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre).
Matt Douglas-Hunt plays Mitch Ruscitti. He made his theatre debut in the Australian and New Zealand touring production of Jersey Boys and has most recently played Nick Massi in the final West End cast of Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Samuel Fogell plays Sam Monaghan. Previous theatre credits include The Donkey Show (Pride Camden) and The Marked (Theatre Temoin).
Chris Leask plays Everyone Else. Previous theatre credits include I Need To Vent (The Vaults Festival), The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre and UK tour), Love Your Soldiers (Sheffield Crucible), Staunch (Arcola Theatre and Theatre503), Just for Fun: Totally Random (Camden People’s Playhouse) and Same Time Next Week (Edinburgh Festival).
Peter McGovern plays Warren Slax. Previous theatre credits include The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre), The Madness of George III (Apollo Theatre and UK tour), Squirrels (Orange Tree), An Inspector Calls, The Shape Of Things, Vincent In Brixton (Theatre by the Lake), The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK tour), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Kes (Liverpool Playhouse and UK tour) and Enjoy (Gielgud Theatre and UK tour).
Holly Sumpton plays Caprice Freeboys. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery marks her professional stage debut.