Mischief Theatre will return to the West End with Mischief Movie Night this Christmas

Mischief Theatre, the award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, today announce their return to the West End with Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage, which will play for a strictly limited season at the Arts Theatre from 13 December 2017.

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.

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. Their other production The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is currently at the Criterion Theatre. The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.



Review: “A hilarious display of stage wizardry and slapstick showmanship”★★★★ The Play That Goes Wrong, Exeter Northcott

Anyone who has been involved in live theatre knows the thrill. The excitement that at any given point something could wrong and that each time you set foot on the stage it’s as if you are stepping over the precipice. Mischief Theatre has made an art form of the impeding misadventure, which befalls those who embark on making theatre.

Their first foray into the world of disaster performance The Play That Goes Wrong has gained a plethora of plaudits and recently received a Broadway Transfer. The production, which is still packing them in at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End is also enjoying a hugely popular nationwide tour and is delivering buckets full of hilarity to the Exeter Northcott Theatre this week.

We are called to witness Cornley Polytechnic Drama Club’s attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery entitled Murder at Haversham Hall. As you can gauge from the title of the production, everything does not go to plan and with a catalogue of mishaps and misdemeanors the show erupts into a hilarious display of stage wizardry and slapstick showmanship.

The panic felt by a company when a production doesn’t go to plan is perfectly illustrated with pregnant pauses and terrified faces from the excellent ensemble cast, who expertly deliver an intricate team performance. Alastair Kirton as Cecil, and Katie Bernstein as a very willing stagehand really stand out, but the interplay between all of the cast members is first-rate.

Nigel Hook’s astonishingly adept set design provides the platform for some heart stopping spoofs and the ingenious detail on each prop makes even the smallest mishap become a hilarious scene-stealer.

The continuous fast paced and silly physical comedy may not tickle everyone’s funny bone, but for those who like their slapstick in large helpings, this is a must see.

The Play That Goes Wrong at Exeter Northcott Theatre until 20 May