Julia Frith, Liam Jeavons, Jack Whittle, and Jean-Luke Worrell Join the Cast of THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY

Mischief Theatre today announces new cast members and 2019 extension for the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award nominated The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Due to continued high demand, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery announces an extension of their run until 3 November 2019, as they approach their third year on the West End.

Joining the cast from 18 December 2018 are Julia Frith (Caprice Freeboys), Liam Jeavons (Mitch Ruscitti), Jack Whittle (Sam Monaghan) and Jean-Luke Worrell (Warren Slax).

From 15 January 2019 Gareth Tempest and Emily Stott take over the roles of Mitch Ruscitti and Caprice Freeboys to complete the company.

Continuing their roles are Samson Ajewole (Cooper), Jenna Augen (Ruth Monaghan), Jack Baldwin (Officer Randal Shuck), Leonard Cook (Robin Freeboys) and literally completing the cast is Chris Leask (Everyone Else). The understudies are Ashley Tucker, Charlotte Duffy, George Hannigan, Eddy Westbury, Ross Virgo, Gracie Lai, Rhiann Francis and Kieran Mortell.

Mischief Theatre's smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End!

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?

Book now for this dynamite comedy. It would be criminal to miss it!

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).

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), and Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court Theatre). Her work for television includes Episodes, The Night Watch and Penelope in the Treehouse.

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 (Bunker Theatre) and 10x10x10 (Pleasance Theatre).

Leonard Cook plays Robin Freeboys. Previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre).

Julia Firth plays Caprice Freeboys. Her theatre credits include Sam Wanamaker Festival (Shakespeare's Globe) and Ties of Blood: The Brontes (Paprika Festival).

Liam Jeavons plays Mitch Ruscitti. His theatre credits include Where You Frum and Accidental Brummie (Birmingham Rep), The 39 Steps (Lyric Theatre), Primetime and Gala Night (The Royal Court).

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 Theatres), Staunch (Arcola Theatre and Theatre503), Just for Fun: Totally Random (Camden People's Playhouse) and Same Time Next Week (Edinburgh Festival).

Emily Stott plays Caprice Freeboys. Her theatre credits include Glitter Punch (VAULT Festival), The Kitchen Sink (Oldham Coliseum), Inside Pussy Riot (Les Enfants Terribles), The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Watermill Theatre), Takeover (The Bunker) and Thirteen (Southwark Playhouse).

Jack Whittle plays Sam Monaghan this marks his professional stage debut.

Jean-Luke Worrell plays Warren Slax. His theatre credits include Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre) and Robinson Crusoe (Chipping Norton Theatre).

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields met at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). All core members of Mischief Theatre, they worked in comedy together for several years before starting out as a writing team. The company's first production was The Play That Goes Wrong (winner - Best New Comedy - Olivier Awards and WhatsOnStage Awards). The show began on the London and Edinburgh fringe before touring the UK. It then opened in the West End in September 2014 where it is still running. It is also playing on Broadway and heading out on a US tour in 2018. Peter Pan Goes Wrong was the trio's second production, opening in November 2014 for a UK tour before a hugely successful West End season in Christmas 2015. Mischief Theatre recently adapted the script of Peter Pan Goes Wrong for the BBC, which was filmed with the original West End cast and broadcast on New Year's Eve 2016. They were invited back to wreak more havoc at the BBC in 2017 with A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong on BBC1. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery marks the company's third writing project and earned them another Olivier Nomination.

Kenny Wax Ltd produced the multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, currently in the West End, on Broadway and on a US tour. Kenny Wax's second collaboration with Mischief Theatre, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, played the West End twice and is now touring Australia and New Zealand. Kenny Wax presented the world première of Top Hat, winning three Olivier Awards including 'Best New Musical', with 1995's Once on This Island winning the same award. The new British musical SIX completed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and again at the Arts Theatre in the West End, where it will be returning for an open-ended run in January after a short UK tour. The Company is also renowned for producing some of the best family theatre including We're Going On A Bear Hunt; Tall Stories' The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom; plus the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather. Christmas 2018 will see the opening of a new stage adaptation of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch, co-produced by Royal & Derngate Northampton. Kenny Wax is the current President of the Society of London Theatre.

Directed by Mark Bell with Nancy Zamit for Mischief Theatre; Designer: David Farley Costume Designer: Roberto Surace; Lighting Designer: David Howe Sound Design: Jon Fiber for JollyGoodTunes; Musical Director and Arranger: Joey Hickman; Associate Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward; Resident Director Katie Ann McDonough; Associate Lighting Designer: Matt Leventhall

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