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Mischief Theatre announces year long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre

Groan Ups

Season preview

MISCHIEF Theatre, the Olivier award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, is taking over the Vaudeville Theatre with a season of new work from September 2019.

Opening with comedy Groan Ups, the original Mischief company reunite to bring their unique inventive hilarity to the West End.

Mischief Theatre will present three new productions at the Vaudeville theatre during their residency, which will end in August 2020. Tickets for Groan Ups will go on public sale on Monday, January 28 or can be purchased now via www.nimaxtheatres.com/ and mischieftheatre.co.uk/.

Further productions will be announced in due course.

Henry Lewis, Artistic Director of Mischief Theatre, and Jonathan Sayer, Company Director of Mischief Theatre, said:

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have been invited by Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres to take over the Vaudeville Theatre for an entire year. They took a leap of faith with us back in 2014 by putting The Play That Goes Wrong on in the West End so we just hope we can do them proud! Mischief Theatre is incredibly grateful for this amazing opportunity and now we can make sure the laughs continue for audiences.”

Nica Burns, co-founder of Nimax Theatres, said:

“In 2016, Mischief Theatre had three comedies running at the same time in the West End: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess, Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion. Mischief’s three writers, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, were all under 30. An extraordinary achievement and probably a world record.

“We jumped at the chance to partner with Mischief and their producers Kenny Wax and Stage Presence to present a truly record breaking three brand new comedies in one year at the Vaudeville. From New York to Christchurch and many cities in between, audiences have been falling over with laughter at Mischief’s antics. In fact, the seats at the Duchess have been rocked with so much laughter in the last five years that we are replacing them!’

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, Groan Ups runs from October 10 (previews from September 20) to December 1, 2019.

A brand-new comedy all about growing up, Groan Ups asks: 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, the original Mischief company are back in the West End with their first new play since 2016.

The cast includes original company members Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Nancy Zamit alongside Bryony Corrigan.

Groans Ups is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.

Groans Ups is recommended for ages 13+.

Sam Shepard’s True West, starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn, continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until February 23. It will be followed – from March 8 to June 15, 2019 – by Emilia.