Mischief Theatre launches Vaudeville Theatre residency with Groan-Ups premiere

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, will take over London’s Vaudeville theatre with a season of new work from September.

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

Mischief will present three new productions at the Vaudeville theatre during their residency, which will end in August 2020.

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.”

Kenny Wax, producer of Groan Ups and The Play That Goes Wrong, said: “The meteoric rise of this extraordinarily talented group of writers and actors seems to know no bounds.

“In seven years they have graduated from a pub theatre filler slot to a three-play, 12 month residency, at the Vaudeville to sit alongside their two long-running comedies at the Duchess and Criterion, a record breaking run on Broadway and productions currently running on every continent except Antarctica”.

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 return to 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 and Nancy Zamit alongside Bryony Corrigan.

Groan Ups, new comedy all about growing up, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, will run at the Vaudeville theatre from September 20 – December 1.

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