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?
The play premiered at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End on 31 March 2016, with an official opening night on 21 April 2016, marking the third production by Mischief Theatre to open in the West End following The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (with all three running simultaneously during the Christmas 2016 season).
A French adaptation of the play titled Le Gros Diamant du Prince Ludwig (translated as The Big Diamond of Prince Ludwig) opened at Theatre du Gymnase in Paris from 15 June to 31 August 2017. The adaptation was translated by Miren Pradier and Gwen Aduh (who also directed) and won the Molière Award for Best Comedy 2018.
The play began a UK tour from August 2018 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre running through until May 2019.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery stole its last diamond in London on 15th March 2020 at the Criterion Theatre.
The Mischief West End production of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields was produced by Kenny Wax and Stage Presence at the Criterion Theatre, London and created by Mark Bell & Mischief Theatre (Direction), David Farley (Set Design), Roberto Surace (Costume Design), David Howe (Lighting), Joey Hickman (Musical Arrangements) and Jon Fiber (Sound Design).