“It is anyone’s guess whether theatres will be able to re-open when the current lockdown comes to an end on December 2, but let’s be optimistic and assume that they will. If so, it’s worth thinking about booking for mega producer Sonia Friedman’s first production since the shut-down in March. I very much doubt she’d be dipping her toe into the West End just at the moment unless she thought she had a sure-fire winner. It’s a comedy about two rival comedy duos fighting to get the upper hand during the most high-stakes gig of their careers and it comes from the pens of Ben Ashenden and Alex Own, otherwise known as the comedy outfit, The Pin. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy there will be a surprise celebrity guest each night too.”
A brilliantly original and hilarious new comedy, set to delight all generations this December. This debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen – ‘destined to become one of the great comedy duos’ (Radio Times) – tells the story of two double acts fighting to wrestle control of the most chaotic, farcical and high-stakes gig of their respective careers.
Directed by Emily Burns, it will have audiences doubled over laughing and wiping a tear away at the end with its heart-warming exploration of bittersweet nostalgia and the enduring power of friendship.
This show is a much needed dose of feel-good, dizzying escapism with real emotional heart, and a celebrity guest each night to boot.
Up-and-coming comics Ben and Alex have been booked in the warm-up spot for a beloved but fading double act’s comeback tour. Neither duo are delighted to be playing to a sparse crowd in a sleepy, seaside town, but when it’s revealed that a Hollywood director is in the audience, both acts glimpse a final chance for their big break. Cue sabotage, mistaken identity and full on farcical mayhem, as the performance descends into a desperate battle for the limelight. With the action alternating between offstage and on, and the tone between Noises Off and Morecambe and Wise’s old-school charm, this is a warm-hearted, joyful, and dazzlingly funny new comedy.