Groan Ups

Groan Ups

4.5 (11) · ComedyNew Writing

From the parents of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG comes a brand-new comedy all about growing up.

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16 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Mischief Theatre are one of the big fairy-tale stories of British Theatre from the last 10 years. Discovered in the Red Lion pub theatre by a West End producer in 2012, they’ve since taken their brand of charming classic slapstick & silliness all over the world. The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery have delighted West End audiences for years and now we have the chance to see two new shows from the Mischief gang. Playing through the Autumn is Groan Ups, the ultimate back-to-school comedy. Then, as we get closer to Christmas, we’ll be treated to Magic Goes Wrong. Fantastic Family Fun.”


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.

Term starts 20 September at the Vaudeville Theatre. This is a lesson not to be skipped!

Age Recommendation: 13+

Critic reviews

Overwhelmed by frantic histrionics and bawling, it felt like being in detention

Evening Standard

The creative team have really proven themselves top of the class


From age six to 30, Mischief Theatre’s engaging band of classmates bicker and play but rarely test the assumption that character is formed in childhood

The Guardian

Though it doesn't fully land, it's a good statement of intent, if not fully matched yet by its content

London Theatre

It's clear that this company are experts at physical comedy. Everything seems timed to perfection and nobody appears to miss a beat

Broadway World

The ever-likable Mischief Theatre's latest stretches them in new if still-unfinished ways

The Arts Desk

Growing pains of the most painfully funny kind

The Telegraph

The folks behind ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ fall flat on their faces with this oft-cringey school-set comedy

Time Out

Mischief Theatre’s funny but messy new show

The Stage

Mischief Theatre is a troupe that knows how to have fun and make people laugh, and there’s nothing wrong with that

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 20 Sep - Sun 1 Dec, 2.30pm, 3pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


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