This new show written by Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen will play at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 8th December.
The Comeback is the debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen and tells the story of two double act fighting to wrest control of the most chaotic, farcical and high-stakes gig of their respective careers.
Up-and-coming comics Alex and Ben 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.
Directed by Emily Burns, The Comeback will see Ashenden and Owen joined on stage each night by a surprise guest star playing a cameo role – details of which will be revealed at a later date.
Talking about the news, Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen said: “After eight years of lugging props between tiny venues, and 8 months of watching those props gather dust, we feel ridiculously excited and fortunate to be bringing a play to the West End. For it to have been developed with and presented by a producer of Sonia Friedman’s immense standing makes us very proud, and provides ample material for anxiety dreams in which hidden cameras are revealed and words like “prank” shouted. We hope to provide 90 minutes of silliness, escapism, and extremely well dusted props.”
The Comeback will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 8th December until the 3rd January 2021. To book tickets click here or visit: Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, London Theatre Direct.com or Encore Tickets .