The Comeback

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Booking from 8 December 2020 until 3 January 2021
Running Time: 85 minutes
The Comeback, a hilarious new play from award-winning comedy duo Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen, will play a socially-distanced run at the Noel Coward Theatre this December. 

The Comeback follows two up-and-coming comedic double acts playing mundane warm-up spots in sleepy, seaside towns. One night the duos discover a Hollywood director – played by a celebrity guest at each performance – is in the audience and glimpse an opportunity. What was once mundane turns into farcical mayhem as the comics wrestle for the limelight as they perform the most high-stakes gig of their careers. 

Ashenden and Owen, who use the stage name The Pin, are best known for their eponymous BBC Radio 4 sketch comedy. The Pin premiered in 2015, receiving the Best Comedy trophy at the BBC Radio Awards, following a stint of sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as appearances on BBC Three, Channel 4 and Comedy Central. 

The Comeback is The Pin’s debut play and takes inspiration from classic comedy plays such as Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and the old-school charm of iconic comedy double act, Morecambe and Wise. 

The play will be directed by Emily Burns, who worked with the duo on their 2018 show, Backstage, at Soho Theatre and in Edinburgh. Produced by Sonia Friedman, the production will also include set and costume design by Rosanna Vize; lighting by Prema Mehta; and sound and music by Giles Thomas.

The perfect mix of side-splitting laughs and heart-warming nostalgia, The Comeback is a delightful Christmas treat playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from 8th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021. 

Important information


If you have booked for The Comeback at the Noel Coward Theatre, please note that you will be required to confirm that no members or your party have COVID-19 symptoms. You will receive an eticket, sent to you by the venue before your scheduled performance.

Once in the venue you will be required to wear a face covering. Hand sanitation, temperature testing and track and trace will be in place and staff will be conducting regular deep-cleans of the theatre.

Please note that social distancing will be in place at this venue. In rare cases this may necessitate you being contacted in order to amend your seat details in line with social distancing requirements.

Tier 2 Restrictions: London is currently under Tier 2 - High Level COVID restrictions. By continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Child Friendly?

Age recommendations for The Comeback are TBC.  All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium.

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