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The Comeback


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The debut play from The Pin's Alexander Owen and Ben Ashenden

A gig opening for fading legends in a sleepy town sounds like the kiss of death for an act on the rise. That’s exactly how up-and-coming comics Ben and Alex view their upcoming warm-up slot for two stars of yesteryear, that is until they discover that a Hollywood director is going to be in the audience.

All of a sudden, a dreary gig for a disinterested audience could be their ticket to stardom. Sabotage abounds, identities are mistaken and the whole affair threatens to descend into mayhem most farcical, as the fame-hungry duo desperately try to make the most of their big break.

The Comeback is the debut play from Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen, better known as serial award-winners The Pin, tipped by the Radio Times to become “one of the great comedy duos” and a source of much lockdown mirth with their surreal take on WFH. It opens at the Noël Coward Theatre in December 2020, directed by Emily Burns, who previously directed Owen and Ashenden in Backstage at the Soho Theatre and the Pleasance Edinburgh.

The Guardian called The Comeback “a bulletproof nugget of comic theatre” and the Evening Standard said it “will simply make you laugh your socks off”.