The first show in the Mischief Theatre’s year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, Groan Ups is a brand-new play which looks at how people grow up. Are we the same at 30 as we were at 13? Seeing if schools determine our future, join the cast of Groan Ups as they go through the painstaking troubles of adolescence into adulthood.

Groan Ups is the first of three productions to play in the Vaudeville Theatre as part of their residency. The other two productions in the season will be the new show Magic Goes Wrong, developed with world-renowned magicians Penn and Teller, and another yet to be announced production.

It will also be the first time the original Mischief Theatre company of Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis will perform in the West End since 2016, when their play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery opened at the Criterion Theatre.


2 hours 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval 

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Access Information

For Accessibility information please contact 0330 333 4815

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking.

Suitable For Children

Ages 13+

All patrons under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

Where Do I Go

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH


Public Transportation

Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo lines) Embankment (District, Circle lines)


Bus Routes

1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188


4.7(29 reviews)
  • Steve

    Nov 25, 2019

    Groan Ups is a fine offering from the Mischief Theatre Company. Not as laugh-a-minute as some of the group's other work, the play tracks the growth of a group of friends from their early school years through to a reunion in adult life. Excellent stagecraft and some brilliant visual gags complement stories of (partly) unfulfilled lives and opportunities missed. A mix of pathos and painful teenage angst set alongside some well-observed 'rom-com' farcical humour. A wonderful pick-me-up experience.

  • CP

    Nov 23, 2019

    Excellent production, humorous but with serious undertone but very entertaining

  • CW22

    Nov 21, 2019

    What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The music is from my era so from the minute I walked in I knew it was going to be good, and it didn’t disappoint. Easy watching with talented performers playing the same character across 3 age groups. Face paced and poignant in moments. Would recommend it for an easy entertains watch.

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