About the showThe Play That Goes Wrong is the hilarious, slapstick comedy devised by the ever-successful Mischief Theatre Company. Swiping the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the play has proved a hit with critics and audiences alike, with tours taking place across the world, in the West End and on Broadway. The production plays in the heart of London at the Duchess Theatre.
Taking on the form of a play-within-a-play, this Fawlty Towers-esque comedy sees the ill-fated Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on an ambitious production of a 1920’s murder mystery. But as the title suggests, if something can go wrong, it probably will. Expect moments of slapstick, sets falling down, bad effects, fluffed lines, questionable acting and general theatrical disasters all to hilarious effect as the resourceful cast and crew persevere with the play through all manner of disasters.
Originally premiering at the Old Red Lion in Islington, and at London's Trafalgar Studios 2, as well as in Edinburgh, the show has conquered the globe, with runs in the West End and on Broadway, as well as international tours and runs in Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Directed by Mark Bell and written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, cast members include Lindsey Scott as Annie, Daniel Poyser as Trevor, Jack Baldwin as Chris, Fred Gray as Jonathan, Sydney K. Smith as Dennis, Leonard Cook as Robert, Katy Daghorn as Sandra and George Haynes as Max, as well as understudies Tom Babbage, Jamie Birkett, Sean Carey and Beth Lilly.
From 26 February 2019, a new cast will take over: Kazeem Tosin Amore as Robert, Catherine Dryden as Annie, Jake Curran as Chris, Bobby Hirston as Max, Benjamin McMahon as Dennis, Gabriel Paul as Trevor, Elena Valentine as Sandra and Steven Rostance as Jonathan.
The understudies will be Matthew Howell, David Kristopher Brown, Liam Horrigan, Louisa Sexton and Laura White.
Winner of Best New Comedy at the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards and the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy at the 2015 ceremony, The Play That Goes Wrong won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Set Design. The unmissable production plays at the West End's Duchess Theatre, with further Mischief successes including The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night.
Who Should See It?Fans of Noises Off and Faulty Towers, or anyone who enjoys a good farce, will thoroughly enjoy this comedic masterpiece.
The Play That Goes Wrong is recommended 8+. Under 5s will not be admitted into the venue.