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Ended 10 Sep 2017 after 3 years

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2015 Olivier Winner

2015 Olivier Winner

Immaculately staged... roused even a staid matinee audience to hysterics

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Closed 10 Sep 2017

the worldwide phenomenon

Scripted by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play that Goes Wrong is an uproarious hour of slapstick humour, blubbered mis-pronunciations and perfectly timed sight gags, revolving around an amateur theatre production that's seemingly doomed to failure despite (or maybe because of) the cast's best efforts.

The show originally landed in London at Trafalgar Studio 2, where it was heralded by Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer as the funniest thing he'd seen since Noises Off! Those responsible, Mischief Theatre (formerly known as The Scat Pack), are a comedy theatre company first formed in 2008 by a group of graduates and students of The London Academy of Music & Art. Since their debut work in 2008, these talented imps have staged productions all over the UK and in Europe.

What's The Play That Goes Wrong About?

After benefiting from a large and sudden inheritance, the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery play in the West End. But as the hopeless thesps discover to their horror, everything that could go pear-shaped, does, with hilarious consequences. Corpses that can't lie still, props which disappear and reappear at the wrong time and a set that is literally falling apart will all ring true to any amateur performers out there (although hopefully, not quite to this degree). Couple all this with a Butler whose talent for garbling simple phrases is rivalled only by Fawlty Towers' Manuel and you have a production which probably won't be up for any Olivier Awards anytime soon...

Additional Information


Previews from: 5 September 2014

Opening night: 14 September 2014

Closing night: 10 September 2017


Suitable for ages 10+

Run time

Two hours and five minutess including a 20 minutes interval

Show times


And before you stop reading

No Thursday evening performances on 25th September and 2nd October

What You Say

2 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

Jools: “Just The Most Hilarious Thing I've Ever Seen!”

If you like to laugh your socks off, this is a most worthwhile way to spend... more

Linda Couper: “Just Great Fun”

Great way to spend an evening, full of laughs and a great cast. Highly rec... more

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