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The Play That Goes Wrong

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We laughed until the tears ran down our faces

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the worldwide phenomenon

Scripted by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, (otherwise known as the minds behind Mischief Theatre) The Play that Goes Wrong landed in London at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2012, before moving to Trafalgar Studios in 2013, where it was heralded by Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer as the funniest thing he'd seen since Noises Off. After winning Best New Play at the 2015 Olivier Awards, the first of four countrywide tours soon followed, before the show made the jump across the pond in 2017. 

In the years since, TPTGW has served as a cornerstone of the still-growing Mischief Theatre empire, which has gone on to dominate the West End with more bonkers productions, including Magic Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, and Christmas panto send up - Peter Pan Goes Wrong. They've even made the jump to TV, with The Goes Wrong Show debuting on BBC 1 in 2019.

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 attempts 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 that 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 that probably won't be up for any Olivier Awards anytime soon...

More Mischief:

Magic Goes Wrong

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Opening night: 5 September 2014


Suitable for ages 10+

Run time

Two hours and five minutes including a 20 minutes interval


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Blayar Benn as Trevor
Ross Green as Chris
Oliver Clayton as Jonathan 
Michael Keane as Dennis
David Kirkbride as Robert
Jack Michael Stacey as Max
Ciara Morris as Annie
Elena Valetine as Sandra

Rosemarie Akwafo
Sally Cheng
Colin Burnicle
Euan Bennet

From 4th April 

Rolan Bell as Robert 
Daniel Chech-Lucas a Chris
Luke Dayhill as Jonathan 
Lucy Doyle as Sandra 
Gavin Dunn as Trevor 
Iona Fraser as Annie
Keith Ramsay as Dennis 
Ross Virgo as Max 

Harry Bradley, Elliot Goodhill, Rosie Meek, Hisham Abdel Razek and Tommi Vicky 


Created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shield
Directed by Mark Bell
Design by Nigel Hook
Lighting by Ric Mountjoy


2015 Olivier Award wins

Best New Comedy

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8 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

4.5 star rating

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

Ann Cummings : “Funny rib aching hilarious fun ”

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