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Scripted by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play that Goes Wrong is an uproarious hour of slapstick humour, blubbered mispronunciations 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 now dominate the West End with their bonkers productions.
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...
Previews from: 5 September 2014
Opening night: 14 September 2014
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours and five minutess including a 20 minutes interval
Ciara Morris as Annie
Elan James as Jonathan
David Kirkbride as Robert
Milo Clarke as Max
Michael Keane as Dennis
Ellie Morris as Sandra
Blayar Benn as Trevor
Ross Green as Chris
Tom Bulpett, Oliver Clayton, Leah Penston, Antonio Salib and Jack Michael Stacey
Created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shield
Directed by Mark Bell
Design by Nigel Hook
Lighting by Ric Mountjoy
Best New Comedy
2 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)
If you like to laugh your socks off, this is a most worthwhile way to spend... more
Great way to spend an evening, full of laughs and a great cast. Highly... more
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