Why See The Play That Goes Wrong?
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...
Previews from: 5 September 2014
Opening night: 14 September 2014
Suitable for ages 10+
Two hours and five minutess including a 20 minutes interval
And before you stop reading
No Thursday evening performances on 25th September and 2nd October
Cast and Creative
Katie Bernstein as Annie
Jason Callender as Jonathan
Edward Judge as Robert
Alastair Kirton as Max
Edward Howells as Dennis
Meg Mortell as Sandra
Graeme Rooney as Trevor
Patrick Warner as Chirs
Natasha Culley, Matthew Howell, Helana Muir and James Watterson.
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
What you thought
2 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)
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