Mischief theatre’s Olivier Award winning comedy has been described as a fusion between Fawlty Towers and The Mousetrap.
This hilarious farce takes the form of a play within a play, as the hopeless Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery with disastrous consequences. After receiving a large inheritance, the Cornely Polytechnic Drama Society set about mounting a particularly ambitious production. Despite their best intentions, as the title of the play suggests, everything that could possibly go wrong does. The performers demonstrate the true meaning of "the show must go on" as they contend with faulty sets, fluffed lines and unconscious cast members in their attempt to bring the play to its thrilling conclusion with hilarious results.
Part of the joy of this show is watching the on stage and off stage worlds collide. The stage manager and the tech guy with a penchant for Duran Duran both play prominent roles.
Young theatre company, Mischief Theatre, formed at LAMDA and have earned their theatre stripes with versions of The Play That Goes Wrong previously seen at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios before receiving this well deserved West End transfer. The show was extended for the transfer and includes a more elaborate and dysfunctional set.
The play is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The show is directed by Mark Bell and also features a set design by Nigel Hook and original music by Rob Falconer.
The show beat off stiff competition to be awarded with the Olivier Award for Best Comedy at the 2015 ceremony. A hit with audiences and critics alike, this production looks set to run and run.
That company have also enjoyed success with a recent touring production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong which in similar style to this show, concerns The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, this time attempting to put on a disastrous production of J.M. Barrie’s family classic.
Guaranteed to give you the giggles!
If you love a good farce and enjoyed Noises Off or Jeeves and Wooster then you will adore this show. Please note this production is recommended for ages 8+.