The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre tickets
The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong tickets from £23.50

Tickets from £23.50

Overview

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, this is one of the hottest comedy tickets in town.

Recommended for

If you love a good farce and enjoyed Noises Off or Jeeves and Wooster then you will adore this show. Please note, tickets for this production is recommended for ages 8+.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes including a 20 minute interval
Opened: 03 Sep 2014
Press night: 14 Sep 2014
Booking from: 23 Nov 2017
Booking until: 30 Sep 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Saturday 25 Nov 20172:30pm7:30pm
Sunday 26 Nov 20173:00pm7:00pm
Tuesday 28 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Wednesday 29 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Thursday 30 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Friday 01 Dec 2017--7:30pm
Saturday 02 Dec 20172:30pm--

Location and map

Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5LA

190 Reviews Add review

Had me in tears laughing the whole time!!!! This play is pure genius, so creative and unlike anything I have ever seen before, the... More

NoahG 5'7, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Had me in tears laughing the whole time!!!! This play is pure genius, so creative and unlike anything I have ever seen before, the entire audience was laughing all night. Definitely recommend this show to anyone who likes a laugh, as I'm sure you'll love it instantly!!! Also get there early, because before the show starts there is some hilarious audience interaction and improv.

NoahG 5'7, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love this show! I have seen it twice now and the first time I saw it I was quite high up in the Dress Circle. I wanted to be clo... More

alisonreneti 5'3, 39 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I love this show! I have seen it twice now and the first time I saw it I was quite high up in the Dress Circle. I wanted to be closer to the stage so booked seats in the stalls. The play is SO funny and the acting and timing is impeccable. Thoroughly recommend anyone to go and see it!

alisonreneti 5'3, 39 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I honestly couldn't contain myself with laughter! The best comedy I've ever seen! Last year, during Christmas I saw on TV Peter Pa... More

tamiressouza-cichorz 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I honestly couldn't contain myself with laughter! The best comedy I've ever seen! Last year, during Christmas I saw on TV Peter Pan Goes Wrong and I absolutely loved it (considering me and my husband discarded the possibility of watching it when we were down in London looking for a play to watch... really regretted not watching it live). So we thought we HAD to watch this one live and oh boy, what a great thing we did. Definitely would watch again! I've heard some people say it's very slappish, but all I know it was laugh out loud big time for me. You've got to watch it!

tamiressouza-cichorz 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

One of the best shows I've seen in a long time! Laughed for 2 hours straight! Acting was so good as it was made to look amateuri... More

thomasallen 6', 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

One of the best shows I've seen in a long time! Laughed for 2 hours straight! Acting was so good as it was made to look amateurish. Characters are hilarious and some of the improvised bits were the best. Audience participation tolerated which added something. Set design was impressive - so well made and so many aspects to it (trying to not give too much away!). The cast are all from the same theatre company and all look like they care, and are all very funny in their own right. Would recommend it any day!

thomasallen 6', 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was hilarious! Laugh out loud funny and the cast were fantastic at interacting with the audience as we entered. Everythin... More

leannewood 5"8, 11 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show was hilarious! Laugh out loud funny and the cast were fantastic at interacting with the audience as we entered. Everything was performed brilliantly with perfect timing for the farce.

leannewood 5"8, 11 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Hilarious show, with fantastic (terrible acting) acting that makes your stomach hurt by the time you get home. Definitely worth a ... More

rhiannontempleman 172cm, 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hilarious show, with fantastic (terrible acting) acting that makes your stomach hurt by the time you get home. Definitely worth a watch.

rhiannontempleman 172cm, 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved this show. The company, the production, the staging just everything is so well presented and put together. Its a laugh a m... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I loved this show. The company, the production, the staging just everything is so well presented and put together. Its a laugh a minute and whilst some things are a little predictable it didn't make me laugh any less. This is a play that is fit for anyone of any age. I also think it would be a great show to take someone who is maybe not sure if they like theatre. Its a play to enjoy and have a great time seeing!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Great slapstick comedy. Very funny family friendly show.

Tabby22 5"9, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great slapstick comedy. Very funny family friendly show.

Tabby22 5"9, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show which was full of laughs. Before we went I thought it might be a bit cheesy, as I knew it was meant to be a kind of ... More

sldh 3 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Amazing show which was full of laughs. Before we went I thought it might be a bit cheesy, as I knew it was meant to be a kind of slapstick style, however, it was done very well and the entire auditorium was basically in hysterics at some points. The first half was definitely better than the second, however, that doesn't mean the second half wasn't good - in fact there were some pretty amazing physical jokes near the end that we were gasping at. All in all, I would definitely recommend it, although don't expect to be able to explain it very well to people the next day, it's very much something you have to see to understand!

sldh 3 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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