Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5LA
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Opened: 03 Sep 2014
Booking from: 24 Jan 2017
Booking until: 10 Sep 2017
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes including a 20 minute interval

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  • joshbirchall 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Play That Goes Wrong, 28th September 2016
    Incredible show - hilarious from start to finish. Brings back the joys and golden age of slapstick and other comedic styles. A must-see!
    The Duchess Theatre is a beautiful, small theatre. The chairs in the box are movable (and affordable), so legroom is not an issue. The only real problem with these seats is the barrier in front of you, but as long as you sit up or lean slightly forward, it isn't too much of an issue.
    Box C1 Dress Circle - Duchess Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle Box C1
  • sldh 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Play That Goes Wrong, 23rd February 2016
    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!
    It was a bit of a squeeze when people wanted to get past to get a programme/go to the bathroom, however, these seats were definitely amazing for the £20 we got them for. We could see the entirety of the stage with the only annoyance being a couple in front of us who leaned forward throughout the show, even though there was no reason for them to do so. There were a few 'bits' in the stalls before the show began, however, these were usually preludes to things happening on stage so we you don't miss much there. In regards to comfort and leg room, it was fine for me (a tall woman) so there shouldn't be much of an issue for anyone really.
  • nataliecarter1 5"4 female 21 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Play That Goes Wrong, 16th November 2016
    Hilarious slap stick show. Comic timing.
    Sat in Stalls M25
    Plenty of leg room and the seats are comfy but there is a restricted view of the left hand side of the stage where a lot of the action takes place.
    M25 Stalls - Duchess Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls M25
  • Chlobosty 5"7 female 9 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Play That Goes Wrong, 17th May 2015
    There was a very good rake on the seats which meant we had an excellent view of the stage. The leg room wasn't amazing but it wasn't painful either. Would definitely consider booking these seats again although, although I imagine anywhere we may have been sitting would still have offered a clear view as the theater is very small.
    D13 Dress Circle - Duchess Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle D13
Sit in the centre of the Dress Circle for the best view of this impressive malfunctioning set.
Duchess Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
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!
Suitable For
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+.