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

Originally premiering at the Old Red Lion, Mischief Theatre’s smash-hit, Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has been described as an unmissable fusion between much-loved slapstick comedy Fawlty Towers and the West End's long-running murder mystery The Mousetrap.

A hilarious farce takes the form of a play-within-a-play, The Play That Goes Wrong sees the hopeless Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery with disastrous consequences. After receiving a large inheritance, the thespian troupe set about mounting a particularly ambitious production for a large audience. But despite their best efforts, 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 an unwavering attempt to bring the play to its thrilling conclusion, with hilarious results.

Hugely successful theatre company Mischief Theatre, who first formed at LAMDA, have earned their theatre stripes with multiple award-winning plays, including The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre and Mischief Movie Night and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Versions of The Play That Goes Wrong have toured the UK and across the world, on Broadway, in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The play is written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The show is directed by Mark Bell and also features a set design by Tony Award-winner Nigel Hook and original music by Rob Falconer.

Cast members include Lindsey Scott as Annie, Daniel Poyser as Trevor, Jack Baldwin as Chris, Fred Gray as Jonathan, Sydney K. Smith as Dennis, Leonard Cook as Robert, Katy Daghorn as Sandra and George Haynes as Max. Understudies include Tom Babbage, Jamie Birkett, Sean Carey and Beth Lilly.

Winning the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to give you the giggles. One of the hottest comedy tickets in town, the production plays at London's Duchess Theatre.

Recommended for

If you love a good farce and enjoyed Noises Off or Jeeves and Wooster, then you will adore this show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 8+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 03 Sep 2014
Press night: 14 Sep 2014
Booking from: 27 May 2018
Booking until: 07 Apr 2019

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Sunday 27 May 20183:00pm7:00pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 30 May 2018--7:30pm
Thursday 31 May 2018--7:30pm
Friday 01 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 02 Jun 20182:30pm7:30pm
Sunday 03 Jun 20183:00pm--

Location and map

Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5LA

245 Reviews Add review

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 4 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 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous show! This is the second time I have seen it and I would happily come back for more. Good, old fashioned slapstick with b... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 50 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Fabulous show! This is the second time I have seen it and I would happily come back for more. Good, old fashioned slapstick with brilliant acting and split second comedic timing with very clever sets. How they all manage to stay alive is quite beyond me! I am chuckling at the memories. It was the first time I have seen this play with the new cast and although they were all outstanding I felt they did not quite capture the comedy the way the original cast did nor the facial expressions and mannerisms which I found so endearing. Go see it though, you'll be in fits!!!

tapwhizz 168cm, 50 reviews, 3 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, 4 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, 4 helpful votes

Really hilarious show! Perfect for the whole family. It's quite literally exactly what the title says.

benhagle 180 cm, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really hilarious show! Perfect for the whole family. It's quite literally exactly what the title says.

benhagle 180 cm, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

jollyblacksmit 175cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

jollyblacksmit 175cm, 28 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

This is one of, if not the best comedy currently running. I've seen it twice and laughed as hard the second time around.

wendyfields 5'6", 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is one of, if not the best comedy currently running. I've seen it twice and laughed as hard the second time around.

wendyfields 5'6", 19 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... 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

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', 18 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', 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes