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The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre (Photo Alastair Muir)

Play That Goes Wrong extends again

Published 10 April 2015

Dramatic disasters will continue at the Duchess Theatre into next year after Olivier Award nominated comedy The Play That Goes Wrong announced it has extended its booking period until 14 February 2016.

The recent extension adds to the incredible success that the acclaimed comic caper-filled production has already enjoyed in the capital after starting life at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre in 2013.

Since its London premiere at the pub-based venue, The Play That Goes Wrong has entertained audiences in Whitehall, during its month-long run at the Trafalgar Studio 2, before transferring to the West End where it continued its laughter-inducing spree from March this year.

In the play’s typical quirky and creative style of marketing, which has seen adverts printed upside down and telling people not to come, the show also claims to have put tickets on sale for 14 February 2026, “for those that would like to book ahead”.

Talking about yet another incident of things ‘going wrong’ for the show, producer Kenny Wax said: “It is remarkable that a booking taken accidentally by an intern ‘from The Duchess’ for what she thought was a one-off charity performance for the Duchess of Grantham, has turned into a long running smash hit at the DUCHESS THEATRE in the heart of London’s glittering West End. I have invited the intern to the Olivier Awards. It was the least I could do.”

Created by Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong charts the story of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery. As the title of the play suggests, everything that could go wrong does, “Spectacularly so. Explosively so. Downright bloody hilariously so”, according to Official London Theatre’s Charlotte Marshall.

The physical comedy is one of three shows nominated for the Best New Comedy Award at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard. To find out whether it triumphs over fellow nominees Shakespeare In Love and Handbagged, be sure to follow us on Twitter this Sunday.


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