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The Play That Goes Wrong extends

First Published 20 October 2014, Last Updated 20 October 2014

Hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong must, in fact, be doing an awful lot right. The hilarious farce has proved so popular that it has extended its run at the Duchess Theatre to 6 September 2015.

It had previously been booking until 1 February.

A scintillating evening of slapstick silliness, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the fortunes of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as it attempts to stage a 1920s murder mystery. As the title might suggest this is not as easy as it seems. Everything that could go wrong, does, with guffaw-inducing consequences.

The show, which has now been seen by more than 100,000 theatregoers across the UK, started life at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, embarking on a national tour and returning to London at its current home earlier this autumn.

Speaking about the show, producer Kenny Wax said: “Our perverse (and reverse) marketing campaign has, in true goes wrong spirit, done everything it possibly can to dissuade people from coming to see the show. The tactic has not worked at all. We ran adverts telling people to ‘save their money and don’t come’ and another with ‘premium seats at the exorbitant price of £3950’.We even ran a strapline on a number of ads reminding people that the production starred ‘no one famous’. I think the only way to keep people away would be to cancel the production altogether – which is not going to be possible because of the extension to September 2015.”

Fans of The Play That Goes Wrong’s funnybone-tickling farce should also keep their eyes out for a new production in the offing. Peter Pan Goes Wrong begins a UK tour next month.

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