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The Play That Goes Wrong

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The phenomenally successful The Play That Goes Wrong brings its unique brand of chaotic comedy tale to London’s Duchess Theatre. Read More >

The phenomenally successful The Play That Goes Wrong  brings its unique brand of chaotic comedy tale to London’s Duchess Theatre.

But something must be going very right for the disaster-riddled show, with its riotous escapades winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, now playing in the West End and theatres across the globe.

The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery, similar in ilk to other West End shows. But as the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds, with everything that can go wrong… well, doing just that. Watch out for collapsing sets, forgotten lines, broken fourth walls, absent props and unfortunate injuries aplenty.

Despite the setbacks, the actors struggle bravely to reach the final curtain, in events packed with Keaton-esque slapstick, finely-tuned fast and a wealth of physical comedy. Rib-tickling guaranteed.

The remarkable rags-to-riches story of the production shows no signs of slowing down. Having started its life at a London fringe venue, the Old Red Lion Theatre, with only four paying customers at the first performance, the show first moved to Trafalgar Studios and then on to the Duchess Theatre. It has since played to an audience of over two million.

Having transferred to Broadway in early 2017, the hit show was playing simultaneously in twelve countries, with foreign language productions in France, Israel and Italy, and claimed a Tony Award in 2017 for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

The comedy was written by original Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the masterminds also behind Olivier Award-nominated comedies Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

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Age Suitability: 8+. i

Advisory Content: Contains loud noises, bangs and crashes.

Minimum age for entry to theatre: 5

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 03/09/2014

Opening Night: 14/09/2014

Booking Until: 27/10/2019

Running time: 2h05, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Annie - Katie Bernstein

Trevor - Graeme Rooney

Chris - Patrick Warner

Jonathan - Jason Callender

Dennis - Edward Howells

Robert - Edward Judge

Sandra - Meg Mortell

Max - Alastair Kirton

Understudies - Natasha Culley, Matthew Howell, Helana Muir, and James Watterson.



Director - Mark Bell

Producer - Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd

Designer - Nigel Hook

Costume - Roberto Surace

Lighting Designer - Ric Mountjoy

Set Designer - Nigel Hook

Sound - Andy Johnson

Author - Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields

Music By - Rob Falconer


About Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA

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