The Play That Goes Wrong Makes Mischief At London’s Duchess Theatre

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Mischief Theatre’s smash-hit, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently raising laughs at London’s Duchess Theatre.

Originally premiering at the Old Red Lion, the hilarious farce takes the form of a play-within-a-play, following the hopeless Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they 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.

Entertainment South Wales reviewer Rachel Howells described The Play That Goes Wrong which played Cardiff’s New Theatre in 2018, “Buoyed up by the excellent show,the audience were buzzing when they left due to their non-stop laughing.”

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

The Play That Goes Wrong is currently booking until May 2, 2021. Recommended for ages 8+, the current Duchess Theatre, London casting includes Ciara Morris as Annie, Blayar Benn as Trevor, Ross Green as Chris, Elan James as Jonathan, Michael Keane as Dennis, David Kirkbride as Robert, Ellie Morris as Sandra and Milo Clarke as Max.

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