The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong tickets
Mischief Theatre's Olivier Award-winning farce The Play That Goes Wrong continues to entertain audiences at the Duchess Theatre London. Following the ill-fated Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to stage a classic 1920's murder mystery, The Play That Goes Wrong is the hilarious comedy that keeps audiences cracking up for days! Mischief Theatre have since taken over the city, with Peter Pan Goes Wrong becoming a regular festive favourite at the Apollo Theatre, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery enjoying a three year run at the Criterion Theatre, and a recent season of new work at the Vaudeville Theatre, featuring Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong.
Booking until 4 May 2025

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:+44 (0) 330 333 4810
Access Booking:+44 (0) 330 333 4815
Group Booking:0330 333 4817
Stage Door:020 7632 9600


London's Duchess Theatre first opened in 1929 with a production of Hubert Griffith's Tunnel Trench. With a long history of dramas to its name, the venue is one of the most prolific on the West End. In 1930, the Duchess Theatre became a record-holder for the shortest West End run in history when The Intimate Revue closed before the curtain had fallen on its first performance!

Throughout the early 1900's, the venue hosted a variety of mysteries and thrillers, including J B Priestley's Laburnum Grove (1933) and Eden End (1934), which saw Priestley become a theatre manager. Further notable productions included Cornelius (1935), T S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral (1936) and The Linden Tree (1947) as well as a hugely successful 1,997 performances of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (1942).

From the 1950's, the theatre began to host works from playwrights such as Terence Rattigan, Agatha Christie and Harold Pinter, with productions including The Deep Blue Sea (1952), The Unexpected Guest (1958) and The Caretaker (1960), which starred Alan Bates and Donald Pleasance. Long-runners at the venue have included shows such as Tom Eyen’s The Dirtiest Show In Town (1971), which ran for nearly 800 performances, Oh! Calcutta! (1974-1980) and Don’t Dress for Dinner (1992-1997).

Despite being known for housing dramas and plays, the Duchess Theatre has also dabbled in musicals such as Dames at Sea (1969), Snoopy!!! The Musical (1984) and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (2007).

Entering the 21st century, productions have included The Pitmen Painters, Written on the Heart, The Hurly Burly Show and Our Boys (2012), which starred Arthur Darvill, Laurence Fox and Matthew Lewis. 2013 saw shows such as Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, starring Alex Jennings, as well as Fences and Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

In 2014, Kathleen Turner starred in a European premiere of Bakersfield Mist, which ended after a few months at the theatre. Mischief Theatre's comedy The Play That Goes Wrong replaced the production, and continues to wow audiences to this day.

Jack Holden's new play Cruise premiered when the theatre reopened in May 2021, following a period of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Play That Goes Wrong returned in June.

Past Shows

(closed 13 Jun 2021)
Bakersfield Mist
Bakersfield Mist
(closed 9 Aug 2014)

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
(closed 7 Dec 2013)
(closed 14 Sep 2013)