The Play That Goes Wrong

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Booking from 19 November 2020 until 2 May 2021
Running Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
***Performances of The Play That Goes Wrong will resume in November 2020 in a socially-distanced auditorium.***

Created by Mischief Theatre Company, The Play That Goes Wrong first began at a fringe venue in Walthamstow. Since then, the fantastic farce has gone on to dominate London's West End, entertaining audiences at the Duchess Theatre and earning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in the process! Mischief Theatre have since taken over the city, with Peter Pan Goes Wrong becoming a regular festive favourite at the Apollo Theatre, and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery stealing the hearts of audiences at the Criterion Theatre.

The Play That Goes Wrong is a slapstick farce following the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to stage a perfect 1920's murder mystery. However, as the show goes on, things do not go quite to plan! Expect cast disputes, accidents, a set with a mind of its own, costume malfunctions and many many more disasters that result in audience hysterics! As they say in the business, "the show must go on"... But just how much can the disastrous Cornley Drama Society survive before the curtain call?

Described as “Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off”, The Play That Goes Wrong was devised by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, who also starred in the production when it first opened, alongside Greg Tannahill, Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn, Nancy Wallinger and Rob Falconer.

Now, The Play That Goes Wrong stars David Kirkbride as Robert, Ross Green as Chris, Ciara Morris as Annie, Milo Clarke as Max, Michael Keane as Dennis, Blayar Ben as Trevor, Elan James as Jonathan, and Ellie Morris as Sandra. Antonia Saleb, Jack Michael Stacey, Oliver Clayton, Tom Bulpett and Leah Penston also feature in the troupe.

Directed by Mark Bell and designed by Nigel HookThe Play That Goes Wrong is a tremendous success that leaves audiences in stitches. Be sure to catch the comedy, which continues at the Duchess Theatre London.

Important information


If you have booked for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, please note that 48 hours before the performance you will receive a pre-visit email from the venue including a link to check-in. You will be required to confirm that no members or your party have COVID-19 symptoms. After check-in your eticket will be sent to you by the venue within 24 hours.

Once in the venue you will be required to wear a face covering. Hand sanitation, temperature testing and track and trace will be in place and staff will be conducting regular deep-cleans of the theatre.

Please note that social distancing will be in place at this venue. In rare cases this may necessitate you being contacted in order to amend your seat details in line with social distancing requirements.

Tier 2 Restrictions: London is currently under Tier 2 - High Level COVID restrictions. By continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Child Friendly?

The Play That Goes Wrong is very suitable for children aged 8 and above, who will enjoy the fun farcical nature of the show. Under 5's are not permitted.

Seating Tips

Click here for the Duchess Theatre seating chart and seat price guide.