The Play that Goes Wrong

Booking until 4 May 2025

Buy The Play That Goes Wrong tickets for a side-splitting farce

Wrong has never felt so right in the West End! The Play That Goes Wrong is the ultimate comedy to enjoy if you love theatre and love mayhem. It has it all: a chaotic story, collapsing sets, and it even manages to make “break a leg” sound more like a threat than a good luck charm. Mischief Theatre’s most popular show has been bringing the laughs at the Duchess Theatre for over eight years, and shows no signs of slowing down.

The Play That Goes Wrong is a slapstick farce following the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to stage a perfect 1920s 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 Rolan Bell as Robert, Daniel Cech-Lucas as Chris, Luke Dayhill as Jonathan, Lucy Doyle as Sandra, Gavin Dunn as Trevor, Iona Fraser as Annie, Keith Ramsay as Dennis, and Ross Virgo as Max. Harry Bradley, Elliot Goodhill, Rosie Meek, Hisham Abdel Razek, and Tommi Vicky also feature in the troupe. The show is directed by Mark Bell and designed by Nigel Hook, who ensures every set piece is perfectly placed for the biggest laughs.

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, earning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in the process! Mischief Theatre have since taken over the city, with spin-off Peter Pan Goes Wrong becoming a regular festive favourite at the Apollo Theatre.

Successful past seasons of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre and Groan Ups, also at the Vaudeville have only added to the phenomenal popularity of the company. They have also landed BBC gigs with A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong starring Derek Jacobi and the ongoing The Goes Wrong Show – whatever they come up with next, they will have an audience ready and waiting to be entertained!

Corpses corpsing, sets falling to pieces and backstage antics playing out right in the centre of the stage: The Play That Goes Wrong is a tremendous success that leaves audiences in stitches. Be sure to join the thousands of theatregoers who’ve already seen it with tickets to the show’s open-ended run at the Duchess Theatre.

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 5s are not permitted.