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The Play That Goes Wrong

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  • Booking until: Sunday, 3 November 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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The Play That Goes Wrong – British comedy on steroids

If you fell about laughing at Basil Fawlty's antics in Fawlty Towers you'll adore this smash hit of a comedy play, back in the West End at the Duchess Theatre after a long and hugely successful UK tour.

The production won the What's on Stage 2014 Best New Comedy award. It's directed by Mark Bell, and designed by Nigel Hook with lighting by Ric Mountjoy, and is presented by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.

The stars of this extremely funny show include the talented Chris Currie, Dave Hearn, Rob Falconer, Henry Lewis and Alys Metcalf, plus Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.

The Play That Goes Wrong - The story

When the accident prone, inept Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society receives an unexpected financial legacy, the amateur group decides to put the windfall to good use. But when they attempt to put on a complicated 1920s murder mystery play, all hell lets loose. Everything that can possibly go wrong does so, to hilarious effect, and audiences find the resulting chaos so funny that the entire theatre ends up in complete, total, happy disarray, night after night.

If you see people streaming out of a West End venue grinning from ear to ear and wiping their eyes, it's probably the Duchess Theatre... and they've probably just seen this play!

Will the players manage to get everything sorted out before the final curtain rises? Come along and find out for yourself. As long as you're prepared to risk your composure, and don't mind completely losing your cool as the relentless funny stuff takes its toll, it's wholly brilliant!

Excellent comedy timing, expert verbal and physical funnies, it's one of the best comedies to hit the stage for sometime. What does the media say? Libby Purves, reviewing the play in The Times, calls it “ridiculously funny”. Janet Street-Porter said she hadn't laughed so much in years. And the play has garnered a host more excellent press reviews.

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  • Booking until:

    Sunday, 3 November 2024

  • Running time:

    2 hours (incl. interval)

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Performance Times
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 15:00 19:00

Next Performances for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

today30th Nov 2023 7:30pm
tomorrow 1st Dec 2023 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 2:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 7:30pm
Sunday 3rd Dec 2023 3:00pm
Sunday 3rd Dec 2023 7:00pm

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The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1833 reviews

What to expect:

  • Recommended for:
  • Anyone (83%)
  • Families (89%)
  • Teenagers (88%)
  • Couples (90%)
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Latest customer reviews

A good laugh, well put together. Timing excellent

Reviewed on 20 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Its an absolute must see. If you havent i more than recommended. Dont wait for an occasion just GO!!!

It was an absolute delight. Full of fun and laughter and definitely interactive with the audience

Reviewed on 12 November 2023 by , Lewisham, United Kingdom

laugh a minute

Reviewed on 11 November 2023 by , Barnet, United Kingdom

A scream from beginning till the end

Reviewed on 11 November 2023 by , Oostende, Belgium

Silly comedy hard to follow the story

Not a good production. Over the top banana skin comedy that made it hard to follow the story behind it. The guy who plays the brother of the bride (funny) was a good actor. He needs to change the play. Seats too squashed. Same opinion shared by the couple next to us.

Reviewed on 09 November 2023 by , Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


This show was excellent. The acting started before the actual show started. The actors were personable, professional, and hilarious. Had so many laughs I would see this show again. Great job!

Reviewed on 05 November 2023 by , San Diego, United States Of America

Good fun

Reviewed on 29 October 2023 by , York, United Kingdom

Rip roaringly hilarious!

We were in stitches from the very beginning right through to the end. The show ranged from being side splittingly funny to gigglesome to cover-your-eyes outrageously hilarious. A laugh a minute is an understatement! The company were brilliant across all comedy fronts.

Reviewed on 27 October 2023 by , Hove, United Kingdom

Need some laughter - this is for you

Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by , Swindon, United Kingdom

A must see

Fantastic comedy! All the actors were incredibly talented. The set design was genius as with the script. Laughter from start to finish. A must to see.

Reviewed on 23 October 2023 by , Kristiansand, Norway

A must see

Amazing performance. My daughter recommended and glad she did. Laughed from start to finish. The team are superb. My fingers are crossed that the tour in Scotland with their next production.

Reviewed on 20 October 2023 by , Cumbernauld, United Kingdom


Excellent funny show! Small theatre but good view of stage. Refreshments in bar and could take them into show. Ice cream available in interval.

Reviewed on 16 October 2023 by , Cardiff, United Kingdom


if you are looking for a good laugh this is the right thing to watch

Reviewed on 16 October 2023 by , Old Bakery Street (triq L-ifran), Malta

Slapstick at its best.

Reviewed on 15 October 2023 by , San Francisco, United States Of America

Hilarious show

Very funny, not laughed like that for a while, brillaint show - lots going on on stage and sometimes didnt know where to look for the best

Reviewed on 12 October 2023 by , Ramsbottom, United Kingdom

Fantastic comedy for all ages

Reviewed on 09 October 2023 by , South Croydon, United Kingdom

A fantastic show, brilliant timing and all round really entertaining

Reviewed on 08 October 2023 by , Caddington, United Kingdom

Classic slapstick comedy gold

Best slapstick seen in hours, laughed all the way through and came out feeling brilliant.

Reviewed on 08 October 2023 by , Aldermaston, United Kingdom

Best laugh ever!

Loved it! Just when you think it can't get anymore absurd...it surpasses all expectations. I had heard from so many people that it was brilliant and they were definitely not wrong. Can't wait to see 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong'in December.

Reviewed on 08 October 2023 by , Needingworth, United Kingdom

Fun fast paced great choreography

Reviewed on 02 October 2023 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Getting It Right For The Play That Goes Wrong

We really enjoyed the play and found it very entertaining. Acting was good. The theatre had a good homely atmosphere so the play was at the correct theatre. I would definitely recommend it to others.

Reviewed on 25 September 2023 by , Woking, United Kingdom

best laugh of my life

Reviewed on 25 September 2023 by , Nadur, Malta

Jamie Muscato once again crazy in love and so am I with this show!

Reviewed on 23 September 2023 by , Stockerau, Austria

A must see

Saw it for the second time, brought friends and kolleges - we all come from Germany-had a really great evening-thanks you so much and go ahead

Reviewed on 22 September 2023 by , Rodenbek, Germany


Lots of gags, some physical and some verbal. Not much to the story but that’s kind of not the point. I found myself chuckling a lot.

Reviewed on 22 September 2023 by , Warren, United States Of America

Super hilarious

The cast made it so much fun with all the interactions the done to the audience. Wasn't sure if I would like it at first but ended up loving it.

Reviewed on 20 September 2023 by , Banbury, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 15 September 2023 by , Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Brilliantly funny!

We're from the Netherlands and wanted to go to a theater show; didn't think it would be so hilariously funny! The timing of all tge the actors was impeccable!!! Just go and see and have a great time.

Reviewed on 13 September 2023 by , Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Silly but worth going - jus what I needed!

I was after relaxing afternoon and it was just that.

Reviewed on 11 September 2023 by , Andover, United Kingdom

Laugh out loud

Fun for all .Panto fun

Reviewed on 10 September 2023 by , South Croydon, United Kingdom

Almost left in the break. Rather basic humor. Not very british at all

Reviewed on 09 September 2023 by , Madrid, France


Reviewed on 09 September 2023 by , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fabulous, very funny, a must see!

Absolutely fantastic, rib tickling, never laughed so much ever. It was fantastic from the word go!

Reviewed on 06 September 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

My second time at Play That Went Wrong

The West End has a long history of well timed farce. The Play That Went Wrong was hysterical. Start to finish, well timed laughs and great fun. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 05 September 2023 by , Hudson, United States Of America

A rollercoaster of a rollicking good romp!

I was treated to a performance of this play, and what a great night out it was. It was funny from the start and got even funnier and more manic throughout the course of the play, until the tour de force ending, which was unexpected and left you wondering how they actually managed to achieve the special effects. It was really was a laugh a minute and deserves the full house and standing ovation from the audience at the end of the play. The Play That Goes Wrong, certainly seemed to go right for those of us in the theatre. Well done to the cast and crew.

Reviewed on 03 September 2023 by , Welling, United Kingdom

Fantastic show which we all loved, crying with laughter from start to finish

This was a Fantastic show which we all loved, crying with laughter from start to finish. Superb slapstick comedy timed to perfection and made to look easy, when obviously very complex. The cast were all superb with the whole audience giving them a three minutes standing applause at the end.

Reviewed on 02 September 2023 by , South Shields, United Kingdom

Play that goes wrong: terrific!

Reviewed on 28 August 2023 by , Amesbury, United States Of America

Light-harded, fun theatrical show

Actors were personable, came out ahead of time and before 2nd half to interact with the audience. Actors were excellent and fit their parts! Great humor and fun for all ages!

Reviewed on 23 August 2023 by , Brentwood, United States Of America

It was great!

A friend of mine recommended this to me, so we went. It was amazing, we laughed the entire time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone else going to London.

Reviewed on 20 August 2023 by , Uitgeest, Netherlands

Hilarious! Creative tricks in a fun story!

The show provided consistent laughs every few seconds with an exceptionally talented cast and elaborate choreography!

Reviewed on 17 August 2023 by , Delta,b.c. V4e 2h8, Canada

The best bread since sliced show

Bought my two boys - who loved it - big fans

Reviewed on 15 August 2023 by , Glossop, United Kingdom

hilarious we laughed from beginning to end

a really good slapstick comedy. there were a lot of children at the show and they were howling with laughter the whole way through, lovely to hear such joy all around. totally entertained from beginning to end. we were 4 adults and thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. take your kids.

Reviewed on 11 August 2023 by , Rotherham, United Kingdom

A verbal, visual and energetic comedy everyone must see.

Absolutely hysterical. High energy physical comedy combined with superb timing and excellent scripts. The family and I loved it. 10/10

Reviewed on 09 August 2023 by , Christchurch, New Zealand

Wonderful experience! Laughed so much. Still smiling about it days later!

Reviewed on 06 August 2023 by , Exeter, United Kingdom

Creative and clean

Well acted, good timing and super set design and use

Reviewed on 05 August 2023 by , Newport, United States Of America


Reviewed on 05 August 2023 by , Grande Prairie, Canada


Reviewed on 28 July 2023 by , Warburg, Germany

Every kind of laugh, so funny!

Reviewed on 28 July 2023 by , London, United Kingdom



Reviewed on 27 July 2023 by , Dubai, United Arab Emirates


What a fantastic way to start a weekend in London! This show is probably the best acted i have ever seen!! The cast played along with the audience and i had the best laugh i have had in ages!! The mishaps were perfectly timed. IT IS A MUST SEE ....and i have been to hundreds of productions IN MY LIFETIME!!!

Reviewed on 24 July 2023 by , Dryslwyn, United Kingdom

Brilliant show would recommend to others!

Reviewed on 24 July 2023 by , Kidlington, United Kingdom

Excellent On Stage Antics

Some adult humor and antics. The young ones may miss the jokes, but teenagers will definitely understand. Some sexual in nature.

Reviewed on 18 July 2023 by , Sanford, Fl 32773, United States Of America

Best thing I’ve seen in ages

Standing ovation at the end - what more can I say? I’ve seen this twice before on stage - gets better each time. Tonight’s show had even more athleticism, comic timing and energy than before. So this play keeps being recreated and kept fresh. Every single person in the audience was in hysterics for most of the play from start to finish. Amazing stunts. Well done to all and thanks again!

Reviewed on 11 July 2023 by , Wellington, New Zealand


Kept me laughing the entire time.

Reviewed on 10 July 2023 by , West Roxbury, United States Of America


Reviewed on 09 July 2023 by , Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 09 July 2023 by , Tadley, United Kingdom

A must see

Absolutely fabulous.So funny.So well acted and timing spot on.I would definitely like to see it again

Reviewed on 08 July 2023 by , Wrexham, United Kingdom

The show was a complete and utterly terrible every thing went wrong, ha ha it was brilliant funny belly laughing love to see it again.???‍?????

Reviewed on 08 July 2023 by , Birkenhead, United Kingdom


The physical comedy and the technical requirements to make things go wrong was so entertaining. I was not in the mood for a musical but wanted something light hearted and funny. This was a very funny play to enjoy in the West End. A small, intimate production and atmosphere. Arrive by 7 at the latest to see the 'start' of the show.

Reviewed on 07 July 2023 by , Palm Beach Gardens, United States Of America

Best Medicine

A real treat to be able to forget the difficult times we are living in and just laugh and laugh with the whole family. Hope to get tickets for Peter Pan at the Mayflower in October. Thankyou.

Reviewed on 02 July 2023 by , Alton, United Kingdom

Only if you like slapstick situational comedy that is over the top

After hearing and reading the rave reviews I was actually quite disappointed when watching the actual show. It is the kind of mad chaotic over the top comedy that makes you laugh it you like that kind of material but if not, then it just leaves you mildly annoyed and a little exhausted with all the loud dialogue delivery and noises of the set falling apart. Most of the people in the audience seemed to like that though and the actors were quite good. Maybe it was just not the kind of comedy that I find amusing.

Reviewed on 02 July 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilarious! I laughed continuously.

Reviewed on 01 July 2023 by , Alameda, United States Of America

Loved it! Laughed my a$$ off!

What a funny show. I couldn’t help by laugh out loud!

Reviewed on 30 June 2023 by , Woodlands, United States Of America

I laughed until I cried

Fabulous show. Very clever set. Dress in cool clothes as there is no air conditioning.

Reviewed on 30 June 2023 by , Leeming, Australia

Great fun!

Reviewed on 28 June 2023 by , Brisbane, Australia

Whodunnit meets the Marx Brothers

The actors were brilliant but were overshadowed by the excessive slapstick.

Reviewed on 25 June 2023 by , Salmon Arm, Canada

Kept us laughing from beginning to end!

Reviewed on 24 June 2023 by , Selbyville, United States Of America


This is by far the funniest play I've seen.

Reviewed on 23 June 2023 by , Gosport, United Kingdom


Fun and exciting story. The acting was never dull or boring. And refreshments and service were excellent. I recommend the comedy and overall theater experience to anyone. This is my first visit to London, and this show plus visiting the theatre district was definitely worthwhile.

Reviewed on 22 June 2023 by , Tucson, United States Of America

Great and funny show

Reviewed on 21 June 2023 by , Bradford, United Kingdom

Cleverly written and acted. Lots of laughs and suitable for all ages. Great to see him our without crudity.

Reviewed on 21 June 2023 by , Rangiora, New Zealand

Slap stick Clever

Be prepared for a really silly show. It's obvious humour, with only fun intended. If you don't enjoy obvious, but Well acted comedy, don't see this show. However, if you like an Innocent cleverly put together cast of good actors delivery well written comedy.. You'll love this show.

Reviewed on 18 June 2023 by , Burrum Town, Australia

So funny and clearly written non stop laughing from start to end

Absolutely loved the show We thought the actors did an amazing job and can not believe all the stunts they pulled off, how they managed not to hurt themselves I wi never know. Fantastic show and great value for money.

Reviewed on 18 June 2023 by , Leicester, United Kingdom


Laughed from beginning to end. Loved the actors interacting with theaudience before the show and during the interval. Can’t wait to see the next one.

Reviewed on 18 June 2023 by , Peterlee, United Kingdom

Barrell of laughs, must watch for all the family!

It's was very funny right from the start, my 2 teenagers and 7 year old absolutely loved it they couldn't stop laughing and talking about it even after the show had finished.

Reviewed on 18 June 2023 by , Chigwell, United Kingdom

Haven't laughed that hard in a while

I've wanted to watch this for quite some time and fathers day seemed like the perfect excuse to get my dad and me some tickets. We both absolutely loved it!! You laugh non stop. Its incredibly smart slapstick humour and fast paced. Definitely trying to come back soon!

Reviewed on 17 June 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Excellent play

Really funny and great show. Definately worth watching.

Reviewed on 06 June 2023 by , Ilford, United Kingdom

Light and lots of fun

This show was deliberately melodramatic and light, not taking itself seriously. It was enjoyable and very cleverly produced.

Reviewed on 04 June 2023 by , Tamworth, Australia

We laughed so hard we could see through our tears

Reviewed on 03 June 2023 by , Frederick, United States Of America

Hilarious show

Very funny show with a lot of slapstick comedy. Silly, but very enjoyable.

Reviewed on 03 June 2023 by , Matawan, United States Of America

Laughs a plenty

Very well acted comedy of errors. Anything and everything that could go wrong, does. Despite numerous setbacks, the cast manfully carry on. Lots of gags to keep everyone entertained.

Reviewed on 31 May 2023 by , Singapore, Singapore

Trying too hard to be funny

Reviewed on 28 May 2023 by , Lausanne, Switzerland

Hilarious show

This was the funniest show I’ve ever seen. I laughed through the whole thing. I think the British have the same sense of humour as us Australians. Seriously slapstick comedy.

Reviewed on 26 May 2023 by , Redridge, Australia

Absolutely hilarious and a must see!

I don't think I ever stopped laughing for more that a minute the entire show.

Reviewed on 23 May 2023 by , Groesbeck, United States Of America

Brilliant ridiculous fun

We took our 10 year old to see this for his birthday. He, and we, loved it. A joyous way to spend an evening.

Reviewed on 20 May 2023 by , Aylesbury, United Kingdom

Dramatic and full of laughs. Would be happy to see again!

From staff on entry and exit. From start to end of the play. We couldn't help laughing and enjoying it so much that we wanted more and didn't want to go away. Fantastic play so much to laugh at. Great choice to make for our first theatre visit ever. Will seek the other plays the cast do and come again with family. Brilliant night out.

Reviewed on 19 May 2023 by , Hayes, United Kingdom

Fun in a friendly environment

The show was more than 2 hours, with a short break in the middle and most of the time was spent laughing out loud. There's a bit too much slapstick for my taste, but it was well done and appropriate. The actors were very good and very communicative, as well as able to improvise when the situation required so.

Reviewed on 16 May 2023 by , Ulm, Germany


A brilliant show for people who appreciate talent and a really good laugh

Reviewed on 14 May 2023 by , Barony De Polop, Spain

Unexpected entertainment

Reviewed on 14 May 2023 by , Tynemouth, United Kingdom

Go see it

Reviewed on 09 May 2023 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

Creative, brilliant and funny

Timing emaculate, acting was supurb

Reviewed on 06 May 2023 by , Weston Super Mare, United Kingdom

A funny night out

A good laugh throughout the show. A clever and talented cast.

Reviewed on 03 May 2023 by , Ulverstone, Australia


Reviewed on 28 April 2023 by , Pitmedden, United Kingdom

Really funny

Reviewed on 26 April 2023 by , Ballymena, United Kingdom

Great Visit

The show was very good but not for English as a second language. Many couples who were not English speaking did not get the jokes. The tickets being sent to my phone was a night mare as I don't have a smart phone and I couldn't down load to a hard copy.

Reviewed on 26 April 2023 by , Derby, United Kingdom

Fantastic evening

This show was delightfully funny, non stop laughing, we all went home exhausted, can’t imagine how the cast felt. Great cast, great set, we will return for the Peter Pan show at Christmas. Thank you

Reviewed on 23 April 2023 by , Dollar, United Kingdom



Reviewed on 21 April 2023 by , Atlatlahucan, Mexico

Hilarious and very well played

Tears of laughter and amazed by the energy of the actors. We had a splendid evening!

Reviewed on 20 April 2023 by , Elst, Netherlands

So Brilliant

Hilarious from even before it began. We haven’t laughed so much in ages. Went home with aching cheeks.

Reviewed on 19 April 2023 by , Melbourne, United Kingdom

Fun, silly, different

Had a great time at this show. First half was definately stronger, while the ending was a little chaotic, and a tad long. Overall a very good show with a good cast and decent presentation.

Reviewed on 16 April 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

20 Nov
Emmie Newitt

Four reasons to see THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG in the West End

by Emmie Newitt | Monday, November 20 2023, 11:32

Uproarious laughter can be heard near the Duchess Theatre where THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG delivers one of the most brilliantly curated and entertaining productions on offer in the West End.

the play that goes wrongThe Play That Goes Wrong promotional poster

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10 Oct
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by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, October 10 2023, 11:34

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by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43

Mischief Theatre It’s great when theatre folk achieve unlikely success through sheer hard work and talent. Of course those two qualities alone are no guarantee of success in an overcrowded market but add a dash of good luck and you could be the next Mischief Theatre.

In just a few years, have gone from being a bunch of unknown graduates performing on the London Fringe to one of the most successful and sought after performers and creatives in the industry.

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13 Jul
Oliver Mitford

New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong

by Oliver Mitford | Monday, July 13 2015, 11:41

The Play That Goes Wrong The Olivier Award-winning production of The Play That Goes Wrong has announced a new cast for their sell-out run at the Duchess Theatre.

New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong