Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA GB

The Play That Goes Wrong

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4.7/5 - based on 1468 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 2 April 2023
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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About The Play That Goes Wrong

Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+

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Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 2 April 2023
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 15:00 19:00

The Play That Goes Wrong description

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.

The Play That Goes Wrong theatre tickets – Marvellously, ridiculously funny

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

tomorrow25th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Wednesday26th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Thursday27th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Friday28th Jan 2022 7:30pm
Saturday29th Jan 2022 2:30pm
Saturday29th Jan 2022 7:30pm

The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1468 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
A must see!

Very cleverly and well timed and delivered in terms of acting and comedy. The actors and all the staff are clearly passionate about the creative and performing arts and it was clear in this must - see performance. As a result will be attending the magic show that was advertised at the end of the performance.

Reviewed on 23 January 2022 by , Oldbury, United Kingdom

So funny, very clever, actors should request danger money, with all the stunts they do! Brilliant

Brilliant full of laughter, slapstick and then some, Brilliant actors!

Reviewed on 23 January 2022 by , South Woodford. London, United Kingdom

So very funny

Do yourself a favour and watch this show

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by , Galway, Ireland

Well coordinated

Good for a laugh spot on

Reviewed on 20 January 2022 by , Cheddar, United Kingdom

Blooming fantastic!,,

I was dubious… But… This was skilfully performed and in such a way that you found each actor hysterically funny, Each with their own style being hilarious was pretending to not be acting whilst pretending to be lost whilst pretending to be improvising… The show was skilfully performed and laugh out loud funny with an impromptu bit of stand-up comedy in the middle. I have not laughed out loud so much for so long for ages!

Reviewed on 16 January 2022 by , Greenwich, United Kingdom


Such a talented cast. Good strong characters and brilliantly played. Very very funny. Don’t know how the cast keep up with the story line. Very physical! I would happily go back and see it again and again.

Reviewed on 15 January 2022 by , West Clandon, United Kingdom


From beginning to end, although the show is long, my husband and 15yr old grandson laughed throughout. It could have been a little shorter. My grandson wondered instead of the fairly obvious climax...the whole set collapsing around the players....(wonderfully done) it might have been less obvious if everything suddenly turned out to work!!! Interesting thought from the teenager! But, we really had a great theatrical time. Thank you.

Reviewed on 13 January 2022 by , Fernhurst, United Kingdom


Lots of unexpected, great fun, great acting and improvisation. Enjoyed a lot with my teenage son. Great for any age audience.

Reviewed on 09 January 2022 by , Barnet, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 02 January 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Great laugh

Reviewed on 30 December 2021 by , Christchurch, United Kingdom


The energy each actor brings to the stage infects each audience member with joy , laughter , spirits. Well done

Reviewed on 29 December 2021 by , Westport, United States Of America

A masterpiece

This show should be on everyone's to see list. The cast were magnificent and looked so happy to be back performing. The story is brilliant and allows some individual improv moments which really add to the superb experience. How the crew keep straight faces sometimes is beyond me 👍👍👍👍👍

Reviewed on 13 December 2021 by , Tonbridge, United Kingdom

Haven’t laughed this much for ages!!!

Reviewed on 12 December 2021 by , Abbots Langley, United Kingdom

Laughing from start to finish.

Slapstick comedy with excellent timing and performances. Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.

Reviewed on 12 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Laughed all the way through

Clever witty play that kept me laughing through out the play

Reviewed on 12 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilarious, playful

Reviewed on 11 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Birthday treat

Wasn’t disappointed. The whole family enjoyed the show thoroughly. It did not disappoint.

Reviewed on 09 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom


Slick professional abd very funny. A much needed laughter opportunity

Reviewed on 05 December 2021 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Really funny show!

Reviewed on 02 December 2021 by , Tel Aviv, Israel

One of the best

Reviewed on 01 December 2021 by , Edenbridge, United Kingdom

A great evening of escapism and fun.

Reviewed on 30 November 2021 by , Rickmansworth, United Kingdom


Very funny some good stunts

Reviewed on 28 November 2021 by , Leicester, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 28 November 2021 by , Stafford, United Kingdom

Hilarious and fun!

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by , Fetcham, United Kingdom

A couple of beers before makes it awesome!

Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by , South Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom

Must see entertainment!

Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by , Warszawa, Poland

Fantastic moment of fun !!!

It was a great moment of fun. I llaugh, the public laugh all the time Go and have fun

Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by , Pibrac, France


It fun and entertaining evening. Highly recommended

Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

A very funny show

I loved it but not so sure about my 11 year old Granddaughter. Brilliantly performed and very enjoyable.

Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by , Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Classic slapstick

Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by , Oxford, United Kingdom

What a giggle

So funny from start to finish, a real “feel good” show. Had us laughing in our seats from the off. Easy to follow story line, actors brilliant (interacting well with the audience)

Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by , Louth, United Kingdom


I laughed until I cried. Excellent acting, superb timing. Stage construction, amazing!

Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by , Milford Haven, United Kingdom

A great evening of belly laughs

Exactly like the tv show, full on slapstick comedy. Am now appreciative of how skilful the actors have to be.

Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by , Ascot, United Kingdom


A silly and joyful show.

Reviewed on 18 November 2021 by , Chippenham, United Kingdom

Sadly underwhelming experience

I was really looking forward to this as I have enjoyed the TV series very much but sadly it left me pretty underwhelmed. I cannot fault the endeavour of the cast but it was just far too silly and slapstick laden for my liking. I managed the occasional chuckle but I had expected so much more.

Reviewed on 17 November 2021 by , Ruislip, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 14 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

A must see!!!

Reviewed on 14 November 2021 by , Stavanger, Norway


Reviewed on 13 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilariously silliness

Fast moving murder mystery totally bonkers. Be prepared to laugh out loud and join in a bit of audience participation.

Reviewed on 07 November 2021 by , West Wickham, United Kingdom

Fantastic, laughed so much. Energy was infectious. Feel really up lifted after seeing it.

Cast was great, really unique, laugh out loud play.must see.

Reviewed on 04 November 2021 by , Essex, United Kingdom


Funny show,pitty the chair was very small and uncomfortable. No room to put your arms.

Reviewed on 02 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 02 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Relentlessly unfunny

Only go to see The Play that Goes Wrong if you like very poor jokes and want to sit through 2 hours of one-dimensional entertainment. It's unfunny to the degree that you wonder whether the people you can hear laughing are planted in the audience. It's embarrassing at times and you feel for the cast, having to work with this script. Generally, it would be fun for children under 10, and should be marketed as such.

Reviewed on 01 November 2021 by , Reading, United Kingdom


it was perfect. we couldn't stop laughing and we are definitely going to recommend it to everyone we know :)

Reviewed on 31 October 2021 by , Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Extremely funny

Reviewed on 31 October 2021 by , Rugby, United Kingdom

It was so funny we cried!

Reviewed on 26 October 2021 by , Ramat Gan, Israel

Didn’t stop laughing

Really funny show, acted well as though it was the first time and the “mishaps” were for real.

Reviewed on 26 October 2021 by , Swindon, United Kingdom

Must see comedy

None stop hillarity from start to ginish with superb acting. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the show.

Reviewed on 25 October 2021 by , Grimsby, United Kingdom

Crazy full on comedy

Reviewed on 20 October 2021 by , Waltham Cross, United Kingdom

Fantastic show, a must see!

A fantastic show. Great fun, really well put together and a brilliant evening.

Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Must see!

The play was absolutely great. Extremely funny. It's for sure a must see!

Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Very funny

This was a very funny production. Well worth seeing, would watch again and would try similar titles.

Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by , Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Blew me away

Cried laughing, told everyone how good it was. Says it all really

Reviewed on 17 October 2021 by , Huyton, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 16 October 2021 by , Cork City, Ireland

Clever, comical energetic and superbly executed. Still laughing...

Reviewed on 16 October 2021 by , Navan, Ireland

Must see!

Absolutely hilarious, chaotic by nature of the title but clearly rehearsed chaos which you can tell took hours of dedication and work. Very funny indeed, some brilliant actors !! Go see it!

Reviewed on 16 October 2021 by , Pentrecwrt, United Kingdom

Mediocre- too silly to handle

it was ok. not as funny as I thought it would be. a few giggles here and there but I get more giggles in musicals which aren't 100% comedy. If you're looking for something sophisticated this isn't for you. If you want goofy and Mr. Bean-like slapstick, maybe you'll like it.

Reviewed on 13 October 2021 by , Tel Aviv, Israel


We loved it. Great acting. Always like to support local actors and actresses. Funny plot. Crazy stunts.

Reviewed on 11 October 2021 by , Pahrump, United Kingdom

Absolutely hilarious the entire time! I couldn’t stop laughing the whole show!

Reviewed on 10 October 2021 by , Helena, United States Of America

Brilliant, Funny and Unexpectedly Fabulous

Reviewed on 07 October 2021 by , Flensburg, Germany

Laughing from start to finish!

Great story! Great acting! Great Set! Engaging from start to finish. Make sure you go to the bathroom first because you'll piss yourself laughing! Holy shit. I wanted to see this show for ages and this one did not dissapoint.

Reviewed on 07 October 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Rib breakingly funny.

I haven’t laughed so much at a play or movie or tv show! Absolutely hilarious and a must see! The casting was fantastic and the atmosphere was incredible! 1000/10 would recommend seeing it... even if it does go a bit...wrong.

Reviewed on 05 October 2021 by , Aveley, United Kingdom

Very funny ! Must see !

Reviewed on 04 October 2021 by , Ascot, United Kingdom

show stopping theatrical wonder


Reviewed on 03 October 2021 by , Leigh On Sea, United Kingdom

A hilarious night out

From the very start our entry went wrong, which was very well planned. Even before the show started the actors had us in stitches. We sat in the dress circle row F , so we had an amazing view of everything. The end was so confusing however I was so busy laughing I think I would have lost the plot anyway but who cares it was Amazing, Funny from start to finish, and absolutely brilliant. A must see.

Reviewed on 01 October 2021 by , Darlington, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 29 September 2021 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Hilarious send up of am-dram and all that might go wrong

No doubt taking some inspiration from John Cleese and Fawlty Towers, this was a hugely enjoyable murder-mystery play, where everything goes wrong for the poor players. In London for business on my own, I enjoyed it immensely, despite no company to share the jokes with after. It was glorious to be back in a full theatre and without many people (still) choosing to wear masks. I know some people worry, but they just need to get used to going out again. Nice theatre I had not visited before, with very friendly staff.

Reviewed on 29 September 2021 by , Belfast, United Kingdom

Poor, childish not west end material more local amateur dramatics

Ok for children but very poor quality for adults

Reviewed on 26 September 2021 by , Poulton, United Kingdom

Pretty funny show

I found the show quite funny, funnier than I expected to be precise.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

Side-splittingly hilarious

Extremely funny from beginning to end.

Reviewed on 24 September 2021 by , Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Just Great

The farce is with you. Brilliant.

Reviewed on 19 September 2021 by , Stamford, United Kingdom


Verbal and slapstick comedy at its best.

Reviewed on 18 September 2021 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

The second act was funnier

Reviewed on 05 September 2021 by , Northampton, United Kingdom

Mad , energetic, exhausting in a good way

Reviewed on 25 August 2021 by , Ballina, Ireland

A must see if you want to laugh all night

Reviewed on 20 August 2021 by , Salisbury, United Kingdom

So much fun

Such great fun for the whole family. My kids and I loved it!

Reviewed on 16 August 2021 by , Bicester, United Kingdom

Just a whale of a time

Not the tv cast. IT DID NOT MATTER. The cast were even better. I wish I could tell them each, how they have made a memory of joy for all!

Reviewed on 15 August 2021 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Funny funny show

Could not stop laughing, loved it!

Reviewed on 13 August 2021 by , Heysham, United Kingdom

Brilliant slapstick, comedy and farce all in one show

We laughed until our cheeks ached and our eyes were streaming! This show was such fun and the real uplift we all needed after the isolation of Covid. Thank you to all the amazing cast and crew who made it possible.

Reviewed on 08 August 2021 by , Reading, United Kingdom

Great show!

Reviewed on 31 July 2021 by , Southwick, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 16 July 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Missed opportunity

We were very disappointed with this play. The plot / idea is good but good comedy has to be unexpected. This was all overacted and ‘hammed up’. It would have been much funnier, in our view, if it has been played in a more subtle and nuanced way so that all the mistakes and dodgy set issues were apparently unexpected. It was all too predictable and done as a ‘clowning’ performance but you need more expert clowns to pull that off. In addition, the cast were continually shouting, which became monotonous and also made it difficult for the slightly hard of hearing (me) to pick out the diction from the background noise. The sound effects guy played his part straight and was much the funniest. Other members of the audience enjoyed it but I would recommend it only for youngish kids to enjoy what was a slapstick knockabout. Good try and lots of effort but I’m afraid it was a big disappointment.

Reviewed on 15 July 2021 by , Exeter, United Kingdom

Amazing show

Booked this show to see as part of our trip to London, I’ve been before and seen a few shows but this one was certainly the funniest. A great show for all ages what a lovely night we had.

Reviewed on 24 June 2021 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Painful ham not funny ham

Should have been humorously bad, Just cringingly bad

Reviewed on 20 June 2021 by , Stroud, United Kingdom

Great Comedy Show, Whole Family Loved It!

My husband and our two teenagers absolutely loved the show; great acting, brilliant comic timing from all and lots of action throughout. Laugh out loud stuff. I was also impressed by the social distancing and efforts re COVID made at the theatre. All great.

Reviewed on 14 December 2020 by , Weybridge, United Kingdom

Absolutely hilarious

I went with my mum for a change of scene in the weird world; it definitely brought many laughs along the evening! Very funny and would recommend for everyone to go see it!

Reviewed on 13 December 2020 by , Brentwood, United Kingdom

Great Play, will keep you laughing for 2 hours!

Great play in lovely theatre. Kept us laughing for the whole 2 hours with wonderful actors with impeccable timing throughout. Would recommend to all ages.

Reviewed on 12 December 2020 by , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

He He Hilarious

I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the show when I booked it. It was my wife's birthday and she had said that she would like to see it. I am very glad she did. It was quite the funniest thing I have seen in over a decade. It started before we even entered the theatre proper. In the bar We were approached by a stage manager (cast member) looking for a lost dog ? very funny and a prelude to much better things to come. The hilarity built throughout the show culminating in a final act so fast and full of gags it was virtually impossible to catch them all, missing some purely because of laughing so much. I will definitely book to see this company's other productions. Fantastic..........

Reviewed on 16 March 2020 by , Eye, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 15 March 2020 by , Swansea, United Kingdom

Such a laugh!

A real laugh a minute. Cheers anyone up when the world is all doom and gloom!

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by , Colchester, United Kingdom

A must see, funny event

A lovely,inoffensive friendly show that had everyone laughing and smiling

Reviewed on 13 March 2020 by , Luton, United Kingdom

A great night out

Reviewed on 12 March 2020 by , Bolton, United Kingdom

Not my style at all

Reviewed on 11 March 2020 by , London, United Kingdom



Reviewed on 07 March 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Amazing, bravo!

Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by , Brussels, Belgium

Wonderful special effects fabulous storyline and soooo amusing!

Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by , Sellindge, United Kingdom

Really funny

Incredibly good timing, some really impressive stunts, excellent physical acting and all round terrific performances. It's great.

Reviewed on 24 February 2020 by , Fairford, United Kingdom


Very entertaining and funny.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by , Bexleyheath, United Kingdom

Unique and different

Reviewed on 21 February 2020 by , Pinner, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 04 February 2020 by , Selfoss, Iceland

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