Duchess Theatre

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets

4.7/5
based on 819 reviews

Duchess Theatre

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Booking from: Thursday, 4 September 2014

Booking until: Sunday, 25 February 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+
 


Booking from:
Thursday, 4 September 2014

Booking until:
Sunday, 25 February 2018

Running time:
2 Hours 5 Minutes

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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Anyone:
84%
Families:
88%
Teenagers:
88%
Couples:
93%
Theatregoers:
94%

based on 819 reviews

Funny!

London Box Office customer

Undemanding evening out

Rather predictable situations which had something of a student review feel. The actors really went for it and the long run of this play is fully justified. You have not asked about value for money and we thought the prices a bit steep.


London Box Office customer

My partner was sure about this show, but I had heard great things about it.... afterwards he told me he couldn't believe how good it was! We loved it! Here's a tip- book a restaurant in advance


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Lots of fun and definitely original

a very enjoyable evening!


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Did not expect it to be so hilarious!!! Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Constant laughter- definitely recommended

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Decent

Good show if you enjoy slapstick comedy. We enjoyed it but if you are looking for a deep story this is t the play for you. If you are looking to sit back and laugh, the play that goes wrong delivers.


London Box Office customer

A few good gags.

London Box Office customer

Play worth seeing

Really nice play, great jokes and generally good fun.


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Hilarious

Fabulous play laughed from start to finish!


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A laugh a minute

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Hilarious show, a must see

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Laugh out loud funny!

If you just want to switch off from the world for a few hours and have a good old belly laugh, this show is perfect.


London Box Office customer

Great english comedy for good peopleI love comedic ztrctr

I love comedic theatrical structres..that are recognizable from the Bard.thru the centuries..because they reflect the joys of livivg life large...


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Hilarious

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Words that do not go wrong

Fast moving and very entertaining. Gives you an almost constant smile.


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Great Fun

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Hilarious LOL on a Saturday Afternoon

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Recommended,and not disappointed!

Recommended to us and it didn't disappoint,it was funnier than I expected,well put together and a very enjoyable afternoon


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Totally enjoyed

Would recommend


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Very entertaining

The show was hilarious and the acting excellent.


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A must see

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A masterpiece! Well worth seeing

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Hilarious

If you enjoyed the Acorn Antiques style of humour you will love this. It's a sort of Amateur Dramatics going dramatically wrong at all levels. Very funny sometimes over acted but it's all for the right reason. Sometimes you cringe at the humour but it's a very funny show that everyone can laugh at. Everyone seemed to enjoy. Dave & Barbara.


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A laugh a minute!

Fantastic! We laughed all the way through.


London Box Office customer

Proper laugh out loud material

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Hilarious

Thoroughly recommend this play. Just an old farce done really well. We went as a couple but the production is child friendly. Cast we're brilliant as we're the rest of the team in the theatre. If you want a good chuckle go see!


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Laugh a minute

Brilliant show, had such a laugh


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Entertaining

From the moment we sat in our seats it was laughter. Great acting, good story, very funny. Lovely quaint theatre


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Funniest show I've seen in years

Slap-stick humour has been revived ... and we loved it!!! From the hammed up, amateur role playing through to the clever visual gags, this play had us in fits from the first minute. This is a very physical play and the actors did not have stunt doubles so hats off to them for delivering some of the funniest knock down comedy seen in years. We particularly laughed out loud when the two girls fought over who would play the female lead role! If you like a laugh, this play is a must.


London Box Office customer

The funniest so far! A must see!

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Slap stick

Good laugh out loud show. Very chaotic at times and sometimes difficult to clearly hear the actors voices but this didn't distract from the performance. Very cleverly put together. If you are in need of some fun this is the show for you!!


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Funniest play ever

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Extremely funny

Definitely worth seeing. The theatre isn't the best but the play makes up for it. The whole audience laughed all the way through, very refreshing to see a show that's different.


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Fun

Fun filled night out no bad language either a great show for anyone


London Box Office customer

Laughter from start to finish

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Bellyaching laughter, amazing physical work

I think this is a must watch for all theatre enthusiasts. Not only was it hilarious, it also demonstrated the amount of physical work actors can put into their craft, frequently at the expense of personal safety as well.


London Box Office customer

VERY CLEAVER AND FUNNY


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Must see

This show was a laugh out loud from start to finish, just what my friend and I needed after a tough week at work. Am considering taking my partner as wouldn't mind seeing it again.


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Hilarious


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Hilarious

Just go and be prepared to laugh till your sides ache!


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Good night out

A very funny refreshing show, a good night out


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Excellent

Excellent show, laughed throughout and had my brother in tears. Haven't laughed as much for a long time


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Laughing Out Loud All The Way Through

What a brilliant show, laughed so much my sides ached. Very well choreographed by the actors, who kept the momentum going. This show is a must see.


London Box Office customer

A brilliant and imaginitive comedy

I was totally unprepared for such a funny show. Am still thinking back and remembering much of the action and the skills of the actors in presenting the play.


London Box Office customer

Two hours of good laughs

Good night of entertainment with loads of laughs. Reminiscent of "Noises Off" and Monty Python. Excellent setting/smaller theatre. The story of a college drama club producing the show is sewn excellently throughout the production, even before the start. Two hours of good laughs and a chance to escape the real world for a while.


London Box Office customer

a must see.

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Vertical funny

How the actors remembered their lines is astounding considering all that was going on. Excellent entertainment.


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Laugh until you cry

This is the funniest show we have ever seen.The cast were brilliant & the sets extraordinary. A "must not miss" event for those yet to book seats.


London Box Office customer

Delightful & hysterical...timing was perfect!

Small theater which is perfect for this production. Audience interaction encouraged and responses were wonderful. Highly recommend for families (perhaps ages 8 and above).


London Box Office customer

A thoroughly enjoyable night out.

A small, friendly theatre and an enjoyable show suitable for all, but the erudite and pretentious! Skillful acting and stunts, full of surprises and if you want to forget your troubles, see this - the cast has more troubles than you could ever have! A fast and frentic evening that ends in plenty of time to catch your train home without rushing - an added bonus!


London Box Office customer

Must see

Couldn't stop laughing, realy enjoyed it. Looking at going to.see Peter pan goes wrong too. It was brilliant, slap stick, old fashioned comedy at its best


London Box Office customer

Fantastic fun

A fantastic funny play for all. We enjoyed every minute.


London Box Office customer

I cried with laughter.

If you don't like farce then give this show a miss. Otherwise it will provide an absolutely superb example of this genre. At times I couldn't see for tears of laughter and breathing was also impeded with aching ribs.


London Box Office customer

Different to Peter

We had seen Peter Pan Goes Wrong last year, it was very good and so refreshing compared to the various Christmas Panto's we have seen over the years, so we thought we would try the Mischief Theatre Company again. Both my husband and I enjoyed The Play that Goes Wrong, however, my 10 year and 16 year old not so much, they just didn't get it! We will try them on the Bank Robbery that goes Wrong later in the year!


London Box Office customer

laugh out loud!!!

Dont be put off by the start where someone is looking for their dog. This is slightly annoying but the whole show itself completely makes up for it and was a total hoot!


London Box Office customer

Must see

A very funny production kept us laughter from beginning to end. Great characters and storyline.


London Box Office customer

fabulous going to see the other two plays


London Box Office customer

A laugh a minute!

London Box Office customer

must see! hilarious! would go to see it again

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Clever entertainment

Timing is everything; and this cast has it - by the bucket-load.


London Box Office customer

A must for lovers of the likes of Monty Python!

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LAUGH!!!!

Wonderful evenings entertainment - a madcap, old-fashioned, adventure! Well-done everyone involved for all your enthusiasm and hard work, seamless performance, thoroughly enjoyed! My only complaint was the amount of laughing I did - I literally had a pain in my face, it was just brilliant! Twenty-out-of -ten!!


London Box Office customer

very funny, sore throat at the end - laughing so much!

small theatre, be aware the jokes start before the curtain up.


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Brilliant

Well done and extremely funny


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a must see play, hilarious

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Extremely funny!

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Must see for a great night out!

Laughed out loud all night! Fantastic actors, timing was great and would definitely see show again.


London Box Office customer

Seen it twice and laughed no less the second time

I recommend arriving early due to audience interaction prior to the start. Get settled and prepared, you'll be laughing from start to finish.


London Box Office customer

Funny

Funny cleverly acted comedy. Good for almost any age.


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Hilarious

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Definitely a must to go and see!!

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Very very funny

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Very funny

Good play well acted oftentimes funny.


London Box Office customer

awesome

brilliant show, non stop laughter


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hilarious

A witty show with some slapstick, something amusing for everyone. Whatever you do, turn up early so you don't miss a moment.


London Box Office customer

Brilliant night out

We were sat on the front row of the stalls which was great especially as my son in law got dragged on stage at the beginning! The whole play from start to finish was brilliant, laughed from the beginning to the end. So so funny.


London Box Office customer

Great Night Out

Great venue ( small ) Staff were excellent. Not being a theatre person I got tickets for a treat for my wife. Loved it. Not very often I laugh out loud but it was a very funny show. Would be great for families.


London Box Office customer

same old same old

This was a typical Brian Rix type farce and was very outdated. Ok for someone who has not experienced this type of comedy previously but once seen it's all the same. My wife and I managed to raise an odd smile throughout the whole performance. Acting was good though.


London Box Office customer

creative good laughter a show trully not to miss

This show is truly one not to be missed, a all rounder for everyone, I never stopped laughing from start to finish, full of amazing acting props brilliant.


London Box Office customer

Exhausting

The show was manic, there was always something going wrong be it the props , stage scenery, or actors. It was funny, well thought out and most entertaining.


London Box Office customer

Great fun

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Laugh a minute

A complete break from every day life, no concentration needed just sit back and laugh.


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

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  • Capacity: 475
  • Year built: 1929

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