Duchess Theatre

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets

4.8/5
based on 910 reviews

Duchess Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 30 September 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, 30 September 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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Press Reviews

A masterpiece of malfunction The Times

It’s as though The Mousetrap has been taken over by Monty Python What's On Stage

I feared I was going to hyperventilate The Daily Mail

Customer Reviews

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Recommended for:

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

based on 910 reviews

Colour full and creative

A must to see


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Crazy English

Slapstick, farcical comedy where you just can’t help but smile (or laugh out loud.) t


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Excellent show, enjoyable time spent!

The comedy is extremely witty in that it is a “play within a play”. The wit to pull it through, with the scripted jokes, is commendable!


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So much fun!

Funny before it even started, this really is a great family show. So silly but so good. I almost had a competition with myself during the show trying to work out what would go wrong next. The players are so adept at their parts that you really wonder how they don’t actually know themselves out or do serious injury to themselves. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a laugh


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Hysterical farce..brilliantly produced.

Be ready to laugh louder and longer than usual. First act was hillarious..2nd act even funnier! Brilliant entertainment.


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Laughed all the way through

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Hilarious Slapstick!

Was recommended by friends - thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The cast worked really hard for their money! Hilarious slapstick! One bit of advice - get in early!


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Must see comedy by excellent Mischief theatre

Loved it - loved being in the front row and couldn’t stop laughing despite “Chris” asking me to stop! Brilliant night out!


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Excellent. Funny with good silliness to keep you laughing from start to finish.


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Brilliant

Heard so many good things about this show and it really lived up to expectations! Loved it!


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Very Funny

This play is very funny, had a great time.


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Hilarious

Seamlessly brilliant. Go.


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Hilarious - haven't laughed this much in ages

Really hilarious - the ideas for improvisation when things go wrong are often beyond absurd, and beyond all reasonable expectations, so the audience keeps being surprised all over. I haven't laughed this much in a theatre for years, except for a show where things unintentionally went wrong and caught the actors and audience in a laughing fit... ...how do THESE guys manage to remain serious and keep straight faces all the time? Big praise!


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Excellent

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A highly recommended play if you want to have a great time and laugh

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hilarious

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Side-splitting hilarious. We, actually, thought we were going to hyperventilating.

Brilliant! Hilarious! Only complaint, which it isn’t really, is that it was a tight squeeze due to the age of the theatre and it was very hot in there. If you enjoy a good laugh, this will exceed your expectations!!! Go enjoy the show!!!


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Brilliant!

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Excellent

Could not stop laughing, we took our three teenage kids with us and we all LOVED it, belly ache from laughing so much!!


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Creative

Was great show we were right at the front and my friend got to go up on stage it was amazing thank you


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Great show!

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Hilarious

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Great humorous show well worth seeing.

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YOUR EYES WILL WATER

Great all round show looking forward to THE BANK


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Side-splitting

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Tears of laughter

The show was really funny and great interaction with the audience. Laughed so much I had tears in my eyes.


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A very bid disappointment.

There were a few very funny moments, but overall it was very repetitive and a very big disappointment when so much was promised.


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Laughter is the best medicine

Brilliant funny play. Superb acting and so cleverly done. Perfect theatre for it as is small & so good view from any seats. All actors were superb so don't really want to single anyone out however Robert & the butler were brilliant.


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Excellent

A very nice choice to spend your evening


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Brilliant!!!!

I went with my family and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was great fun from the start to the end. Excellent, well done!!!!


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Hillarous show, laugh a minute

Hillarous show, laugh a minute. Agatha Christie murder/mystery all gone wrong! :)


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The best laugh I have had for many years

A very well acted play with much laughter and humour which would be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone and everyone. The timing of many of the humorous events was incredible. The interaction before the show by the actors and participation of the prompt and stage hands during the play was an element which gave this play it's uniqueness. A must see.


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Wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much but even thinking about what to write is making me chuckle. Brilliant performance, brilliant timing, and a brilliant night out.


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A good laugh

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A Funny enjoyable play

We enjoyed the show had good seats although if you are 6 foot then leg room would be limited. A good view of the stage with no obstructions. We enjoyed the first half slightly more than the second but came out smiling so it must have been a good show.


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Hilarious

Brilliantly performed, amazing timing and funny, funny, funny. Best show I've ever seen


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Very very funny!

Laughter is the best medicine! We haven't laughed out loud so much for a long time. We were in our seats early, but were entertained by the actors fooling about on and off stage long before official "curtain up".


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The Best Show we have ever seen

Highly recommended everyone should go and see this show 5 star, so funny you will be crying with laughter, the acting was spot on and the timing was fantastic


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A fuun nught at the theatre

Very funny play. Thoroughly enjoyed though could have been shorter with no interval.


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Superb!

Genuinely brilliant. Unlike any other show I've seen before.


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Great night out not to be missed

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So funny!

This was such a fantastically funny play! My hands were so sore from clapping so much! The actors were unbelievably great at incorporating the audience reactions into the show! This is a do not miss evening of fun, laughter and a great night out!


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A real laugh!!

Good old eccentric fun


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A humorous Gem!

A classic example of how British humour should be portrayed. Unfortunately, some people in the audience where not seeing the funny side or tried to be funny with snide remarks. They should have stayed home. The play is excellent and having seen Peter Pan goes wrong, I couldn't wait for this one. Equally funny with some cracking slapstick funnies. The way the cast manage to capture each situation with facial expressions and little body movements made for a brilliant night. Well done to all.


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Amazing

Really really enjoyed the show. We were laughing from start to finish. It is such a creative and intelligent production. Nothing else out there like it!


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Laugh a minute

Lived up to its name and really was a slap stick comedy


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Hilarious, spot on comedic timing

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Brilliant laugh

Show is a must for anyone and everyone. Not to be missed.


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It was outstanding comedy - perfect timing - absolutely loved the show !!

We are visiting from Australia and bought these tickets after reading the reviews - well they were 100% correct it was an amazing show.


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Fun Theatre

This is a lovely way to spend a few hours enjoying yourself


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Laughs from start to finish

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Sides hurt from laughing.

If you are looking for something different, If you like a farce, if Monty Python is your cup of tea, this show is for you.


London Box Office customer

A great farce.

A wonderful piece of runaround - cast members popping in and out, silent physical comedy, and finishing up with a great piece of classic stage magic. The cast members were all playing at being cast members who sometimes appeared to be playing in different plays. Wonderful send up spoofs of all the different kinds of amateur theatrics.


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Fun evening out

Laughter all the way. A really good evening out. The actors must be exhausted. This play is a directors nightmare. The technical team must love every minute. I have never heard my husband laugh so much.


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The title of the play is very apt!

Definitely not our cup of tea but I can understand that it may appeal to some people. It's really a farce and the humour is banal and silly. It made us cringe rather than laugh.


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Hilarious

Fabulously funny even the second time :D


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Great comic value

Oh my goodness what a brilliant show. I love a farce and this did not disappoint. The acting was fantastic, the actors could be clearly heard and the comedy value was second to none. Whilst the play would be fine for a family I am not sure that younger children will understand the comedy so I think it would be better suited for teenagers and adults (please note this comment has not been made due to adult content as this is not the case). I would not hesitate to recommend this play to my friends and family.


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Funny as

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Good old laugh, for anyone who's a fan of slapstick

Good fun and well delivered, was very Fawlty Towersesque. Hapless chaos, with some great slapstick action. And it does exactly what the title suggests, some really good hearty laughing, would definitely recommend.


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Hilariously silly

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Incredible performance

A story within a play. The actors performed exceedingly well in their roles though occasionally the speech was difficult to hear when there was so much shouting towards the end. The stage effects were incredibly well done, astonishing with superb timing, extremely professional. I enjoyed it as a different performance but it became rather noisy at the end.


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Hilarious show

This was definitely the funniest show we have ever seen at the theatre! We laughed so much, we had tears running down our cheeks. Would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes the style of humour of Brian Rix, Monthy Python, Morecombe and Wise and so on.


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Very enjoyable

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Must ser

So funny


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Laugh out loud, start to finish !

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Crying with laughter

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Smart energetic

We are visitor from Adelaide South Australia. We really enjoyed the show and you made our visit in London memorable especially with your show Love it


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Excellent show!

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Fantastic

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We laughed and laughed!

The Play was hilarious! We laughed through the entire production. Every single actor played their roles amazingly well! My teenager literally jumped out of her chair.


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Bonkers but brilliant

What an absolutely brilliant show we both laughed until we ached. Whacky funny hilarious what a tonic at the difficult times.


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It was a hell of a big laugh.

I'm not known to smile a lot but this really got me going!! The actors were great but the stunts were fantastic. It made me love live theater even more!! Brilliant.


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An excellent show

A well worth seeing performance , so funny and entertaining !!


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Fabulous Fun

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Hilarious funny

What a fantastic evening of slapstick comedy. Brilliant show


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Funny!

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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.


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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.


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A few good gags.

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

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Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 475
  • Year built: 1929

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