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The Play That Goes Wrong

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4.7/5 - based on 1407 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 30 October 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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About The Play That Goes Wrong

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Suitable for ages 8+

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Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 30 October 2022
  • 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.

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

Thursday28th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Friday29th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Saturday30th Oct 2021 2:30pm
Saturday30th Oct 2021 7:30pm
Sunday31st Oct 2021 3:00pm
Sunday31st Oct 2021 7:00pm

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The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1407 reviews

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Latest customer reviews
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

Great Fun!

Reviewed on 03 February 2020 by , Selby, United Kingdom

Fast paced fun

If you like farce slapstick comedy this show is for you. A well worked script with loads of laughs. It goes from a few bits going wrong to a disaster.

Reviewed on 02 February 2020 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

2 hours of non-stop laughter!

Reviewed on 30 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

The play was slow but funny

Tha play was slow in places and a bit boring. It was funny in many ways. The Duchess Theatre needs renovating at least new seats. At £96.00 for the two of us was expensive, especially sitting on what felt like solid timber seats.

Reviewed on 30 January 2020 by , Heathfield, United Kingdom

Funny, laughing all the way to the End

Reviewed on 26 January 2020 by , Espoo, Finland


Reviewed on 24 January 2020 by , Hawkhurst, United Kingdom

Very funny and different easy watching and entertaining

The beginning is very funny and gets more complex as the play goes along. I admire the timing in the latter part of the show particularly near the end that was brilliantly choreographed .

Reviewed on 10 January 2020 by , Chelsea, United Kingdom

abolutely awful!

This show was so bad we left at interval -we were not the only ones to leave, we walked down Aldwych with others who had left and all were saying how bad the show was. Just could not anything funny about this awful show,all the things that were constantly going wrong were not the slightest bit funny. Felt that this was a case of Emperor's Clothes, that if you are told enough times this is great and really funny you would actually believe it! What a complete waste of money!!

Reviewed on 09 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Absolutely bloody fantastic!

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , Ambleside, United Kingdom

A lot of laughs

Can't remember when I laughed so often during a show. Much better than the TV shows. Really awesome stunts and split second timing.

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , Winslow, United Kingdom

Great fun

Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Great fun!

Very funny - slapstick comedy-our family really enjoyed the play.

Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by , Priors Marston, United Kingdom


Really funny show, fits of laughter,great improvisation where needed

Reviewed on 22 December 2019 by , Bromley, United Kingdom


Some laughs but tedious in parts

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Streat, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore

Waste of £130

Our annual Dad and son day out in London, last year we watched the Bank Robbery show by the same group which was hilarious. this year we had seat that were directly in front of a group of three people who chose to narrate the show all by themselves for the entire performance. a member of staff stood overlooking as she noticed the disturbance too and in the interval a couple of other people spoke to me. sadly it continued, at one point the man in question found one line so funny he repeated for the rest of us FIVE times, by which time i found it had lost it charm. At the end of the show i spoke to management and was compensated with an apology, she denied that anyone in the theatre was aware of it as she would have been informed, despite my son and i pointing out to her, who the member of staff was that was watching them, my son explained that she was an employee as she sold him his ice cream. A total waste of £130

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Westcliff-on-sea, United Kingdom

Super good feel

Loved it & have taken friends a couple of times now Thank you

Reviewed on 16 December 2019 by , Shropshire, United Kingdom


It was very good. We laughed a lot!

Reviewed on 15 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilary Ruth
Laughed so much

Excellent, enjoyed every minute!! Want to see it again!! The enthusiasm and energy of all the cast was amazing.

Reviewed on 14 December 2019 by , Pembroke, United Kingdom

Brilliantly funny

Reviewed on 12 December 2019 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

It was alright

Reviewed on 06 December 2019 by , St. Albans, United Kingdom


We enjoyed thoroughly

Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by , Shoham, Israel


It was funny from beginning to end; kept us all entertained!

Reviewed on 27 November 2019 by , Wokingham, United Kingdom

Hilarious! Superb. Could not stop laughing all the way from beginning to end. I feel so cheerful.

Hilarious! Superb. Could not stop laughing all the way from beginning to end. I feel so cheerful. The theatre upgraded the seats without any extra cost. That was a nice gesture and is much appreciated.

Reviewed on 13 November 2019 by , Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Clever , masterful comedy timing

Fantastic performance with amazing group of actors with amazing timing. So funny. Getting it wrong so right is fantastically complex but these guys make it look so easy. The only downside is the noise of the laughing audience. Would highly recommend a fun family evening.

Reviewed on 12 November 2019 by , Banff, United Kingdom

Fantastic show

Could not stop laughing to the extent I was crying,

Reviewed on 11 November 2019 by , Baildon, United Kingdom

Funny, funny, funny

A terrific evening out, light hearted family fun. A real throw back to the slapstick comedy days, all of the family were laughing out loud.

Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by , Ditton, United Kingdom

Time to LOL

Getting into the theater was tricky with the doors not being open and lines of folk waiting in the rain. Ugh. The show was good fun. It was lovely to spend time laughing out loud and with others. Best way ever to build a quick and caring community.

Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by , Tukwila, United States Of America


Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


My 13 year old and I went to see this yesterday afternoon for a treat and it was fantastic. We laughed the whole way through. It was silly and clumsy and a bit Frank spencerish but we loves it. Such a nice small intimate theatre too.

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Herne Bay, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Aldershot, United Kingdom


Seriously the best theatre show I’ve been to and I’ve been to loads!!

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Beckton, United Kingdom

ןA must see

I went alone to kill time between flights. I go to the theatre a lot and usually don't like comedies,but some friends recommended so I gave it a try. It made my day. Couldn't stop laughing.

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Hadera, Israel

crazy good

This is one of the best theatre shows I have gone to. The trailer doesn't do it credit at all. I was laughing about 90% of the time. It was fantastically well done and orchestred.

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , Langenfeld, Germany

Laughed so much my cheeks ached

Husband, me, son (15) and daughter (10) all laughed out loud throughout. Really great entertainment from the moment we took our seats before the performance to leaving. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , Burgess Hill, United Kingdom

One of the best!

We’ve had an amazing time and the show was one of the best we’ve been to. Extremely funny all the way through. Great acting and cast. Simply AMAZING!

Reviewed on 02 November 2019 by , Ashford, United Kingdom

Not what it seems

It is a nice play but thats it. Acting is good story is OK. The very longbbreak is somewhat disturbing.

Reviewed on 01 November 2019 by , Timrat, Israel


Reviewed on 28 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Very very funny

Music I gave a low score as it isn’t a musical at all. Reminds me of a Brian Rix play

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , Barry, United Kingdom

Laughing from start to finish

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , Dublin, Ireland

Pinpoint accurate slapstick, a theatrical joy of laughter

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Very funny

Great show. Very funny.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by , Middlesex, United Kingdom

Light hearted fun

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by , Christchurch, United Kingdom

Hilarious, exceptionally clever slapstick.

Do get there 15 minutes before it’s due to start. The ‘stage crew at work’ is not to be missed. My ribs ached from laughing 🤣. It exceeded expectations!

Reviewed on 24 October 2019 by , Old Hunstanton, United Kingdom

Highest density of laughter

Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Fun the whoe time

very entertaining. Plot is not important, it is the whole setting

Reviewed on 17 October 2019 by , Weerde, Belgium

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New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong

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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.

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