Duchess Theatre

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The Play That Goes Wrong

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4.7/5 - based on 1599 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 2 April 2023
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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About The Play That Goes Wrong

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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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+

Important Information

You will receive an email to confirm your booking with us. 48 hours before performance you will receive a pre-visit email from the venue including a link to check in.

You will be required to confirm that no members or your party have Covid-19 symptoms. After check-in your eticket will be sent to you by the venue within 24 hours.

Once in the venue you will be required to wear a face covering and you will have your temperature checked. Please note that social distancing will be in place at this venue. In rare cases this may necessitate us contacting you in order to amend your seat details in line with social distancing requirements.

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

today17th Aug 2022 7:30pm
tomorrow18th Aug 2022 7:30pm
Friday19th Aug 2022 7:30pm
Saturday20th Aug 2022 2:30pm
Saturday20th Aug 2022 7:30pm
Sunday21st Aug 2022 3:00pm

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The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1599 reviews

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Latest customer reviews

Loved the show - original script great actors great timing

Reviewed on 11 August 2022 by , Tralee, Ireland

timing is amazing

With all the tragedy in the world, it was nice to sit back and laugh. Loved the slapstick humor.

Reviewed on 09 August 2022 by , Lethbridge, Canada


Best show i have ever seen

Reviewed on 08 August 2022 by , Berlin, Germany

The best

Reviewed on 07 August 2022 by , Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom


Oh we needed so much a couple of hours trouble free and the show have delivered. I can't remember last time when I laughed so much for continuous 2h. Definitely recommend to anyone who need some laugh and happy tears.

Reviewed on 01 August 2022 by , New Haw, United Kingdom

If you miss it… you’ll regret it… so much:)

A pure laugh is what all of us really need… and this show strikes you to the point. They are extraordinary performers and the structure is great! Do yourself a favour: do NOT miss it!:)

Reviewed on 01 August 2022 by , San Lazzaro Di Savena, Italy

Must see

Absolutely amazing show! Me and my husband didn’t stop laughing my cheek bones were aching by the end 😂

Reviewed on 31 July 2022 by , Canvey Island, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 31 July 2022 by , Kildare, Ireland

Saved the best for last in London.

Reviewed on 27 July 2022 by , Pittsburg, United States Of America


Hilarious performance, brilliant acting, best comedy I’ve seen in a long time, surpassed expectations!

Reviewed on 19 July 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Great night out for all

Reviewed on 16 July 2022 by , Ashbourne, Ireland

A let down. Thought it would be a great show , based on Reviews but unfortunately not.

Storyline just does not cut it.

Reviewed on 11 July 2022 by , Hermanus, South Africa


Soo funny, a great evening and well worth being in our seats early! Thank you to you all x

Reviewed on 10 July 2022 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

Carefully crafted and well timed series of mishaps. Good laugh

Reviewed on 10 July 2022 by , Cape Town, South Africa

2nd viewing and still laughing

Went see this 4 or 5 years ago.i had a friend come over from Denmark and just knew I had to take him to see it. Some different cast members but still funny as hell. British comedy at its best

Reviewed on 08 July 2022 by , Wellingborough, United Kingdom

An all action comedy, so funny with excellent timing

Reviewed on 28 June 2022 by , Ashford, United Kingdom

So much fun!

I had one free evening in London when I was visiting for business and knew that this was the play I wanted to see. It's so clever and combines slapstick and (quite impressive) physical comedy with excellent comedic writing. To anyone who has ever seen or participated in community theatre, it's a must-see.

Reviewed on 22 June 2022 by , Aurora, United States Of America

Comedy at its best!

Reviewed on 21 June 2022 by , Mission Viejo, United States Of America

Best show so far

Reviewed on 20 June 2022 by , Bristol, United Kingdom

Lighthearted all age show

Enjoyed the show. A bit of fun and suitable for any age. Not as funny as I’d expected but could be because we’ve seen on tv so knew what to expect. Theatre quite small and has intimate feel.

Reviewed on 19 June 2022 by , Warwick, United Kingdom

Absolutely hilarious

Reviewed on 13 June 2022 by , Rambouillet, France

Most amazing show

Reviewed on 12 June 2022 by , Montréal, Canada

Laugh out loud must see

Reviewed on 11 June 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Travel 4000 miles from Canada to laugh your #$$ off. Jolly well done!

Loved this show. Audience was invited and encouraged to become involved. Great fun and amazing set design. Can’t wait to see it when they get the kinks worked out🤣

Reviewed on 10 June 2022 by , Southampton, Canada

Extremely funny and even sharper for regular theatre-goers

I have great experience seeing plays of all types. I took a 19 year old, inexperienced theatre-goer who has some learning challenges and she loved it because it was easy to follow, laugh-out loud funny and even if she didn't get the more sutble jokes, she thorougly enjoyed the production as did I.

Reviewed on 09 June 2022 by , Mckinleyville, United States Of America


Reviewed on 07 June 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


A fun and light show

Reviewed on 05 June 2022 by , Muelheim, Germany

Fab performance but needs a more progressive script

The acting was brilliant, their comic timing and ability was superb! I cannot fault any of the actors or directors; they are extremely talented. However, I feel as though the female actors were cheated with a script that made most of their humour sexualised despite all those actors having the ability to be comical in other ways. I was disappointed that even the female cast members who were acting as stage hands were also put into a position that grinding against another of the actors was supposed to be humorous; it was instead uncomfortable. Act 2 could do with a polish of the script. It was difficult to follow and at times it’s attempt at humour was lost in its absurdity. That being said, the concept was brilliant, and a classic stage tale. I thought the stage production was incredible and the comic timing was perfection. I also enjoyed the audience interaction during the interlude and prelude which set up jokes within the play brilliantly. I really like these actors, however, I feel as though this script could do with an update to make it more enjoyable and fluid in its story-telling - especially in the ending scenes.

Reviewed on 03 June 2022 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Unorthodox story, which is what makes this special

Reviewed on 30 May 2022 by , Coulsdon, United Kingdom

Want to be an actor? This is the place.

Reviewed on 30 May 2022 by , Les Arcs Sur Argens, France


Hysterically funny. The actors were amazing with their comedic timing. We loved it!!

Reviewed on 29 May 2022 by , Redondo Beach, United States Of America

Fantastic FARCE

High class physical comedy at its Harild Llyod best. Love the Duran Duran references and audience participation. Cheeky, zany and deliciously corny!!

Reviewed on 29 May 2022 by , Bray, Ireland

Amazing, hilarious, would see again and again!

Reviewed on 27 May 2022 by , Sutton, United Kingdom

Must see!

Reviewed on 25 May 2022 by , Vanløse, Denmark

Can’t stop laughing

Excellent show with a great cast. View of the stage was good and intermission refreshments bubbly and cool. Loved it.

Reviewed on 22 May 2022 by , Calgary, Canada


Great show,

Reviewed on 21 May 2022 by , Bleadon, United Kingdom

Great fun

Reviewed on 20 May 2022 by , Statesville, United States Of America


I usually generally have a good sense of humour but I found this show poor. I smiled a few times but thought it too ridiculous. I was so disappointed and although the cost was expensive I decided to leave at the interval. It might have been that the second half was funnier…. but I was too disappointed to carry on. A lot of the audience seemed to find it amusing…..I really couldn’t see why!

Reviewed on 14 May 2022 by , Cleethorpes, United Kingdom

Hilarious slapstick humor

We laughed and laughed. Cheap show, lots of fun. Must see!!

Reviewed on 13 May 2022 by , Indianapolis, United States Of America


Good old fashioned slapstick comedy with no bad language!

Reviewed on 10 May 2022 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Play that Goes Wrong is so Wright 😉

What a show. Brilliant from start to finish. Great cast and so funny. Front of house and all the staff were lovely. Would highly recommend

Reviewed on 10 May 2022 by , Kilmallock, Ireland

Very entertaining show

Good laugh, sometimes a bit chringy, very entertaining, do not expect serious theater or surprising story

Reviewed on 07 May 2022 by , Leiden, Netherlands

Worth the trip from California!

So much fun. Very delightful.

Reviewed on 05 May 2022 by , Sacramento, United States Of America

Hilarious from start to finish!

This production was recommended as we loved the TV series (The Goes Wrong Show), from the moment we sat down to the end of the evening we were entertained and laughed until we cried!…This production doesn’t disappoint and will have you laughing all the way through it’s hilarious twists and turns and prop malfunctions.

Reviewed on 01 May 2022 by , Tavistock, United Kingdom

Laughter all the way

Great seats, row H dress circle. Laughed from start to finish. Would really need to see it again as I am sure I missed some great lines. Go and see it, you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed on 29 April 2022 by , Coleraine, United Kingdom



Reviewed on 27 April 2022 by , Middlesex, United Kingdom

Hilarious take on the crime format

Reviewed on 24 April 2022 by , Melbourne, Australia


Hilarious! Laughed from start to finish. Brilliant for adults and kids alike! Loved it!

Reviewed on 16 April 2022 by , Willingham, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 14 April 2022 by , Enfield, United Kingdom

Just simply EXCELLENT !!

This show is a MUST if you are a fan of the popular TV series ..it didnt fail to deliver on any level , from the moment the "stage hands & sound engineer" entered the stage it was non stop laughing , fantastic energy and acting from all concerned ,if you want to buy memorabilia you can get it at theatre reception ,there`s not a dedicated stall which can be confusing when looking around to purchase items . All in all a brilliant show i cant rate it highly enough 5 stars doesnt really do it justice

Reviewed on 13 April 2022 by , Luton, United Kingdom

A wonderfully accomplished performance which had myself and my grandson in fits of laughter. Great visual memories

Reviewed on 11 April 2022 by , Oxford, United Kingdom

A laugh out loud must see.

Reviewed on 11 April 2022 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

Hilarious feel good experience

Reviewed on 10 April 2022 by , Stottesdon, United Kingdom

A must see

Everything about the show was great. Hilarious & the actors were fantastic

Reviewed on 10 April 2022 by , Herts, United Kingdom

Sidesplittingly funny

I have never laughed so much for years. I absolutely would recommend this to anyone who likes a well acted, fast moving, brilliantly choreographed and hilarious play.

Reviewed on 06 April 2022 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Belly laughing!!

Reviewed on 02 April 2022 by , Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom

Great show - makes you laugh out loud

Reviewed on 31 March 2022 by , Banbury, United Kingdom


Loved the show,timings were perfect and the plot was good,plus all the stunts in between!!!Very funny..lots of laughs..

Reviewed on 28 March 2022 by , Leicestershire, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by , Kings Sutton, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by , Geashill, Ireland

Not to be missed!

A fabulous, hilarious, very clever & brilliantly acted play! Never stopped laughing. Thankyou!

Reviewed on 25 March 2022 by , Wigan, United Kingdom

Very entertaining!

Great fun,lively and felt the audience was included in the mayhem. Very cleverly executed.

Reviewed on 24 March 2022 by , Orpington, United Kingdom

Hilarious traditional farce

None stop laugh out loud bedlam , a traditional British farce . From start to finish the whole play was hilarious with the audience in stitches throughout . All the characters were strong and full of energy . I’ve seen this play twice now over 4 years . Content is suitable for most of the family but I’m not sure younger teens would appreciate the traditional farce element of the play . 10 out of 10 from my friend and I .

Reviewed on 24 March 2022 by , York, United Kingdom

Two hours of pure craziness

Reviewed on 24 March 2022 by , Ramat Gan, Israel


Very funny, very well acted. Great entertainment.

Reviewed on 21 March 2022 by , Malmesbury, United Kingdom


Never stopped laughing. Brilliant entertainment

Reviewed on 21 March 2022 by , Blackwood, United Kingdom

Can someone pick me up from the floor

So funny keep it up

Reviewed on 20 March 2022 by , Old Kilpatrick, United Kingdom

Laughs right from the start

I was laughing all the way through. Good family fun, it is possible to be funny without being profane. The slapstick was amazing. Well done all the cast.

Reviewed on 20 March 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Very funny

Wonderful cast and lots of laughs!

Reviewed on 18 March 2022 by , Woking, United Kingdom

Funny and creative story. Must see!

Reviewed on 17 March 2022 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom

Frolickingly funny

A good wholesome giggle it made me laugh it made me cry and even the odd snort or three An easy funny night at the theatre

Reviewed on 16 March 2022 by , Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Joyous Theatre!

Absolutely joy of a show. Brilliantly funny and highly original. I am so happy I bought last minute tickets. Go see this show you won’t regret it!

Reviewed on 15 March 2022 by , Glendale, United States Of America

Could Not Stop Laughing

Reviewed on 15 March 2022 by , The Villages, United States Of America

Childish humour done smartly.

Reviewed on 13 March 2022 by , Newcastle, United Kingdom

Laughs from start to finish

Took the opportunity to see this show whilst in London for a few days.As a fan of the Mischief gang I was not disappointed at all. Even the wife laughed throughout- no mean feat.

Reviewed on 10 March 2022 by , Wallsend, United Kingdom

Never had so much fun before in a theatre. Must see!

Reviewed on 09 March 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Absolutely brilliant!

We laughed all the way through it was fantastic! I booked the tickets the night before and it was well worth it. The cast were brilliant, made me laugh out loud and my face ached because of the laughing.

Reviewed on 06 March 2022 by , Sunderland, United Kingdom

Laugh a minute

Excellent energy hilariously funny from start to finish!

Reviewed on 06 March 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Fits of Laughter

Thanks for the laughs, fun and memories we now have to share

Reviewed on 06 March 2022 by , Sunbury-on-thames, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 05 March 2022 by , Diss, United Kingdom


Couldn't stop laughing. So much happening on stage you were looking everywhere. Really really talented actors. Absolutely brilliant. Worth every penny.

Reviewed on 03 March 2022 by , Crewe, United Kingdom

A must-see if you like physical comey

This is a masterpiece of timing and physical comedy and is clever enough to delivery a lot of unexpected gags. There are many that come as less of a surprise but all executed brilliantly. make sure you are seated 10 minutes before the show starts as it begins early.

Reviewed on 03 March 2022 by , Binfield, United Kingdom

Excellent in how everything goes wrong!

Reviewed on 02 March 2022 by , Maarssen, Netherlands

Laugh out loud, must see

Reviewed on 01 March 2022 by , Dorking, United Kingdom

Hilarious show

Show started exactly on time. Funny from start to end. Lots of action on stage and very humorous dialogue throughout. Actors were engaging with the audience. Break was long enough to get a refreshment etc. Very pleasant and helpful staff. We were allowed to bring our own coffee and cake which was fantastic. There is a bespoke cake shop just on the corner of the theatre so great if you want to get a coffee etc during a break.

Reviewed on 01 March 2022 by , Bromley, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 28 February 2022 by , Sutton, United Kingdom

Great laugh

I saw the play yesterday with my 14 years old daughter and 9 years old son. We all truly enjoyed and have a tons of laughs. 100% worth it to see.

Reviewed on 28 February 2022 by , Harrow, United Kingdom

Very funny

Reviewed on 26 February 2022 by , Liss, United Kingdom


Utterly brilliant, we were all crying with laughter

Reviewed on 25 February 2022 by , Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Great family night out

Reviewed on 25 February 2022 by , Hull, United Kingdom


We thought we knew what to expect as we’d watched the tv series however it was even better. A 5* performance.

Reviewed on 24 February 2022 by , Rochdale, United Kingdom

Hilariously entertaining

Brilliant from start to finish. Comic timing, warm cast who were exceptional. Fun for all the family. Amazing set too when it stood up.

Reviewed on 24 February 2022 by , Bransgore, United Kingdom

All age fabulous fun

Brought all our kids ranging from 7-18. Everyone laughed - even the moody teens! Big success.

Reviewed on 18 February 2022 by , Richmond, United Kingdom

Well worth a look

Reviewed on 15 February 2022 by , Tonbridge, United Kingdom


the show was funny well written

Reviewed on 14 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

A great fun evening entertainment

Very funny. A great fun night out. Just what we need after 2 years of Covid.

Reviewed on 14 February 2022 by , Tewin, United Kingdom


Very funny

Reviewed on 13 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Timing Impeccable

Just excellent in every way. View was perfect, although the seats not great for lower back issues. (Take a cushion). Funny from start to finish and my 15 year old son absolutely loved it!

Reviewed on 13 February 2022 by , Leigh, United Kingdom


One of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a very long time, the actors bounced well off each other and had incredible chemistry.

Reviewed on 12 February 2022 by , South Croydon, United Kingdom

Really funny

Reviewed on 10 February 2022 by , Leicester, United Kingdom

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Phil Willmott

New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world

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, 12:41

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