Duchess Theatre

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The Play That Goes Wrong

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4.7/5 - based on 1552 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+

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

tomorrow17th May 2022 7:30pm
Wednesday18th May 2022 7:30pm
Thursday19th May 2022 7:30pm
Friday20th May 2022 7:30pm
Saturday21st May 2022 2:30pm
Saturday21st May 2022 7:30pm

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The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1552 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (83%)
Families (89%)
Teenagers (88%)
Couples (90%)
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Latest customer reviews

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


Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Great show

Took my nephews (9 & 12) and they thought it was great, laughed all the way through.

Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Entertaining show

We had a good laugh during this show. Always difficult to fulfill high expectations as this show has top ratings and people say they laughed throughout. We found it funny and entertaining but also a bit silly. The actors are great though, especially Cecil.

Reviewed on 06 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


A great performance that had us laughing out loud! Thoroughly recommend.

Reviewed on 05 February 2022 by , Rudgwick, United Kingdom


I never expected this show to be as funny as it is. We were all sore laughing. On reflection I have such admiration for the actors - exquisite timing and extraodinary energy. I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants a night off thinking about what a mess the country and the world are in and how useless the government is. Go and have a good laugh and reset yourself.

Reviewed on 03 February 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


I became upset at the beginning with the reference to suicide (as there was no warning of this particularly when the play is a comedy) and it is a hugely personal and devastating subject for me. Also the term “committed suicide” was said which should never be used now as it has associations of criminality which is even more distressing. Maybe the script should be altered to eliminate this potential distress for theatre goers.

Reviewed on 30 January 2022 by , Kingswood, United Kingdom

Funny, always something going on

Reviewed on 30 January 2022 by , Wallingford, United Kingdom


Wasn’t sure what to expect still has me and my husband laughing a day after.

Reviewed on 30 January 2022 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Fabulous entertainment

Lovely small, atmospheric and intermit theatre. We felt we were part of the show. The show was so funny, brilliantly acted. Would thoroughly recommend for an evening of lighthearted entertainment.

Reviewed on 30 January 2022 by , Manningtree, United Kingdom

Brilliant show

Reviewed on 29 January 2022 by , Dagenham, United Kingdom

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

16 Jan
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.

New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world
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