Suitable for ages 8+
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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What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (83%)
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 Hridaya, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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 Fraser, Banff, United Kingdom
Could not stop laughing to the extent I was crying,
Reviewed on 11 November 2019 by Rita, Baildon, United Kingdom
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 Nick, Ditton, United Kingdom
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 Val, Tukwila, United States Of America
Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by Keren, 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 Ann, Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by Marijana, Aldershot, United Kingdom
Seriously the best theatre show I’ve been to and I’ve been to loads!!
Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by Runa, Beckton, United Kingdom
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 Nilli, Hadera, Israel
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 Sally, Langenfeld, Germany
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 Susanna, Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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 Anna, Ashford, United Kingdom
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 Sharon, Timrat, Israel
Reviewed on 28 October 2019 by Alexis, London, United Kingdom
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 Ruth, Barry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by Niamh, Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by Franky, London, United Kingdom
Great show. Very funny.
Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Jennie, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kate, Christchurch, United Kingdom
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 Christine, Old Hunstanton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by Olga, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
very entertaining. Plot is not important, it is the whole setting
Reviewed on 17 October 2019 by Raymond, Weerde, Belgium
Reviewed on 15 October 2019 by Pauline, Kortenberg, Belgium
bravo to the actors and the script writers
Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by Ruth, Malta, Malta
Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by Michael, Wokingham, United Kingdom
Great little theatre which is easy to get to and a brilliant production. The evening flew by so fast. Good, clean, very funny, entertainment skilfully is executed. A completely hilarious shambles.
Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by Gary, Burnley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by James, Henley On Thames, United Kingdom
I haven’t laughed so much for ages. Good story excellent acting, timing impeccable, so necessary for a farce. Reminiscent of the original Whitehall farces. And I loved the theatre, first visit to this one. Staff friendly and helpful. ,
Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by June, Fareham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by Beverley, Oswestry, United Kingdom
Really terrific, well done
Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by Alison, Luton, United Kingdom
This is a very funny play but is about 20 minutes too long and the humour became somewhat lost when things get a wee bit manic on stage. My husband loved it. I enjoyed it. The first 20-30 mi it’s were very funny but second act less so with a lot of shouting. It was worth the price of the ticket tho.
Reviewed on 04 October 2019 by Annemarie, Swords, Ireland
I defy anyone not to laugh at the goings on in this play. I have seen it 6 times and love it. Go and enjoy yourself. Excellent evening
Reviewed on 01 October 2019 by Meg, London, United Kingdom
Excellent show. I saw it three years ago locally and it was just as funny this time. Ideal for all the family.
Reviewed on 30 September 2019 by Derek, Bracknell, United Kingdom
A really funny comedy of errors ..... all the family loved it !!
Reviewed on 30 September 2019 by Barry, Cobham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Israel, Netanya, Israel
What a load of rubbish. Very slapstick comedy which was not funny. We left half way through.
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Annika, Woodbridge, United Kingdom
One of the funniest British Farce comedies ever. Excellently acted by the cast. Never again will I drink a whisky without remembering this show
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Simon, Halifax, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Meghna, Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Had a lovely afternoon watching ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’. Had a barrel of laughs and felt part of the act as had front row seats and with loads of leg room. Would recommend this show to all age groups. Well done and thank you 😁
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Bali, Hayes, United Kingdom
A light hearted, very entertaining production. Suitable for everyone...NO BAD LANGUAGE, hurrah, such a refreshing change from TV productions that are littered with swearing. Well done to the production team.
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by William, Warrington, United Kingdom
Amazing laughter therapy. I loved the play
Reviewed on 25 September 2019 by Diane, Lords Valley, United States Of America
Reviewed on 23 September 2019 by Victoria, Lansing, United States Of America
Reviewed on 23 September 2019 by Orna Ben Natan, Kfar Saba, Israel
We went there in family. Hilarious time, we laughed form the beginning to the very end. A must go
Reviewed on 22 September 2019 by Emmanuel, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 September 2019 by Katherine, Grays, United Kingdom
It's literally an interesting and funny show. It's been a long time since I laughed that hard.
Reviewed on 21 September 2019 by Yongju, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by Mark, London, United Kingdom
Chose the show by random to finish off a few days in London. What a marvelous way to end it. Laughed from start to finish. The cast were excellent and we had a very clear view of the stage. Lovely little theatre and should definitely be one to go see
Reviewed on 19 September 2019 by Theresa, Dundee, United Kingdom
I had just come to see this show because I am visiting London and wanted to get an experience of London's theatre culture but I didn't stop laughing throughout the show and there was a big smile on my face all the way back home. A definite must see for everyone.
Reviewed on 19 September 2019 by Jay, Mumbai, India
Very enjoyable show, great escapism for a couple of hours
Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by Keith, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Just not funny. Does not compare with the Bank Robbery that Goes Wrong
Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by Joseph, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 September 2019 by Azzam, Amman, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by Graham, Lane Cove North, Australia
Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Surinder, London, United Kingdom
the show was good.initially i was a but lost and couldnt understand the plot.during the interval i read about it and then only could i relate to the whole act. i was a bit confused but at the same time it was funny at places.
Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by Mridu, Ilford, United Kingdom
Great fun. Fabulous cast who worked their socks off but don’t ask me what the plot was !
Reviewed on 03 September 2019 by Peter, Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Even before the show starts the cast are in the audience setting the scene. The whole show is ridiculous but just so funny. The cast play it for all the laughs and include the scenery. A most enjoyable couple of hours.
Reviewed on 02 September 2019 by John, Leeds, United Kingdom
This was the second time that I was seeing the show and I enjoyed it as much thoroughly both times. Great acting and hilarious storyline. Could not stop laughing. If you are looking for a fun and wonderfully entertaining evening out then this is the show for you.
Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by Lisa, Bogis-bossey, Switzerland
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Caron, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Lots of laughs. Lovable characters. There were just one or two scenes where repetition is a bit over done. The action is however very cleverly synchronised and while predictable the theatre was filled with sounds of raucous laughter.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Helen, Addlestone, United Kingdom
First time into a theater I was not disappointed. Excellent show, simple yet unforgettable. Make sure you arrive earlier than stated time. And actors seemed happy to sign programmes at the stage door.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Scott, Red Deer, Canada
Absolutely hilarious. Got a sore throat from laughing so much. Actors worked their socks off. Thoroughly enjoyable For any age group. Highly recommend
Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by Susan, Christchurch, United Kingdom
Great evening entertainment. Suitable for whole family
Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by Nigel, Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Azade, Ely, United Kingdom
What a fabulous funny evening!
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Sophie, Kings Cliffe, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Lanna, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Kenneth, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by Ryan, Clapham, United Kingdom
We had a great evening
Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by Martin, Ashtead, United Kingdom
This play had things going on all of the time. There was no way I could fall asleep and I am well known for doing that at the best if times.everyone from children to pensioners were laughing throughout. Get there early as the actors start setting the scene about 15 to 20 mins before the formal start time.
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Martin, Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Really disappointed in the quality of the show. It wasn’t really funny and we left at the interval.
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Michael, Chantilly, United States Of America
Went to see the second time and still managed to make me laugh. It is absolute must for anyone if you want a good two hours of joy.
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Akos, London, United Kingdom
Suitable to anyone and acting were great.
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Luisa, Tonbridge , Kent, United Kingdom
Very funny, great acting, friendly atmosphere
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Agnieszka, Tuam, Ireland
Reviewed on 03 August 2019 by Carlos, Lleida, Spain
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by Cynthia, Lethbridge, Canada
An hilarious production of disaster and mayhem Side splitting laughter from all in the audience A great night out
Reviewed on 20 July 2019 by Jennifer, Granton, Australia
This show was everything I expected and more! It’s not only a brilliant slapstick comedy, but a smart one as well. The writing is perfect, so it’s the cast. I’ve loved every minute of it. A must see! Make sure to come a few minutes early because the show starts before the show starts!
Reviewed on 19 July 2019 by Karolina, Dublin, Ireland
Was written up as hilarious and it was. We were laughing before the official show even started. You had to keep your eyes everywhere as it unfolded. A great night out.
Reviewed on 06 July 2019 by Margot, Ryde, Australia
Reviewed on 05 July 2019 by Heather, Orpington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 July 2019 by Patricia, Prestwick, United Kingdom
If you like sheer farce, this is the show for you. But it wasn't just slapstick: there was also some very clever comic timing and deceptively difficult dialogue. And what happens to the set was also a theatrical miracle! Best of all, the cast seemed to be having as much fun as the audience, and they clearly wanted the audience to have a good time. Lots of the audience weren't first-language English speakers, but they still enjoyed the visual gags a lot.
Reviewed on 04 July 2019 by Daniel, Swansea, United Kingdom
Extremely silly and very funny. Took two eleven year old girls who giggled throughout and applauded loudly. Probably one of the funniest shows I have ever seen; saw it four years ago when it first openened and still found it great, spotting different things this time. Can't wait to take the children to Peter Pan Goes Wrong at xmas. The acting and directions are first class with a stunning set.
Reviewed on 28 June 2019 by Carolyn, London, United Kingdom
Definitely a must see, from start to finish I was proper belly laughing. I want to come back again but this time bring my kids.
Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by Daniel, Billericay, United Kingdom
Absolutely fantastic show, loved how they involved the audience, it made us feel like we're part of the show too! The comedy was top class and hats off to everyone there for a play that's meant to go wrong!
Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by Gurdeep, Stanmore, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 June 2019 by Peter, Ivybridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 June 2019 by Svenja, Baden, Austria
Absolutely incredible, the detail of everything was just so outstanding. Cried of laughter through all of it and the atmosphere in the theatre was huge. The characters are incredible too just really really well directed. In love with all characters and will be returning to their shows all the time and would strongly recommend anybody to go and watch and just enjoy it!!
Reviewed on 09 June 2019 by Emily, Cannock, United Kingdom
....and excellent participation with the audience!
Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by Patrick, Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by Holly, Taylorsville, United States Of America
Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by Mike, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
This is a well acomplished comedy. They get you into the story and make you laugh. It is said that is easier to make people cry than laugh. Well, these actors accomplish that.
Reviewed on 05 June 2019 by Alfonso, Eagle Pass, United States Of America
Saw it now for the 5th time. Too funny.
Reviewed on 04 June 2019 by Monique, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by Henri, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Philip, Cheslyn Hay, United Kingdom
Fantastically funny play and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a light hearted and funny play with great actors .
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Karen, Wigan, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 May 2019 by Kostadin, London, United Kingdom
This show is a must see, The show is hilarious and the cast give their heart and soul to their performances .The actors are rewarded by a jubilant and enthusiastic audience from start to finish. If you had any cares or worries when you arrived at the theatre I guarantee they will disappear while you watch this show and you will definitely leave the theatre a happy bunny!
Reviewed on 14 May 2019 by Rosemary, Broadstairs Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 May 2019 by James, Herndon, United States Of America
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by Oliver Mitford | Monday, July 13 2015, 12:41
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