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%)
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
Really didn’t know what to expect and was laughing throughout from start to finish. I literally was crying with laughter 🤣 100% recommend this hilarious well written quality comedy acting with spot on comedy timing to all ages. Would definitely see it again 👌🏻👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Lorri Thomas
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Lorraine, Rotherhithe, United Kingdom
A good choice for some light-hearted fun. Not sure how to rate “music” as it isn’t a musical, however the choices for mood music/sound effects worked well enough so 5 stars. If anyone has been involved in or seen student/community amateur theater you will cringe with laughter as you recognize characters/moments in the show that you will have witnessed in real life. Went with my sister who giggled from beginning to end, I had quite a few big guffaws, we both walked away in a great mood enjoying some British-style humor but also in awe of the coordination of the whole thing - there were some moments that if off just a little could’ve had a horrible outcome. Wouldn’t recommend for families with very young children, but definitely a show that is enjoyable across a variety of generations, tween and up to elderly.
Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by Michelle, Darkan, Australia
The laugh points were for kids; you can see too many those type of silly things elsewhere, making these no longer laughable
Reviewed on 05 May 2019 by Daisy, London, United Kingdom
Well cast. A little muddled at the end, but a fun lighthearted evening.
Reviewed on 05 May 2019 by John, Port Coquitlam, Canada
So much fun from start to finish, highly recommended.
Reviewed on 29 April 2019 by Jo, Versoix, Switzerland
The show was funny start to the finish . We could feel all the actors were having a great time and so did we. We were impressed that the whole two of the show we were laughing every minute. After watching this performance we would definitely return with our children to watch again , reccomend to everyone. We are now looking to buy tickets to the other performances from this theatre company . Outstanding performance from all involved. Well done .
Reviewed on 29 April 2019 by Mark, Newbury, United Kingdom
Lame jokes, poor script and very tacky. Too stupid too talk about. I am gutted I’ve wasted so much money on this, when there are so many other outstanding shows on offer in London
Reviewed on 28 April 2019 by Ian, London, United Kingdom
Second time we have seen this show. Liked it so much in Southampton we met up with my sister and husband and saw it again in London.
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Ruth, Andover, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 April 2019 by Mihkel, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 April 2019 by Sandra, Middletown, United States Of America
V little more i cannot say.
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Debasish, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 April 2019 by Anita, Derby, United Kingdom
Unusual and very refreshing performance. You will laugh a lot
Reviewed on 18 April 2019 by Nicole, London, United Kingdom
We found the show entertaining and it made us laugh. The humour was mostly physical and slapstick. Clever
Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Olga, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 April 2019 by Robert, Reigate, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 April 2019 by Nicholas, London, United Kingdom
Hilarious, good laugh with my daughter(11) Thank you!
Reviewed on 06 April 2019 by Gaelle, Ware, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 April 2019 by Lyle, Apo Ae, United States Of America
Reviewed on 31 March 2019 by Aine, Ballingeary, Ireland
A very good comedy play. Giggled all the way through
Reviewed on 31 March 2019 by Jackie, Swindon, United Kingdom
Hilariously funny and just enjoyed my evening watching the show! I recommend to anyone
Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Frances, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Unbelievably well written play, superb acting, very very funny with a fantastic finale. Granny, myself and my teenager just loved it.
Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by Anne-marie, Bamber Bridge, United Kingdom
The show is so fast moving, very funny, well written and very well acted. It's so good and fast moving that you can't describe it, you have to see it.
Reviewed on 22 March 2019 by Alex Neil, Hull, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 March 2019 by Jane, Lincoln, United Kingdom
The play is extremely well scripted and the best laugh I have had in a long while. Take your seats at least 10 minutes prior to performance as there is some pre show laughs to be had.
Reviewed on 16 March 2019 by Susan, Horley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by Bethany, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by John, Taunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by Robert, Roswell, United States Of America
The humor was very "silly" and the way how it was performed made me feel relaxed. The play made me laugh for over two hours. It was progressing fluently, no weak spots.
Reviewed on 12 March 2019 by Mario, Jaklovce, Slovakia
Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by Daphne, Kesgrave Ipswich, United Kingdom
Laughed so much! Would love to watch another show by the same director
Reviewed on 17 February 2019 by Chloe, Hastings, United Kingdom
You really feel for the director trying to get his am dram in shape ! Superb
Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by Nik, Walkern, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by Christopher, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Paul, Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed on 12 February 2019 by Colin, Aylesford, United Kingdom
Bought these tickets as it was one of the few plays offering a Sunday evening performance. So glad we did. It was funny from start to finish. Bit Basil Fawlty meets St Trinians type humour.
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Bethan, Tavistock, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Lauren, Dagenham, United Kingdom
The show was ok. Some bits were very funny but a bit too much sillyness and not enough substance. Story line ok, but the who dunnit was all a bit rushed at the end.
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Kim, Burnham, United Kingdom
Less than the reviews however with a few good laughs, too much slap stick/farce.
Reviewed on 06 February 2019 by John, Brentwood, United Kingdom
I haven't seen a good farce in years and this was worth waiting for. The husband and I really enjoyed the show.
Reviewed on 04 February 2019 by Christine, Dublin 6w, Ireland
Reviewed on 04 February 2019 by Steve, Wonga Park, Australia
A brand new theatre experience for all to enjoy. Laugh out loud funny and put together by geniuses !
Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by Harry, Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 January 2019 by Natalia, London, United Kingdom
So funny! Took a few mins to explain the concept to my 7 yr old but once she understood the premise of the show she was in stitches too.
Reviewed on 28 January 2019 by Fatima, London, United Kingdom
I watched same comedy in Milan last friday and came to London to see the original!!! Fully enjoyable!
Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by Gabriella, Cusano Milanino, Italy
So much laughing, a sheer joy to watch. The first half was better than the second, but the whole thing was so great we are going to see one of their other shows today!
Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by Caroline, Thurlton, United Kingdom
The play "A Bank Robbery goes wrong" is funnier
Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by David, Faversham, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed the play, put together really well and some proper belly laughs had. All the cast worked together well and with the audience.
Reviewed on 21 January 2019 by Keith, Bampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 January 2019 by Edmund, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by Katrina, Mt. Prospect, United States Of America
Very funny and entertaining.
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Steve, Coppell, United States Of America
Laughed right through the entire show
Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by Elizabeth, Abbeyleix, Ireland
This was very entertaining and a very enjoyable show. The cast were excellent, the timing of the actors was impeccable. The audience in this small intimate theatre also seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show judging by the constant laughter.
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Brian, Orpington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Kirsty, Walton On Thames, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Kristen, Old Hunstanton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by Sarah, London, United Kingdom
Classic British farce with hilarious extra bits -all the time!. An impressive set managed marvellously (and bravely) by the actors. Haven't laughed so much at a play for decades.
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Peter, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Full of fun. Suitable for all ages.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Susan, Luton, United Kingdom
Unpredictable and good for a laugh.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Victoria, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Lovely small theater, I went with 2 teenage boys and they also thoroughly enjoyed it. Very funny and entertaining plus great acting. I would definitely recommend this show.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Bettina, Stockton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by David, Fareham, United Kingdom
The whole family, from 9 to 17 and mum and dad loves this.
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Juliet, Teddington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 December 2018 by Gustavo, Sunny Isles Beach, United States Of America
Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by Doris, Asheville, United States Of America
Real good comedy. I have not laughed as much in a show before. Fully recommend, great night with an extremely talented crew.
Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by Frits, Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by John, Mill Hill, United Kingdom
I took my partner to see the show after seeing it a few years back, we both thoroughly enjoyed it, there are so many clever elements to this show and the casts fantastic energy and the ingenious set design make me want to come back over and over
Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by Christina, Twyford, United Kingdom
Don't go! We came out in the interval, couldn't endure the 2nd half. Only laughable part was watching the occasional member of the audience laughing at non laughable scenes.
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Paul, Meopham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by Vered, Rishon Leziyon, Israel
Such a funny show with continuous laughter. Very clever and just a fun comedy for all the family
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Justin, Manilva, Spain
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Andrew, Wigton, United Kingdom
This show was brilliant! Hilarious from start to finish. 5 stars doesn’t seem enough! The Mischief Theatre were phenomenal!
Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by Samantha, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by Paul, Mount Lawley, Australia
Brilliant show! Actors were fantastic and I saw this because of the Bank Robbery that Goes Wrong! This play had me in tears....acting was consistent and all characters strong in their own right. Highly recommend anyone to see this and appropriate for all ages. Only downder is out seats were quite high (Although a good view of the main stage), when actors were on the platform, heads were cut off at some points, but nothing so bad where it ruined the play. Actors were very expressive with their body language, so didn't ruin anything! Make sure you see this!
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Hanna, Ilford, United Kingdom
Not to be missed.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Mona, Richmond, United Kingdom
The storyline and pace of the show was superb! I was stunned how fast intermission came around. My friends and I agreed we must truly be enjoying it as time flew by! Bravo
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Colin, City Of Hamilton, Bermuda
Really well produced, acted and choreographed. The show is a non-stop series of hugely funny scenes embracing a classical farce with well thought out dialogue throughout. A must see!
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Tim, Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Sabina, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Zdravko, Ichikawa, Japan
by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43
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
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