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- Booking until: Sunday, 30 October 2022
- Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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- Booking until: Sunday, 30 October 2022
- Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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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The Play That Goes Wrong reviews
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Recommended for:Anyone (83%)
Latest customer reviews
Slick professional abd very funny. A much needed laughter opportunity
Reviewed on 05 December 2021 by Liz, Twickenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 December 2021 by Jai, Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed on 01 December 2021 by Luke, Edenbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 November 2021 by Sean, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Very funny some good stunts
Reviewed on 28 November 2021 by Mary, Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 November 2021 by Terence, Stafford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Ryan, Fetcham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by Ashley, South Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by Kamil, Warszawa, Poland
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 Magali, Pibrac, France
It fun and entertaining evening. Highly recommended
Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by Sebastian, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
I loved it but not so sure about my 11 year old Granddaughter. Brilliantly performed and very enjoyable.
Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by Gaynor, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 November 2021 by Chris, Oxford, United Kingdom
So funny from start to finish, a real “feel good” show. Had us laughing in our seats from the off. Easy to follow story line, actors brilliant (interacting well with the audience)
Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by Linda, Louth, United Kingdom
I laughed until I cried. Excellent acting, superb timing. Stage construction, amazing!
Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by Rachel, Milford Haven, United Kingdom
Exactly like the tv show, full on slapstick comedy. Am now appreciative of how skilful the actors have to be.
Reviewed on 20 November 2021 by Barry, Ascot, United Kingdom
A silly and joyful show.
Reviewed on 18 November 2021 by Rachel, Chippenham, United Kingdom
I was really looking forward to this as I have enjoyed the TV series very much but sadly it left me pretty underwhelmed. I cannot fault the endeavour of the cast but it was just far too silly and slapstick laden for my liking. I managed the occasional chuckle but I had expected so much more.
Reviewed on 17 November 2021 by Mark, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 November 2021 by Apostolia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 November 2021 by Anne-grethe, Stavanger, Norway
Reviewed on 13 November 2021 by Thomas, London, United Kingdom
Fast moving murder mystery totally bonkers. Be prepared to laugh out loud and join in a bit of audience participation.
Reviewed on 07 November 2021 by Christine, West Wickham, United Kingdom
Cast was great, really unique, laugh out loud play.must see.
Reviewed on 04 November 2021 by Connie, Essex, United Kingdom
Funny show,pitty the chair was very small and uncomfortable. No room to put your arms.
Reviewed on 02 November 2021 by Phillip, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 November 2021 by Nathanial, London, United Kingdom
Only go to see The Play that Goes Wrong if you like very poor jokes and want to sit through 2 hours of one-dimensional entertainment. It's unfunny to the degree that you wonder whether the people you can hear laughing are planted in the audience. It's embarrassing at times and you feel for the cast, having to work with this script. Generally, it would be fun for children under 10, and should be marketed as such.
Reviewed on 01 November 2021 by Tim, Reading, United Kingdom
it was perfect. we couldn't stop laughing and we are definitely going to recommend it to everyone we know :)
Reviewed on 31 October 2021 by Tamar, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Reviewed on 31 October 2021 by Victoria, Rugby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2021 by Ayala, Ramat Gan, Israel
Really funny show, acted well as though it was the first time and the “mishaps” were for real.
Reviewed on 26 October 2021 by Adam, Swindon, United Kingdom
None stop hillarity from start to ginish with superb acting. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the show.
Reviewed on 25 October 2021 by Colin, Grimsby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 October 2021 by Carol, Waltham Cross, United Kingdom
A fantastic show. Great fun, really well put together and a brilliant evening.
Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by James, London, United Kingdom
The play was absolutely great. Extremely funny. It's for sure a must see!
Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by Bianca, London, United Kingdom
This was a very funny production. Well worth seeing, would watch again and would try similar titles.
Reviewed on 18 October 2021 by Madeleine, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Cried laughing, told everyone how good it was. Says it all really
Reviewed on 17 October 2021 by Andrew, Huyton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 October 2021 by Kevin, Cork City, Ireland
Reviewed on 16 October 2021 by Orla, Navan, Ireland
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 Nancy, Pentrecwrt, United Kingdom
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 Israel, 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 Lawrence, Pahrump, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 October 2021 by Bryan, Helena, United States Of America
Reviewed on 07 October 2021 by Helen, Flensburg, Germany
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 Callan, London, United Kingdom
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 Jay, Aveley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 October 2021 by Antonino, Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 October 2021 by Maggie, Leigh On Sea, United Kingdom
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 Sharon, Darlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 September 2021 by Abdus, Essex, United Kingdom
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 Adrian, Belfast, United Kingdom
Ok for children but very poor quality for adults
Reviewed on 26 September 2021 by Diane, Poulton, United Kingdom
I found the show quite funny, funnier than I expected to be precise.
Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Dogus, Stevenage, United Kingdom
Extremely funny from beginning to end.
Reviewed on 24 September 2021 by Simon, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
The farce is with you. Brilliant.
Reviewed on 19 September 2021 by James, Stamford, United Kingdom
Verbal and slapstick comedy at its best.
Reviewed on 18 September 2021 by Tony, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 September 2021 by Nelly, Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 August 2021 by Mary, Ballina, Ireland
Reviewed on 20 August 2021 by Debbie, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Such great fun for the whole family. My kids and I loved it!
Reviewed on 16 August 2021 by Carlo, Bicester, United Kingdom
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 Martin, Preston, United Kingdom
Could not stop laughing, loved it!
Reviewed on 13 August 2021 by Jane, Heysham, United Kingdom
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 Jean, Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 July 2021 by Beata, Southwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 July 2021 by Tommy, London, United Kingdom
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 Charles, Exeter, United Kingdom
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 Rachel, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Should have been humorously bad, Just cringingly bad
Reviewed on 20 June 2021 by Jenny, Stroud, United Kingdom
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 Anne-marie, Weybridge, United Kingdom
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 Jeanette, Brentwood, United Kingdom
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 Martin, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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 Peter, Eye, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 March 2020 by David, Swansea, United Kingdom
A real laugh a minute. Cheers anyone up when the world is all doom and gloom!
Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Sarah, Colchester, United Kingdom
A lovely,inoffensive friendly show that had everyone laughing and smiling
Reviewed on 13 March 2020 by Peter, Luton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 March 2020 by Ilona, Bolton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 March 2020 by Adrian, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 March 2020 by Soren, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by Minas, Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by Debbie, Sellindge, United Kingdom
Incredibly good timing, some really impressive stunts, excellent physical acting and all round terrific performances. It's great.
Reviewed on 24 February 2020 by Richard, Fairford, United Kingdom
Very entertaining and funny.
Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Patricia, Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 February 2020 by Davina, Pinner, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 February 2020 by Kjartan, Selfoss, Iceland
Reviewed on 03 February 2020 by Simon, Selby, United Kingdom
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 Simon, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 January 2020 by Bhavik, London, United Kingdom
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 Jeremy, Heathfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 January 2020 by Maarit, Espoo, Finland
Reviewed on 24 January 2020 by Maureen, Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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 Brian, Chelsea, United Kingdom
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 Ralph, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by Martyna, Ambleside, United Kingdom
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 Amanda, Winslow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by Joanna, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Very funny - slapstick comedy-our family really enjoyed the play.
Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by Robert, Priors Marston, United Kingdom
Really funny show, fits of laughter,great improvisation where needed
Reviewed on 22 December 2019 by Dave, Bromley, United Kingdom
Some laughs but tedious in parts
Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Barbara, Streat, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Jeremy, Singapore, Singapore
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 James, Westcliff-on-sea, United Kingdom
Loved it & have taken friends a couple of times now Thank you
Reviewed on 16 December 2019 by Geoff, Shropshire, United Kingdom
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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