Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA GB

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets

4.7/5
based on 1122 reviews

Duchess Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 27 October 2019

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+
 


Booking until:
Sunday, 27 October 2019

Running time:
2 hours 5 minutes

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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Press Reviews

A masterpiece of malfunction The Times

It’s as though The Mousetrap has been taken over by Monty Python What's On Stage

I feared I was going to hyperventilate Daily Mail

Customer Reviews

What to expect:

Acting

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Story

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Recommended for:

Anyone
83%
Families
88%
Teenagers
88%
Couples
91%
Theatregoers
93%

based on 1122 reviews

Alex Neil

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.


London Box Office customer

Very funny

London Box Office customer

Hilarious

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.


London Box Office customer

Very funny and enjoyable play

London Box Office customer

Hilarious!

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Old time Comedy

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Funny

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.


London Box Office customer

Insane

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Hilarious

Laughed so much! Would love to watch another show by the same director


London Box Office customer

Excellent performance

You really feel for the director trying to get his am dram in shape ! Superb


London Box Office customer

Cheeks are sore from laughing. Great show

London Box Office customer

Local theatrical production goes bonkers, Hilarity ensues!

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P T G W

FFFFFFFFFANTASTIC


London Box Office customer

lots of laugh out moments

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.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious

London Box Office customer

Funny and very silly

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.


London Box Office customer

Hard work.

Less than the reviews however with a few good laughs, too much slap stick/farce.


London Box Office customer

Lots of fun!

I haven't seen a good farce in years and this was worth waiting for. The husband and I really enjoyed the show.


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Calamitous

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Hysterical !

A brand new theatre experience for all to enjoy. Laugh out loud funny and put together by geniuses !


London Box Office customer

Very enjoyable, a must see!

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Wet your pants hilarious!

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.


London Box Office customer

hilarious to tears

I watched same comedy in Milan last friday and came to London to see the original!!! Fully enjoyable!


London Box Office customer

Such a brilliant show!

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!


London Box Office customer

Very good

The play "A Bank Robbery goes wrong" is funnier


London Box Office customer

Proper belly laughs.

Really enjoyed the play, put together really well and some proper belly laughs had. All the cast worked together well and with the audience.


London Box Office customer

So funny I would see again..

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Definitely recommended

London Box Office customer

Very funny and entertaining.


London Box Office customer

Funny

Laughed right through the entire show


London Box Office customer

Very Entertaining

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.


London Box Office customer

Uproariously funny!

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Wonderful

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Good clean humour

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Could't stop laughing

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.


London Box Office customer

Marvellous family entertainment

Full of fun. Suitable for all ages.


London Box Office customer

Funny night out

Unpredictable and good for a laugh.


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Very funny

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.


London Box Office customer

I laughed so much, I could have died..... with what went on on stage I was surprised no one did... It all went so wrong!!!

As above


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Absolutely hilarious!

The whole family, from 9 to 17 and mum and dad loves this.


London Box Office customer

Good

London Box Office customer

Countless laughs a minute!

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Real comedy.

Real good comedy. I have not laughed as much in a show before. Fully recommend, great night with an extremely talented crew.


London Box Office customer

Crazy fun!!!

London Box Office customer

Second time round- Just as fantastic!

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


London Box Office customer

Painful to watch and not funny!

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.


London Box Office customer

Original


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Very very funny. Absolutely brilliant

Such a funny show with continuous laughter. Very clever and just a fun comedy for all the family


London Box Office customer

Great entertainment

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Absolutely fantastic!

This show was brilliant! Hilarious from start to finish. 5 stars doesn’t seem enough! The Mischief Theatre were phenomenal!


London Box Office customer

Awesome

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Hysterical!

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!


London Box Office customer

Very funny !

Not to be missed.


London Box Office customer

Amazing Timing!!

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


London Box Office customer

Jawachingly funny!

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!


London Box Office customer

Time to laugh

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Must see!

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Perfect timing with the comedy.

Anyone who loves slapstick comedy should catch this play.


London Box Office customer

TOO FUNNY

Hilarious play, with amazing situational comedy and brilliant acting. Fun time. Couldn't stop laughing for the entire run time of the show.


London Box Office customer

Clever funny good old fashioned comedy


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The best comedy ever shown in a theatre

This is honestly the very best comedy ever shown in a theatre. I was sceptical at first but honestly couldn't stop laughing throughout the performance. I recommend the show to anyone who need a good laugh


London Box Office customer

Had us in stitches laughing

This show is absolutely hilarious - especially if you have ever been involved in any sort of amdram. All the tropes of scenery malfunctions, forgotten props, dialogue loops etc are there but magnified to side splitting intensity. Fantastic!


London Box Office customer

Loads of laughs

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Mr. Been is back again

Lots of fun.


London Box Office customer

Very hammy childish humor. Students maybe?

London Box Office customer

Show was hilarious, my jaw aches from laughing so much.


London Box Office customer

Brian Rix eat your heart out!

Throughly enjoyed the show easy viewing, cleaver stage production. Slapstick to be admired.


London Box Office customer

All round great entertainment

Just a great family show that has you laughing through out. Great characters with exceptional comedic timing. Perfectly imperfect, well done.


London Box Office customer

A typical British comedy

Went to see this play on a whim as I was with a friend visiting London, I’ve only seen one other before this, Book of Mormon which was also fantastic over at Prince Edwards. So as two people who really aren’t one for the theatre, absolutely enjoyed this, I really liked the cast, the acting was incredibly professional and I will at some point look into their other plays. If you love comedy, please go and see this, I literally cannot expand any further on that you have to see this. It was at times hard to forget that this was a play inside a play and how great the actors broke the 4th wall didn’t distract from the performance.


London Box Office customer

A continuous laughter

Laughter laughter laughter. Outstanding performance of the actors. A pleasure to be there far away from everyday's stress.


London Box Office customer

Must see

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Laughed non stop for hours

This was the funniest show that I've ever seen in over 30 years of attending the theatre, watching movies etc. The concept itself was fabulous and the execution was pitch perfect. The agony of the actors in some of the scenes as they dealt with the circumstances was so funny that I'm sure I tore some tendons around my rib cage. And if I didn't in those scenes, then I certainly did in the others.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious

A must see show, absolutely hillarious from start to finish!!


London Box Office customer

Save Your Money

A very disappointing show. Walked out after the first act. Very tedious and thoroughly predictable humour. Hard to believe how anyone over the age of 12 would find this show even marginally entertaining. Save your money.


London Box Office customer

Fantastic

This show was expertly delivered and written superbly


London Box Office customer

Perfect imperfect!!!

I couldn‘t stop laughing!!! Even now, the scenes make me crying from laughter!!!


London Box Office customer

Loved it!!!

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Hilarious!

London Box Office customer

Amazingly entertaining!

London Box Office customer

very entertaining & a must see

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Hilarious!

I just loved the play. So funny. Great artists. Worth every single penny. I would even watch it again.


London Box Office customer

From bad to worse. Wonderfuk

A play where everything does go wrong, fantastic cast and great set design. I laughed from the opening of curtains to the closing, a really good experience


London Box Office customer

I laughed from start to finish

London Box Office customer

Funniest Show

It's the funniest show I've seen! Loved it and would highly recommend it!


London Box Office customer

Laugh out loud

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The most fun

Great intimate theater. We laughed so much it was hard to breath


London Box Office customer

Absolutely hysterical. Must see.

London Box Office customer

Total Entertainment

my daughter and myself loved this show, it was very funny all the way through, we loved the interaction with the audience, the timing was very cleverly directed that made every joke and incident enjoyable.


London Box Office customer

mildly entertaining

Basically a good story. A theater performance is going horribly wrong and the actors are doing their utmost to uphold "the show must go on". Most of the gags and the jokes are a bit too expected but admittedly there are some hilarious moments. Families with kids will definitely enjoy this show but people who like surprises and black humor might find it a bit too light.


London Box Office customer

The show that went wrong

So funny .Wish I hadn't worn eye make up, the tears(of laughter) and mascara were running down my cheeks. Brilliant acting, brilliant timing . The whole thing was hilarious.


London Box Office customer

Everything went wrong but it was so right!

This show was fantastic! As someone studying theatre, I was on the edge of my seat in an anticipation of what would go wrong next. I would advise people that choose to go to get ready for a wild ride! The show is incredibly funny and nerve-wracking.


London Box Office customer

Laughing tears

Without giving the game away. You must see this show if love laughing. Side-splitting hilarity from start to finish. My eyes were wet from laughter. Lots of wows, oohs and gasps. Go see!


London Box Office customer

for laugh!

London Box Office customer

A fun packed show

A great fun packed show with lots of laughs.


London Box Office customer

Fabulously funny!

Wonderful evening from start to finish. Be there early as you wouldn't want to miss any of the action! Colourful characters -- full of energy! We laughed til we cried!


London Box Office customer

Outrageous

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Farcical

Good concept and actors, but making Monthy Python again is not a given. More subtilty would have been required


London Box Office customer

childish

London Box Office customer

Lots of laughs!

Fun, easy to watch show with some clever humour, as well as slap stick. Comic timing of some of the actors was excellent.


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Funny

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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 for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong

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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.


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Duchess Theatre
3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA GB

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Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 475
  • Year built: 1929

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