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- Booking until: Sunday, 30 January 2022
- Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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About The Play That Goes Wrong
Suitable for ages 8+
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- Booking until: Sunday, 30 January 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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Recommended for:Anyone (83%)
Latest customer reviews
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
It was very good. We laughed a lot!
Reviewed on 15 December 2019 by Eulalia, London, United Kingdom
Excellent, enjoyed every minute!! Want to see it again!! The enthusiasm and energy of all the cast was amazing.
Reviewed on 14 December 2019 by Hilary Ruth, Pembroke, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 December 2019 by Michelle, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 December 2019 by Ian, St. Albans, United Kingdom
We enjoyed thoroughly
Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by Ayelet, Shoham, Israel
It was funny from beginning to end; kept us all entertained!
Reviewed on 27 November 2019 by Liz, Wokingham, United Kingdom
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
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by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43
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New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong
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