Duchess Theatre

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

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4.7/5 - based on 1328 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 November 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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About The Play That Goes Wrong

Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+
 

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 November 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 15:00 19:00

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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Next Performances for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

today24th Jan 2020 7:30pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast
tomorrow25th Jan 2020 2:30pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast
tomorrow25th Jan 2020 7:30pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast
Sunday26th Jan 2020 3:00pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast
Sunday26th Jan 2020 7:00pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast
Tuesday28th Jan 2020 7:30pm

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

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast

The Play That Goes Wrong reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 1328 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
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Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (83%)
Families (88%)
Teenagers (88%)
Couples (91%)
Theatregoers (92%)
Latest customer reviews
Brian
Very funny and different easy watching and entertaining

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 , Chelsea, United Kingdom

Ralph
abolutely awful!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Martyna
Absolutely bloody fantastic!

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , Ambleside, United Kingdom

Amanda
A lot of laughs

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 , Winslow, United Kingdom

Joanna
Great fun

Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

robert
Great fun!

Very funny - slapstick comedy-our family really enjoyed the play.

Reviewed on 29 December 2019 by , Priors Marston, United Kingdom

Dave
Hillarious

Really funny show, fits of laughter,great improvisation where needed

Reviewed on 22 December 2019 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Barbara

Some laughs but tedious in parts

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Streat, United Kingdom

Jeremy
Fun

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore

JAMES
Waste of £130

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 , Westcliff-on-sea, United Kingdom

geoff
Super good feel

Loved it & have taken friends a couple of times now Thank you

Reviewed on 16 December 2019 by , Shropshire, United Kingdom

Eulalia
Funny!

It was very good. We laughed a lot!

Reviewed on 15 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Hilary Ruth
Laughed so much

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 , Pembroke, United Kingdom

Michelle
Brilliantly funny

Reviewed on 12 December 2019 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Ian
It was alright

Reviewed on 06 December 2019 by , St. Albans, United Kingdom

Ayelet
Hilarious

We enjoyed thoroughly

Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by , Shoham, Israel

Liz
Hilarious

It was funny from beginning to end; kept us all entertained!

Reviewed on 27 November 2019 by , Wokingham, United Kingdom

Hridaya
Hilarious! Superb. Could not stop laughing all the way from beginning to end. I feel so cheerful.

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 , Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Fraser
Clever , masterful comedy timing

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 , Banff, United Kingdom

Rita
Fantastic show

Could not stop laughing to the extent I was crying,

Reviewed on 11 November 2019 by , Baildon, United Kingdom

Nick
Funny, funny, funny

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 , Ditton, United Kingdom

Val
Time to LOL

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 , Tukwila, United States Of America

Keren
Corny

Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Ann
Hilarious!

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 , Herne Bay, United Kingdom

Marijana
Hillarious

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Aldershot, United Kingdom

Runa
Amazing

Seriously the best theatre show I’ve been to and I’ve been to loads!!

Reviewed on 04 November 2019 by , Beckton, United Kingdom

Nilli
ןA must see

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 , Hadera, Israel

Sally
crazy good

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 , Langenfeld, Germany

Susanna
Laughed so much my cheeks ached

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 , Burgess Hill, United Kingdom

Anna
One of the best!

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 , Ashford, United Kingdom

SHARON
Not what it seems

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 , Timrat, Israel

Alexis
Hilarious

Reviewed on 28 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Ruth
Very very funny

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 , Barry, United Kingdom

Niamh
Laughing from start to finish

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , Dublin, Ireland

Franky
Pinpoint accurate slapstick, a theatrical joy of laughter

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Jennie
Very funny

Great show. Very funny.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by , Middlesex, United Kingdom

Kate
Light hearted fun

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by , Christchurch, United Kingdom

christine
Hilarious, exceptionally clever slapstick.

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 , Old Hunstanton, United Kingdom

Olga
Highest density of laughter

Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Raymond
Fun the whoe time

very entertaining. Plot is not important, it is the whole setting

Reviewed on 17 October 2019 by , Weerde, Belgium

Pauline
Hilariously entertaining from beginning to end

Reviewed on 15 October 2019 by , Kortenberg, Belgium

ruth
a must see

bravo to the actors and the script writers

Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by , Malta, Malta

Michael
A excellent slapstick show.

Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by , Wokingham, United Kingdom

Gary
Absolutely hilarious

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 , Burnley, United Kingdom

James
Very funny and fun for all the family!

Reviewed on 06 October 2019 by , Henley On Thames, United Kingdom

June
Must See!

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 , Fareham, United Kingdom

Beverley
Brilliantly 😂

Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by , Oswestry, United Kingdom

Alison
Fantastic show, brilliantantly acted

Really terrific, well done

Reviewed on 05 October 2019 by , Luton, United Kingdom

AnneMarie
funny...for the most part

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 , Swords, Ireland

Meg
Awesome evening

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 , London, United Kingdom

Derek
Satisfied

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 , Bracknell, United Kingdom

Barry
Very funny

A really funny comedy of errors ..... all the family loved it !!

Reviewed on 30 September 2019 by , Cobham, United Kingdom

Israel
Enjoyable

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , Netanya, Israel

Annika
Absolute waste of time and money!!

What a load of rubbish. Very slapstick comedy which was not funny. We left half way through.

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , Woodbridge, United Kingdom

Simon
Brilliant! Laughed for two hours.

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 , Halifax, United Kingdom

Meghna
Absolute brilliant! You will laugh till you drop

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom

Bali
Hilarious

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 , Hayes, United Kingdom

William

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 , Warrington, United Kingdom

Diane
Laugh out loud

Amazing laughter therapy. I loved the play

Reviewed on 25 September 2019 by , Lords Valley, United States Of America

Victoria
Best ever

Reviewed on 23 September 2019 by , Lansing, United States Of America

ORNA BEN NATAN
To old for this style

Reviewed on 23 September 2019 by , Kfar Saba, Israel

Emmanuel
Hilarious

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 , London, United Kingdom

Katherine
Funniest show I’ve ever seen!

Reviewed on 21 September 2019 by , Grays, United Kingdom

Yongju
The show was perfect.

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 , London, United Kingdom

Mark
Must see

Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Theresa
Laughter from start to finish

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 , Dundee, United Kingdom

Jay
So much fun

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 , Mumbai, India

Keith
Great laugh

Very enjoyable show, great escapism for a couple of hours

Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by , Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Joseph

Just not funny. Does not compare with the Bank Robbery that Goes Wrong

Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Azzam
Funny

Reviewed on 13 September 2019 by , Amman, United Kingdom

Graham
Exceptionally funny show.

Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by , Lane Cove North, Australia

Surinder
Great fun

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

mridu
confusing but funny

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 , Ilford, United Kingdom

Peter
Bonkers !

Great fun. Fabulous cast who worked their socks off but don’t ask me what the plot was !

Reviewed on 03 September 2019 by , Waterlooville, United Kingdom

John
Hilarious evening

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 , Leeds, United Kingdom

Lisa
Entertaining evening out

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 , Bogis-bossey, Switzerland

Caron
Really funny and great acting!!

Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by , Barnsley, United Kingdom

Helen
Great afternoon entertainment

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 , Addlestone, United Kingdom

Scott
First timer

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 , Red Deer, Canada

susan

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 , Christchurch, United Kingdom

Nigel
Evening Out

Great evening entertainment. Suitable for whole family

Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Azade
Laughed sooo much

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Ely, United Kingdom

Sophie
Hilarious!

What a fabulous funny evening!

Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by , Kings Cliffe, United Kingdom

Lanna
Laughed till I cried

Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by , Surbiton, United Kingdom

Kenneth
Laugh a minute

Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Ryan
so unexpected but title totally adds up - see it!!!

Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by , Clapham, United Kingdom

Martin
Excellent evening

We had a great evening

Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by , Ashtead, United Kingdom

Martin
Entertaining

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 , Woodbridge, United Kingdom

Michael
Can I get my money back?

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 , Chantilly, United States Of America

Akos
Couple, 34, Londoners

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 , London, United Kingdom

Luisa
Cleverly scripted and funny.

Suitable to anyone and acting were great.

Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by , Tonbridge , Kent, United Kingdom

Agnieszka
So funny

Very funny, great acting, friendly atmosphere

Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by , Tuam, Ireland

Carlos
Ok for families

Reviewed on 03 August 2019 by , Lleida, Spain

Cynthia
The Play that Goes Wrong went Perfectly!

It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Lethbridge, Canada

Jennifer
Hilarious mayhem, brilliant!

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 , Granton, Australia

Karolina
I’ve never laughed so hard in my life!

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 , Dublin, Ireland

Margot
Hilarious, so glad I chose it

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 , Ryde, Australia

Heather
Funny!!!

Reviewed on 05 July 2019 by , Orpington, United Kingdom

Patricia
A real good laugh out loud show

Reviewed on 04 July 2019 by , Prestwick, United Kingdom

Daniel
laugh-a-second

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 , Swansea, United Kingdom

16 Jan
2017
Phil Willmott

New cast of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world

by Phil Willmott | Monday, January 16 2017, 11:43

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 of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world
13 Jul
2015
Oliver Mitford

New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong

by Oliver Mitford | Monday, July 13 2015, 12:41

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.

New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong