Duchess Theatre

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets

4.8/5
based on 870 reviews

Duchess Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 30 September 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+
 


Booking from:
Thursday, 4 September 2014

Booking until:
Sunday, 30 September 2018

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 The Daily Mail

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
84%
Families:
88%
Teenagers:
88%
Couples:
93%
Theatregoers:
94%

based on 870 reviews

Very very funny!

Laughter is the best medicine! We haven't laughed out loud so much for a long time. We were in our seats early, but were entertained by the actors fooling about on and off stage long before official "curtain up".


London Box Office customer

The Best Show we have ever seen

Highly recommended everyone should go and see this show 5 star, so funny you will be crying with laughter, the acting was spot on and the timing was fantastic


London Box Office customer

A fuun nught at the theatre

Very funny play. Thoroughly enjoyed though could have been shorter with no interval.


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Superb!

Genuinely brilliant. Unlike any other show I've seen before.


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Great night out not to be missed

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So funny!

This was such a fantastically funny play! My hands were so sore from clapping so much! The actors were unbelievably great at incorporating the audience reactions into the show! This is a do not miss evening of fun, laughter and a great night out!


London Box Office customer

A real laugh!!

Good old eccentric fun


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A humorous Gem!

A classic example of how British humour should be portrayed. Unfortunately, some people in the audience where not seeing the funny side or tried to be funny with snide remarks. They should have stayed home. The play is excellent and having seen Peter Pan goes wrong, I couldn't wait for this one. Equally funny with some cracking slapstick funnies. The way the cast manage to capture each situation with facial expressions and little body movements made for a brilliant night. Well done to all.


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Amazing

Really really enjoyed the show. We were laughing from start to finish. It is such a creative and intelligent production. Nothing else out there like it!


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Laugh a minute

Lived up to its name and really was a slap stick comedy


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Hilarious, spot on comedic timing

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Brilliant laugh

Show is a must for anyone and everyone. Not to be missed.


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It was outstanding comedy - perfect timing - absolutely loved the show !!

We are visiting from Australia and bought these tickets after reading the reviews - well they were 100% correct it was an amazing show.


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Fun Theatre

This is a lovely way to spend a few hours enjoying yourself


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Laughs from start to finish

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Sides hurt from laughing.

If you are looking for something different, If you like a farce, if Monty Python is your cup of tea, this show is for you.


London Box Office customer

A great farce.

A wonderful piece of runaround - cast members popping in and out, silent physical comedy, and finishing up with a great piece of classic stage magic. The cast members were all playing at being cast members who sometimes appeared to be playing in different plays. Wonderful send up spoofs of all the different kinds of amateur theatrics.


London Box Office customer

Fun evening out

Laughter all the way. A really good evening out. The actors must be exhausted. This play is a directors nightmare. The technical team must love every minute. I have never heard my husband laugh so much.


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The title of the play is very apt!

Definitely not our cup of tea but I can understand that it may appeal to some people. It's really a farce and the humour is banal and silly. It made us cringe rather than laugh.


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Hilarious

Fabulously funny even the second time :D


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Great comic value

Oh my goodness what a brilliant show. I love a farce and this did not disappoint. The acting was fantastic, the actors could be clearly heard and the comedy value was second to none. Whilst the play would be fine for a family I am not sure that younger children will understand the comedy so I think it would be better suited for teenagers and adults (please note this comment has not been made due to adult content as this is not the case). I would not hesitate to recommend this play to my friends and family.


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Funny as

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Good old laugh, for anyone who's a fan of slapstick

Good fun and well delivered, was very Fawlty Towersesque. Hapless chaos, with some great slapstick action. And it does exactly what the title suggests, some really good hearty laughing, would definitely recommend.


London Box Office customer

Hilariously silly

London Box Office customer

Incredible performance

A story within a play. The actors performed exceedingly well in their roles though occasionally the speech was difficult to hear when there was so much shouting towards the end. The stage effects were incredibly well done, astonishing with superb timing, extremely professional. I enjoyed it as a different performance but it became rather noisy at the end.


London Box Office customer

Hilarious show

This was definitely the funniest show we have ever seen at the theatre! We laughed so much, we had tears running down our cheeks. Would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes the style of humour of Brian Rix, Monthy Python, Morecombe and Wise and so on.


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Very enjoyable

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Must ser

So funny


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Laugh out loud, start to finish !

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Crying with laughter

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Smart energetic

We are visitor from Adelaide South Australia. We really enjoyed the show and you made our visit in London memorable especially with your show Love it


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Excellent show!

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Fantastic

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We laughed and laughed!

The Play was hilarious! We laughed through the entire production. Every single actor played their roles amazingly well! My teenager literally jumped out of her chair.


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Bonkers but brilliant

What an absolutely brilliant show we both laughed until we ached. Whacky funny hilarious what a tonic at the difficult times.


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It was a hell of a big laugh.

I'm not known to smile a lot but this really got me going!! The actors were great but the stunts were fantastic. It made me love live theater even more!! Brilliant.


London Box Office customer

An excellent show

A well worth seeing performance , so funny and entertaining !!


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Fabulous Fun

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Hilarious funny

What a fantastic evening of slapstick comedy. Brilliant show


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Funny!

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Undemanding evening out

Rather predictable situations which had something of a student review feel. The actors really went for it and the long run of this play is fully justified. You have not asked about value for money and we thought the prices a bit steep.


London Box Office customer

My partner was sure about this show, but I had heard great things about it.... afterwards he told me he couldn't believe how good it was! We loved it! Here's a tip- book a restaurant in advance


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Lots of fun and definitely original

a very enjoyable evening!


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Did not expect it to be so hilarious!!! Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Constant laughter- definitely recommended

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Decent

Good show if you enjoy slapstick comedy. We enjoyed it but if you are looking for a deep story this is t the play for you. If you are looking to sit back and laugh, the play that goes wrong delivers.


London Box Office customer

A few good gags.

London Box Office customer

Play worth seeing

Really nice play, great jokes and generally good fun.


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Hilarious

Fabulous play laughed from start to finish!


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A laugh a minute

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Hilarious show, a must see

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Laugh out loud funny!

If you just want to switch off from the world for a few hours and have a good old belly laugh, this show is perfect.


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Great english comedy for good peopleI love comedic ztrctr

I love comedic theatrical structres..that are recognizable from the Bard.thru the centuries..because they reflect the joys of livivg life large...


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Hilarious

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Words that do not go wrong

Fast moving and very entertaining. Gives you an almost constant smile.


London Box Office customer

Great Fun

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Hilarious LOL on a Saturday Afternoon

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Recommended,and not disappointed!

Recommended to us and it didn't disappoint,it was funnier than I expected,well put together and a very enjoyable afternoon


London Box Office customer

Totally enjoyed

Would recommend


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Very entertaining

The show was hilarious and the acting excellent.


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A must see

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A masterpiece! Well worth seeing

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Hilarious

If you enjoyed the Acorn Antiques style of humour you will love this. It's a sort of Amateur Dramatics going dramatically wrong at all levels. Very funny sometimes over acted but it's all for the right reason. Sometimes you cringe at the humour but it's a very funny show that everyone can laugh at. Everyone seemed to enjoy. Dave & Barbara.


London Box Office customer

A laugh a minute!

Fantastic! We laughed all the way through.


London Box Office customer

Proper laugh out loud material

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Hilarious

Thoroughly recommend this play. Just an old farce done really well. We went as a couple but the production is child friendly. Cast we're brilliant as we're the rest of the team in the theatre. If you want a good chuckle go see!


London Box Office customer

Laugh a minute

Brilliant show, had such a laugh


London Box Office customer

Entertaining

From the moment we sat in our seats it was laughter. Great acting, good story, very funny. Lovely quaint theatre


London Box Office customer

Funniest show I've seen in years

Slap-stick humour has been revived ... and we loved it!!! From the hammed up, amateur role playing through to the clever visual gags, this play had us in fits from the first minute. This is a very physical play and the actors did not have stunt doubles so hats off to them for delivering some of the funniest knock down comedy seen in years. We particularly laughed out loud when the two girls fought over who would play the female lead role! If you like a laugh, this play is a must.


London Box Office customer

The funniest so far! A must see!

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Slap stick

Good laugh out loud show. Very chaotic at times and sometimes difficult to clearly hear the actors voices but this didn't distract from the performance. Very cleverly put together. If you are in need of some fun this is the show for you!!


London Box Office customer

Funniest play ever

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Extremely funny

Definitely worth seeing. The theatre isn't the best but the play makes up for it. The whole audience laughed all the way through, very refreshing to see a show that's different.


London Box Office customer

Fun

Fun filled night out no bad language either a great show for anyone


London Box Office customer

Laughter from start to finish

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Bellyaching laughter, amazing physical work

I think this is a must watch for all theatre enthusiasts. Not only was it hilarious, it also demonstrated the amount of physical work actors can put into their craft, frequently at the expense of personal safety as well.


London Box Office customer

VERY CLEAVER AND FUNNY


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Must see

This show was a laugh out loud from start to finish, just what my friend and I needed after a tough week at work. Am considering taking my partner as wouldn't mind seeing it again.


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Hilarious


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Hilarious

Just go and be prepared to laugh till your sides ache!


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Good night out

A very funny refreshing show, a good night out


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Excellent

Excellent show, laughed throughout and had my brother in tears. Haven't laughed as much for a long time


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

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  • Capacity: 475
  • Year built: 1929

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