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 1004 reviews

Duchess Theatre

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Booking until: Sunday, 7 April 2019

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 8+
 

Important Information

Captioned performance on 11th July at 3pm


Booking until:
Sunday, 7 April 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

Music

Costumes

Story

Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone
83%
Families
88%
Teenagers
88%
Couples
92%
Theatregoers
93%

based on 1004 reviews

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.


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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!


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for laugh!

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A fun packed show

A great fun packed show with lots of laughs.


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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!


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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


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childish

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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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Fun chaos

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Funny funny funny

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Lots of fun, great play

The play was a lot of fun to watch. Definitely recommend. I am convinced that making "accidents" onstage look natural is more difficult than people think and for that the actors were unbelievable! It was overall a terrific show!


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Very funny

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Great show

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Good Show, Could Be Great

Some parts of this show are very funny and will definitely get people of many different ages laughing. However, many of the jokes are repeated to the point of being unfunny and often there are parts so overacted that it is difficult to understand what is actually happening. A pretty good play, but I feel it would have been better as a one act to keep everything believable and the jokes fresh.


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A great evening out

Very cleverly put together show. Smiled, laughed and guffawed all the way through.


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Slap stick

I disliked it as i didnt find it funny, very predictable, too much slap stick humour, too many things “going wrong”. The Play about a back robbery is much funnier i think.


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Slapstick humor.

A laugh out loud funny play about what can go wrong in local theater. If you’re a fan of “Noises Off”, then you’ll love this.


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I never expected it to be this funny. Was incredible!

I rarely laugh out loud. I can enjoy something well enough and raise a smile but this had my boyfriend and I almost crying with laughter. It was so much funnier than I ever expected. The acting was top notch, the speaking was clear, the timing was spot on. I'd really recommend this to anyone who enjoys laughing.


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Hilariously entertaining

What a fantastic show. Definition of laugh out loud! Would recommend to anyone.


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Fancy a laugh? This will leave your face aching after!

Loved this show! My husband is not keen on musicals, so this comedy was right up his street! We both enjoyed it and laughed out loud throughout! The characters were hysterical and the whole set was superb the way it gradually just fell apart. Would highly recommend!


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Very funny show

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Minenhle

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Awful

This was the most awful show iv ever seen


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Highly entertaining and enjoyable show,true old school british comedy. Would highly recommend going to see this show..


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A good laugh

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Hilarious

While visiting London from the US, we wanted to see a truly British production and this delivered! We loved the story and it was hilarious from start to finish.


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A laugh a minute

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Fun

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Perfect

A great laugh with brilliant acting


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Must see!

The reviews do not lie; this show is hilarious! The actors' timing is impeccable. I can't wait to see it again.


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A different must see if in town

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Very funny and great for eveyone

Really enjoyed visiting this with my 11-yr-old daughter. We were both sniggering away throughout. It's a well put together show and a masterful portrayal of the mishap! The small, intimate theatre helps sell the story nicely.


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British peculiar

Suitable for teens and those who enjoy really stupid comedy. Sort of immature vaudeville. Don’t waste your money. Walked out at interval


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Hilarious

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Jolly good fun.

Great slapstick humour.


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Very, very funny

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Classic farce

Split second timing, classic farce acting, witty script and brilliant stage management make for a really funny evening.


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Great show!!

A very funny play, enjoyed a lot, was laughing from start to finish, the plot and the acting are excellent!


London Box Office customer

not for me

not for me


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Awful slapstick

An appall8ng show and a waste of an evening and £50 for the ticket. I don't understand how it has attracted the good reviews. Take my advice and save yourself time and money by not going.


London Box Office customer

The funniest show in London

A hysterical play which has to be very carefully timed and it worked every time. All the actors are fantastic and it's suitable for all the family. Well worth a visit.


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so much fun, we even started laughing when the doorhandle moved!!

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westend show

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Brilliant, funny and exceptionally clever

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Couldn't stop laughing!

The play was absolutely hilarious and the acting was amazing.


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Brilliant!

A very funny show - brilliant cast - loads of fun. A great night out!


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Well done, clever, excellent timing , second part of first act best bit


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Entertaining

Good belly laughs. Some cringe worthy old fashioned jokes, but mostly very entertaining, good acting and good actors. The kind of easy fun you need, like a tasty cool lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Not going to leave you with the big questions of existence resonating in your mind for days, but you will feel refreshed and easy. Stalls L27/28 is the far left of downstairs. Saying restricted view. And indeed. We couldn’t see the picture and mental piece they were referring to and missed the visuals of some jokes, but we survived.


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Non stop laughter!

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hilarous

hilarious from start to finish


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A must see

Laughed from beginning to the end. Great performance cleverly done by actors.


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A great laugh

Thoroughly enjoyed this show from the start to the finish.


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Great way to pass a couple of hours

Be prepared to come along and laugh and for Time to fly by. The actors’ interaction with the audience was great.


London Box Office customer

Must see.

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Theatre virgin

This was my first time going to the theatre, other than seeing panto and I really enjoyed the experience. As it was the first play that I have seen I chose something that would be easy to watch and hopefully make me laugh. The play that goes wrong did not disappoint I didn't stop laughing from start to finish. Would highly recommend.


London Box Office customer

must see

we enjoyed the show,couldn't fault anything.we are looking forward to be seeing other shows by this company.


London Box Office customer

Brilliant comedy!

Must be seen! Hilarious! It made my 14 year old son appreciate live theatre, so that tells you a lot!!!!


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Laugh out loud rip-roarer

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Absolutely fabulous!!

The whole audience laughed all the way through. We loved this show, great timing and acting, clever setting and best time I have had in a theatre for years.


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Harmless fun for all the family

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Enjoyable

I don’t find the show hilarious, but it was very clever and I truly enjoyed it.


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interesting

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Great screenplay! Comic, hilarious, light heart humour, fabulous actors!

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Good old fashioned comedy

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Still laughing a day later!

Very entertaining and one of the funniest shows on the West end


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So funny amazing actors.

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We had so much fun!

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Brilliantly funny

This show is a MUST for all theatre goers. I am so pleased that I chose this show over the big blockbuster shows. I have never laughed so much in many years. Everything about this performance was superb. If you want to laugh your socks off, you must go here. Truly brilliant.


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too messy at the end/plot

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Great humour

Must have a good /warped/sarcastic sense of humour


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Soooo funny

This play definitely lifts your spirit when you’re feeling down. Absolutely fantastic!!!


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Colour full and creative

A must to see


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Crazy English

Slapstick, farcical comedy where you just can’t help but smile (or laugh out loud.) t


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Excellent show, enjoyable time spent!

The comedy is extremely witty in that it is a “play within a play”. The wit to pull it through, with the scripted jokes, is commendable!


London Box Office customer

So much fun!

Funny before it even started, this really is a great family show. So silly but so good. I almost had a competition with myself during the show trying to work out what would go wrong next. The players are so adept at their parts that you really wonder how they don’t actually know themselves out or do serious injury to themselves. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a laugh


London Box Office customer

Hysterical farce..brilliantly produced.

Be ready to laugh louder and longer than usual. First act was hillarious..2nd act even funnier! Brilliant entertainment.


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Laughed all the way through

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Hilarious Slapstick!

Was recommended by friends - thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The cast worked really hard for their money! Hilarious slapstick! One bit of advice - get in early!


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Must see comedy by excellent Mischief theatre

Loved it - loved being in the front row and couldn’t stop laughing despite “Chris” asking me to stop! Brilliant night out!


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Excellent. Funny with good silliness to keep you laughing from start to finish.


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Brilliant

Heard so many good things about this show and it really lived up to expectations! Loved it!


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Very Funny

This play is very funny, had a great time.


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Hilarious

Seamlessly brilliant. Go.


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Hilarious - haven't laughed this much in ages

Really hilarious - the ideas for improvisation when things go wrong are often beyond absurd, and beyond all reasonable expectations, so the audience keeps being surprised all over. I haven't laughed this much in a theatre for years, except for a show where things unintentionally went wrong and caught the actors and audience in a laughing fit... ...how do THESE guys manage to remain serious and keep straight faces all the time? Big praise!


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Excellent

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A highly recommended play if you want to have a great time and laugh

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hilarious

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Side-splitting hilarious. We, actually, thought we were going to hyperventilating.

Brilliant! Hilarious! Only complaint, which it isn’t really, is that it was a tight squeeze due to the age of the theatre and it was very hot in there. If you enjoy a good laugh, this will exceed your expectations!!! Go enjoy the show!!!


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Brilliant!

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Excellent

Could not stop laughing, we took our three teenage kids with us and we all LOVED it, belly ache from laughing so much!!


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Creative

Was great show we were right at the front and my friend got to go up on stage it was amazing thank you


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Great show!

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Hilarious

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Great humorous show well worth seeing.

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YOUR EYES WILL WATER

Great all round show looking forward to THE BANK


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Side-splitting

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New cast for West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong

13 Jul 2015

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 of bank robbers as Mischief Theatre conquer the world

16 Jan 2017

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.


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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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