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The Play That Goes Wrong


Be prepared to laugh yourself silly! Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong is remarkably still and as funny as ever, even after all these years!

When a production of the fictitious whodunnit mystery play, The Murder at Haversham Manor, is put on by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, disaster awaits them at every turn. Behold as everything that could possibly go wrong does, often to hilarious effect!

Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre is a must-see smash-hit and absolute riot! The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

The play follows the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society fresh from such hit productions as James and the Peach, Cat, The Lion and the Wardrobe, and more. Now they are set to perform a 1920s murder mystery play reminiscent of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.

Written by fictitious playwright Susie H.K. Brideswell, The Murder at Haversham Manor quickly becomes a theatrical catastrophe. Audiences get a glimpse of backstage staff performing last-minute repairs on the set pieces, but fate has other plans in store for the ill-fated cast as a series of mishaps begin to unfold one by one.

From falling props, collapsing floors, and sticky doors to actors forgetting lines, stomping on fingers, breaking character, and getting stuck in a grandfather clock, you can bet you'll be in for a non-stop funny ride from start to finish!

The play has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews since it first premiered over five years ago. Most notably it was given 5 stars by The Daily Mail and called a "Gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times.

The show has also received a number of celebrity endorsements, including from Joanna Lumley who called it "spectacularly funny and bitingly accurate" and Ant and Dec who declared it the "funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket go."

The Play That Goes Wrong is stumbling through a new catastrophic year (perhaps the most catastrophic one yet) and is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! Don't miss it!

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets



Duchess Theatre

Thu 25 Apr 2024 - Sun 4 May 2025