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The Play That Goes Wrong

By Mischief Theatre

Following a triumphal six-month international tour and a Best New Comedy win at the What’s On Stage Awards 2014, The Play That Goes Wrong is now enjoying an extended run at the West End’s Duchess Theatre. 

The Play That Goes Wrong is a side-splitting farce about an amateur drama society’s attempts to stage a 1920s murder mystery play. The group of hapless thespians and backstage crew battle fudged lines, crumbling sets and disappearing props as they claw their way desperately to the final curtain call.

The story of the play-within-a-play that goes hideously wrong has a long tradition in theatre, from Pyramus and Thisby’s attempted performance in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to Michael Frayn’s hit Noises Off. Offering a flurry of sight gags and a hilarious script written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a fantastic addition to this theatrical motif, exploiting the comic potential of theatrical misadventure to its absolute fullest.

Deftly directed by Mark Bell and featuring excellent performances by the entire cast, including Charlie Russell as the lead actor and Nancy Wallinger as the much-beleaguered stage manager, this mischievous symphony of perfectly-timed theatrical disasters is sure to become a cult hit.


3-5 Catherine Street, London

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No refunds or exchanges available after purchase.


2 hours and 5 minutes including one 20 minute interval.

Good To Know

BSL Interpreted performance on Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm.

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Suitable For Children

Age Limit: 8+

When Can I Go


Thursday and Saturday:2.30pm

Sunday-3pm and 7pm

Where Do I Go

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

By Tube- Covent Garden

Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London

Latest customer reviews

  • A truly dreadful, clumsy, overdone bore

    23 June 2018

    This production is so clumsy, it could have been put together by 12 year old children. It was simply embarrassing. I love comedy, but poor slapstick and faked panic are simply boring when they go on for two hours. The two americans next to us did not return after the interval. Even THEY were bored. Not so the group of sub 12yr old children who were behind us, who giggled and shrieked and chattered throughout. "About a burglary" was funny. This needs to be shown to ten year olds alone.

    Leica Goodshaw Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 22 June 2018

    Quite disappointed with this play. It just tries too hard to live up to its name and to be funny. There is such a thing as too much, and this play is it. There are many funny moments, but then it just goes over the top with the "something goes wrong" moments and having the same joke happen five times. After the second time, it's just not funny anymore. During the ending especially, there is supposed to be a dramatic resolution to the in-play they are playing that 'goes wrong', but you can't follow it and it's impossible to understand because there are about five things going wrong at the same time for the whole resolution. It's just too much.

    Julie Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Excellent

    18 June 2018

    An excellent play - really funny - well done to all involved

    Phil Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • excellent must see

    17 June 2018

    this was our second time of watching this show. our party consisted of 4 people with age ranging from 8 to 47 and all found it totally hilarious. I would recommend it to anyone

    Alan S Confirmed ticket purchaser

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