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The Play That Goes Wrong

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.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges available after purchase.

Suitable For Children

Age Limit: 8+

Good To Know

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

When Can I Go


Thursday and Saturday:2.30pm

Sunday-3pm and 7pm


3-5 Catherine Street, London


2 hours and 5 minutes including one 20 minute interval.

Where Do I Go

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

By Tube- Covent Garden

How Does It Work

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Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London

Latest customer reviews

  • Laugh yourself hoarse!

    21 September 2017

    If you walk out of the theatre without a smile on your face than you are certifiable. Great fun, even the obvious gags & stunts are funny .

    PJ Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great night out - laughed from start to finish.

    21 September 2017

    It's funny, clever, brilliantly acted, amazing set and stunts. We loved the interaction with the audience as well as the simple but very funny slapstick comedy. The perfect antidote for a stressful life at work.

    Katy T Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 20 September 2017

    I left after the interval. I seemed tp pre empt everything that was going to happen. It was a rip off from Charlie Chaplin to Basil Fawlty. Having said that I seemed to be the only person not howling with laughter so maybe it just wasn't my type of thing. I honestly went with the intention of really enjoin it as friends of mine have been and loved it.

    Elizabeth55 Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Couldn't beat it

    18 September 2017

    If you're looking for a show with immaculate staging, an intelligent outlook on life and heart wrenching, emotional scenes that will have you crying into your popcorn then this play is not for you. The Play That Goes Wrong is a let-your-hair-down, laugh-your-socks-off kind of show. With a cast of actors playing other actors playing characters for an amateur production of 'The Murder at Haversham Manor', TPTGW is like nothing else out there. And like the title suggests, lots of things do go wrong; such has collapsing set pieces, misplaced props and characters forgetting or mispronouncing words. The actors also seemed to be willing to improvise. As we were seated the second row from the front, we could see the actors up close and they could see us. It felt like a personal experience, with actors waving or giving a thumbs up to me, some characters taking directions from me when they didn't know what to do, or the hot-headed director-slash-main character telling me off for laughing because it was supposed to be a 'serious show'. The theatre was packed with a belly-laughing audience, the cast did a fantastic job and my brother and I were shocked to find that, in the show, two of the characters were played by understudies. You couldn't tell! If you're looking for a not-so-serious, laugh-out-loud experience, go and see The Play That Goes Wrong now! You won't regret it!

    Kerry Confirmed ticket purchaser

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