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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.

Customer Reviews

2,017 reviews
Don Walker
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7 Oct 2019

Ridiculously silly, if it could go wrong it did very OTT but I can honestly say I thought it very, very funny. My sides ached from laughing so much. I would recommend it to anyone. The cast were superb,

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30 Sep 2019

I booked this for my 24 year old daughters birthday treat for all 4 of us and we had so been looking forward to seeing this. At no time were we told that it was a special performance - not when I booked tickets, or when looking on the website, or when arriving at the theatre by any staff. The actors ruined several elements of the show the show by explaining beforehand what was going to happen eg a fight scene .... but we are friends so don't worry, a fire but we are all safe so again don't worry but again no mention of it being shown to a particular group of service users. If I had realised that the show was a special screening for a set group of people, I would most definitely NOT have chosen to book seats. As we left the theatre after the show, there was a small note on the window saying that it was a 'relaxed/ performance. Not knowing what that was didn't help. Very disappointed and upset how this birthday treat was not what we had been led to believe at the time of booking. I should have been contacted and told it was a special screening for the autistic society and a refund offered ahead of travelling to London for the day.

Sharon Devlin
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29 Sep 2019

This play is fantastic, the funniest thing I have ever seen. The timing is amazing and must be so technically difficult to do. I reccomend this play to anyone of any age. One thing, we arrived just before wpm to have a drink in the bar which we purchased and then found there is no where to sit and drink it, we were standing crammed into a very small area and on the staircase until they opened the theatre. Needs a rethink.

Ruth M
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29 Sep 2019

It was the second time I have seen this play, and it did not disappoint. The skill and timing of the actors and stage staff is breathtaking. I intend to see the other "goes wrong" plays (have already seen Peter Pan Goes Wrong) and I cannot imagine how they can top this. Five stars, only because I could not give ten!

J Thomas
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25 Sep 2019

Loved this play very funny and very well acted


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3-5 Catherine Street, London

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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