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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

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Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London

Latest customer reviews

  • Great laugh!

    27 March 2017

    Went with my sister for her birthday treat and we both thought it hilarious!

    Elaine Rees Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • You'd better have your wits about you...

    27 March 2017

    We saw a matinee performance of this show at the weekend, with my parents and they loved it as much as we did! We knew it would be good having seen a taster at a Royal Variety Performance one year and we put the show on our must see at some point list. It was a long wait but we weren't disappointed at all. The Duchess Theatre itself is quite cosy, compact and bijou but that lends an added dimension to the show being an 'am-dram' performance... I'd recommend not taking seats in the gods if you want to see actors entire heads when using part of the set but honestly it made it maybe even slightly more amusing, once again adding to the performance. Audiences should be warned that there is an element of audience participation, so be prepared to get involved - it just makes your experience more fun! The show itself is one comedic set up after another, all of which pay off. At times the dialogue does become extremely fast paced so be prepared to pay attention otherwise you won't keep up... Having said that, there is more than enough physical comedy to keep everyone amused. The cast... Well they are simply fabulous... It must be extremely demanding trying to play the same show day in, day out with such a level of freshness that these actors achieve. Kudos to them. If you love laughing, this is the show for you.

    Ruth Blackburn Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Laugh a minute

    27 March 2017

    Really funny even before the play starts. Well acted and a laugh every minute, came out with our sides aching from laughter. Timing superb & health & safely went out of the window! Would highly recommend.

    David L Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Fun Fun & more Fun

    26 March 2017

    This is a great comedy. If you enjoy John Cleese type of humour you will love this rib tickler!

    Kyra Confirmed ticket purchaser

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