The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong tickets are the perfect tonic for every lover of slapstick, screwball West End theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong tickets guarantee a night out that will have you aching with laughter. So if you’re looking for the best night out in London, The Play That Goes Wrong theatre tickets will have you grinning from ear to ear! Banish the lockdown blues with a night of infectiously silly comedy! You’ll find your perfect tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong in London on sale here now. We’ve got great seats at all prices and you can even check out the best seat reviews on our interactive seat map.
The Play That Goes Wrong is genuinely hilarious!
What’s The Play That Goes Wrong about?
You all know the classic murder mystery set-up: A body has been found at a remote Country Manor and a police inspector is sent to unmask the culprit!
When Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society decides to stage a 1920s murder mystery, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! These accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!
Will the cast ever remember their lines? Will we ever find out who murdered Charles Haversham? And as the set collapses around them, can the Cornley Polytchnic Drama Society escape with their lives?
This five-star show, called a ‘Gut-busting hit' by the New York Times and described by the likes of Ant and Dec as the 'funniest show we've seen!’ The Play That Goes Wrong is now ready to stumble into its seventh catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre. You’ll be reduced to tears of joy!
All About Mischief Theatre company
Since devising The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre Company has gone from strength to strength, creating a series of hugely successful West End shows including The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Lights! Camera! Improvise! and Mischief Movie Night, Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong. In April 2020, Mischief Theatre began a weekly podcast "Mischief Makers", focusing on the members of Mischief Theatre.
The Play That Goes Wrong awards
The Play That Goes Wrong definitely went right when it came to winning awards, scooping the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy in 2014. Since then, it has also collected the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best New Play, an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play.
The Play That Goes Wrong – five biggest theatre no-nos
If you don’t want your play to go wrong, here are our top five tips to avoid calamity:
1. Never whistle backstage. This goes back to the time that sailors on shore-leave used to operate the rigging in theatres. They communicated by whistling, so whistle in the wrong place and you might unexpectedly find a large piece of scenery landing on your head.
2. Don’t mention “The Scottish Play”. Actually, that’s fine…just don’t call it Macbeth. This old theatre superstition has various origins – our favourite is that the spells used by Shakespeare were so real, that productions are often plagued by accidents and misfortune.
3. Don’t say “good luck” – it’s bad luck. Instead, tell your fellow actors to break a leg. This dates back to the days of vaudeville, when acts would wait backstage to be told whether they would appear or not (‘breaking the leg’ of the curtain and appearing onstage). If they didn’t ‘break the leg’, they didn’t get paid!
4. Keep a ‘ghost light’ on stage when the theatre is closed. This is said to appease any spirits haunting the theatre. Less poetic explanations include avoiding accidents for theatre staff crossing the stage in the dark, and avoiding explosions in the days when theatre lighting was powered by gas.
5. Bad dress rehearsal = good performance. The worst thing that can curse a show is for everything to go smoothly before the show opens to the public.
What critics said about The Play That Goes Wrong
“It’s as though The Mousetrap has been taken over by Monty Python.” WhatsOnStage
“A masterpiece of malfunction.” The Times
“I feared I was going to hyperventilate.” The Daily Mail
"I have seldom, if ever, heard louder or more sustained laughter in a theatre." The Telegraph
“Gloriously Preposterous.” The Stage
The Play That Goes Wrong news
Stage Fright: 10 Things That Should Not Have Happened Live On Stage! 6 October, 2017
On Stage Disasters: When Peter Pan Goes REALLY Wrong! 20 November, 2016
- Booking Information
BSL Sunday 15th January 2023, 3pm and Friday 24th March 2023, 7:30pm
Captioned Sunday 21st November 2022, 3pm and Friday 3rd February 2023, 7:30pm
Audio Described Friday 9th December 2022, 7:30pm Sunday 5th March 2023, 3pm
For full COVID-19 entry requirements, click here
The Play That Goes Wrong Cast & Creatives
The London cast includes:
Chris – Ross Green
Dennis – Michael Keane
Robert – David Kirkbride
Jonathan – Elan James
Sandra – Ellie Morris
Max – Milo Clarke
Annie – Ciara Morris
Trevor – Blayer Benn
Authors – Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Director – Mark Bell
Designer – Nigel Hook
Lighting – Ric Mountjoy
2 hours and 5 minutes including one 20 minute interval.
- Good To Know
The theatre is fitted with a Williams Sound hearing assistance system. Headsets are available on a first come first served basis.
Stalls N1 and J14 provide wheelchair spaces, with companion seats adjacent.
There are Ladies and Gentlemen’s toilets on all levels.
No suitcase storage at the venue.
Additional Details & FAQ
- Access Information
For Accessibility information please contact 0330 333 4815 or email email@example.com
Sunday 6th November at 3pm is a relaxed performance and bookable through the access channels.
- Cancellation Policy
No refund or exchanges are available after purchase.
Online check-in will be required for this event. You will receive an email 48 hours before your performance. Upon completion of check-in you will receive your e-tickets.
In response to audience demand we are increasing our capacity but continuing to maintain robust covid mitigation measures.
- How Does It Work
Online Check-in will be required for this event
To assist with test and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.
- 48 hours before your performance you will receive a pre-visit email with a check-in link from Nimax Theatres
- You will be required to confirm that members of your party do not have Covid-19 symptoms - if you cannot confirm this you will be given details on how to exchange (this must be completed no later than 10am on the morning of your performance).
- Email address - this will be used to communicate pre-show procedures to you, assist with test and trace and provide e-tickets on completion of check-in.
- The venue will only accept E-ticket for admittance
- Nimax Theatres will provide you with a contactless e-tickets upon completion of “check-in”.
- Suitable For Children
Please note children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.
- Where Do I Go
3-5 Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5LA.
By Tube- Covent Garden
Mar 27, 2023
The Play that went wrong was hilarious from start to finish! The cast were amazing and my son thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them during the interval. This is definitely a production we will want to see again and again!
Mar 20, 2023
From start to finish this was just great entertainment.
Scott Hunter Fan Club President- NY Chapter
Mar 18, 2023
From the moment the antics started, until the end, even laughing on the way home, this show was the best show I have seen in a long time!
Mar 6, 2023
Fantastic production as always!
Mar 6, 2023
A very funny and entertaining play for young and old! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it is very much like the TV show. IHighly recommended!
Mar 5, 2023
A special night attending the show as been waiting, as a family, to see it for years. It was my wife's 50th so it was an even better evening.
Mar 5, 2023
FROM START TO FINISH,I DIDN'T LAUGH ONCE!! I'VE BEEN TO FUNNIER FUNERALS!!! I'VE GIVEN IT A ONE STAR RATING BECAUSE I COULDN'T GIVE IT ZERO STARS!!!
Mar 2, 2023
A high energy, hilarious play that must be on everyone's list to see. Thoroughly enjoyed the play and encourage anyone to go see it!
Mar 1, 2023
Amazing, so funny!
Feb 27, 2023
So funny and brilliantly performed. My teenaged niece laughed loads so that has to be the best review you can get!
Feb 27, 2023
The reviews are completely true, it honestly is hilarious and impeccably timed! I booked this for my partner as he had never been to a show on the West End before so thought it would be a nice one to ease him in as all the reviews had been really good. We didn't know what to expect at all and I was worried it would be really cringey and fake humour but I was completely wrong! The actors were brilliant and it was so perfectly timed it felt like it really was a play that went wrong. Would highly recommend to everyone!
Paula Victoria Stephanie Cogar
Feb 27, 2023
If I could give more than 5* I would. The actors were amazing and so so so funny. I would recommend this to anyone especially if you were in a sad place, it would cheer you for days and days :)
Ivan K. Cohen
Feb 26, 2023
What a joy. Even before curtain up, the cast were busy making sure it was to be a fun evening's entertainment (did they ever find the missing dog?). The cast went from a zany Act 1 to a chaotic, manic Act 2. What a fun show! Highly recommended.
Feb 22, 2023
We went to see this play with a group of friends, few kids along and I can say we all did enjoy it! I don’t remember the last time we laughed so much! Great play, amazing actors, very nice public and staff too! Fully recommended for an amazing fun night! Thank you!
Feb 20, 2023
Very entertaining and funny from beginning to end
Feb 15, 2023
Saw TPTGW when it very first opened and it was just as much fun second time around.
Feb 7, 2023
Loved it. Cried with laughter, great night out.
Feb 6, 2023
Absolutely beautiful chaos! The plot, the cast, and the attention to each tiny detail to enhance the audience's experience were all combined together to give a wonderful evening
Feb 6, 2023
Feb 5, 2023
Totally hilarious . I think these actors went to SAS training to be able to do this show. Please go and have a laugh . God knows we need it . Ps . Loved Perkins
Jan 29, 2023
Didn't really know what to expect. Enormously enjoyable. From pre-show comedy by Trevor the sound technician and getting an audience member on stage to help set the stage. Lots of laughs. Go see it
Jan 29, 2023
Hilarious, clever, brilliant! We went as a family with 2 teenagers and we all absolutely loved it. The laughs begin as soon as you sit down. Original and refreshing. I cannot recommend going to see this play highly enough and will certainly be going to see the other Mischief Theatre productions very soon.
Jan 25, 2023
Comedic timing & clever use of scenery superb. Really enjoyed our evening. Light hearted entertainment performed with precision & professionally
Jan 23, 2023
Very funny, great all rounder for the family.
Jan 22, 2023
Right from the start, I was laughing, crying, clutching stitches, slapping my hand on my thigh with the occasional howl. I was so impressed with the comedy, the writing, the improvisation from the cast and it was fun from start to finish. After the first half, I was already looking forward to watching it again! Very much recommend.
Jan 22, 2023
The stunning set of the drawing room at Haversham Manor promises a lot. The play was well executed by the actors trying to perform whilst props and furniture broke or went missing and the set gradually disintegrated around them as the play progressed. Very slap stick in style as you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next thing to go wrong. A bit predictable but entertaining enough.
Jan 20, 2023
So many laughs, so much energy and a joy from start to finish.
Dec 28, 2022
Sooo funny. The only down side is that my face hurt so much for laughing. Was a great evening out.
Dec 25, 2022
Didn’t laugh once, left with a lot of others at the interval. Funny if you’re ten years old.
Dec 24, 2022
Had us in stitches throughout, great casting and actors. Kids were amazed at how the set was falling apart at the correct times ! We were all hooked
Dec 19, 2022
I’ve seen this twice at the Duchess Theater in the past 4 months. Loved it both times! Great cast! Highly recommend
Dec 19, 2022
Funny as hell. The whole cast was amazing
Dec 12, 2022
Much funnier than expected. Brilliant acting, very agile performance, excellent performance.
Dec 5, 2022
Amazing show. Fantastic acting. A must see. 2 hours of non stop laughter. To be able to keep a live audience so entertained for so long, is a marvel. Do not hestitate to go and see this show.
Dec 5, 2022
It is an excellent show for one's that connect to English humour.
Dec 4, 2022
Outstanding and hilarious
Dec 3, 2022
Just simply amazing! No other word for it.
Nov 23, 2022
Genuinely one of the best things I have ever seen. The humour and storyline is hilarious and the jokes and slapstick are amazing. If you enjoy humour, give this show a go.
Nov 20, 2022
Absolutely hilarious performance from the first minute to the last. Superb actors with fantastic comic timing. Just the tonic I needed a truly funny play with lots of surprises. Well done.
Nov 19, 2022
Play was very funny, cast were superb. Really enjoyed the play. Well worth seeing.
Nov 6, 2022
Fantastic from the moment it started. Even before it started. Such a clever and funny play We took our kids and they loved it too. Cannot recommend it more highly
Oct 29, 2022
Funniest thing I have seen for a long time. Laughed continuously. Amazing
Oct 9, 2022
Well acted. Impeccable timing for all the things which go wrong. Some very funny parts but not as funny as noises off.
Andrew and Mima
Sep 28, 2022
Took my recently graduated daughter along. We had a great time. It was great fun, a wonderful modern farce. Well written and perfectly executed. A play within a play within a play. It was great to see an ethically diverse and young caste.
Sep 26, 2022
We went as a family to watch this for my daughters 18th having seen the episodes on the BBC (hope there are some more). It was absolutely brilliant, we all belly laughed throughout and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend for all ages.
Sep 18, 2022
Absolutely brilliant!! My mom (69), my son (9) and I (40) were crying with laughter. Cast were fantastic, naturally funny and very entertaining. Thank you!
Sep 11, 2022
Super evening - super evening for the family and all. We were in stitches of laughter throughout the whole play. Fun, organised chaos at its finest.
Sep 4, 2022
The best play I have seen in ages. Well done the cast
Aug 26, 2022
Fabulous. Well done to all those involved. What a hoot.
Aug 7, 2022
Loved the play!! It was witty and fun to watch!! Would definitely recommend seeing it if you're in London!!! ❤️