About The Play That Goes Wrong

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong bounces back into London's West End at the Duchess Theatre, following two previous runs and a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Join the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to stage a complex murder mystery drama where, as the title suggests, everything that possibly could go wrong does! The over-the-top thespians struggle to keep the 1920s mystery afloat, as accident prone actors get into mischief, personal life is dragged on stage and even the set begins to collapse around them.

Described as 'Faulty Towers' meets The Mousetrap, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. From humble beginnings at the Old Red Lion in Islington, the Mischief Theatre Company who have both written and performed The Play That Goes Wrong join the ranks of the West End delivering this innovative farce with utter precision, expert comic timing and ruthless energy.

WHO'S IN IT?

The Play That Goes Wrong is written and performed by members of the Mischief Theatre Company. The group was founded in 2008 out of graduates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, beginning life as an improv-comedy group. Currently the cast includes Lindsey Scott, Daniel Poyser, Jack Baldwin, Fred Gray, Sydney K. Smith, Leonard Cook, Katy Daghorn and George Haynes, with Tom Babbage, Jamie Birkett, Seán Carey and Beth Lilly.

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What's the story?

The Play That Goes Wrong begins before the curtain has even been raised, as the audience witness the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society preparing to stage their annual production – which this year happens to be a 1920s murder mystery 'Murder at Haversham Manor'.

With a murder having been committed in a country house isolated by a fierce snowstorm, there are multiple suspects, and an Inspector hell bent on solving the crime – the perfect ingredients for a complex thriller...

As props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to fall down around the cast, mayhem ensues, but the amateur thespians struggle on against all the odds. But will they ever make the final curtain? And at what cost...?

The Play That Goes Wrong Performance Dates & Times

Running time

Mon
  • -
Tue
  • 19:30
Wed
  • 19:30
Thu
  • 19:30
Fri
  • 19:30
Sat
  • 14:30
  • 19:30
Sun
  • 15:00
  • 19:00

Who's it suitable for?

Suitable for ages 8+

Facts & Figures

The company behind The Play That Goes Wrong are about to tour the UK with a new comedy- Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

The play originally ran in London at a pub theatre in Islington. 

Where is The Play That Goes Wrong?

Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.

3-5 Catherine Street London WC2B 5LA
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68
  • Parking: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross