The Play That Goes Wrong transfers to Duchess Theatre from September

The Play that Goes Wrong, Trafalgar Studios: the Mischief Theatre company's production imagines a 1920s whodunit performed by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society

The Play That Goes Wrong, which has had excellent reviews at the Trafalgar, and before that the Old Red Lion pub theatre, transfers to the Duchess Theatre from September.  There are some £20 tickets for the first month that can be booked here.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group.  The premise of this play: “After benefiting from a large and sudden inheritance, the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on producing an ambitious 1920s murder mystery in the West End. Hilarious disaster ensues and the cast start to crack under the pressure, but can they get the production back on track before the final curtain falls?  The show is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing”

According to the Telegraph Review  “the aptly named Mischief Theatre company have no great claim to originality with The Play that Goes Wrong, in which we are supposedly watching the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society presenting a 1920s whodunit. But boy does it hit the funny bone.For one hour the audience is bludgeoned with a succession of sight gags, mistimed lines, misplaced props and collapsing scenery that creates a rising tide of hysteria in the audience. I haven’t laughed so much in a theatre since the last revival of Noises Off.”

West End Frame blog said “The play strikes the perfect balance between verbal and physical slapstick comedy. Different parts seemed to tickle different audience members, many of whom were left in uncontrollable hysterics and half the time I found myself laughing at other people laughing.”


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