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The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Tickets

Duchess Theatre, London
The Play That Goes Wrong
Duchess Theatre, London
See the original Mischief Theatre show
Our Review 4 / 5

The Play That Goes Wrong performances from 19 November to 2 December are currently suspended. For a full list of London productions affected by Coronavirus, read here.

Putting Mischief Theatre firmly on the map, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to leave audiences in fits of giggles at the Duchess Theatre. It’s the world-renowned theatre company’s first show in a West End theatre, that went on to pave the way for shows like The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and Magic Goes Wrong. But, if you’re wanting to see the original ‘Goes Wrong’, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is the plot of The Play That Goes Wrong?

Aiming to put on their annual show, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are in the middle of rehearsals for "Murder at Haversham Manor", a 1920s murder mystery. But, as the title suggests, it's not so easy for them. See the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

The Play That Goes Wrong received its world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, entertaining just 60 theatregoers a night. Now, thousands of audience members are entertained by Mischief’s trademarks hijinks each week. It’s even premiered in Australia and on Broadway, so something must have gone right, right?

Book your The Play That Goes Wrong tickets, playing at the Duchess Theatre today.

Buy with confidence - ticket exchange

Subject to availability, tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong may be exchanged up to 24 hours prior to a performance. Tickets are exchanged on a like for like basis for a future performance and cannot exceed the value of the original booking. No partial refunds can be made if the value of the exchanged tickets is less than the original booking. If you need to exchange your booking please email us at priorityrequests@encore.co.uk

Covid-19 Information

Please note: that this venue will offer available seats based on social distancing. Once seats are booked, availability alters to reflect new socially distant seats. If you receive an error and are unable to confirm your seats please select alternatives as your original choice may no longer be socially distanced from neighbouring bookings.

Following the announcement that Nimax Theatres will be soon “switching on their lights” and reopen all their theatres, The Play That Goes Wrong is scheduled to return at the Duchess Theatre from 19 November.

After extremely long and difficult months, the audience will get a chance to once more burst into laughter, while the Mischief Theatre creatives work hard to rewrite, and restage sections of the play to make it “COVID friendly”.

All Nimax Theatres are opening with social distancing and robust risk mitigation procedures in place. Mandatory face coverings will need to be worn at all times.

Previews from |
5th September 2014
Opening date |
14th September 2014
Booking from |
9th December 2020
Available until |
2nd May 2021
Run time |
2 hours 5 minutes
Categories |
Suitable for ages 8+  
By:
Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Producer:
Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd
Director:
Mark Bell
Lighting:
Ric Mountjoy
Sound:
Andy Johnson
Design:
Nigel Hook
Costume:
Roberto Surace
Cast list:
Blayar Benn, Milo Clarke, Ross Green, Elan James, Michael Keane, David Kirkbride, Ciara Morris, Ellie Morris, Antonia Salib, Jack Michael Stacey, Oliver Clayton, Tom Bulpett, Leah Penston

Duchess Theatre Venue Information

Address:
Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

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Latest The Play That Goes Wrong News & Features

The Play That Goes Wrong reopen at Duchess Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong to reopen at Duchess Theatre
Friday, 25 September, 2020, 11:46
UPDATE: The Play That Goes Wrong will now reopen at the Duchess Theatre, with performances from 9 December. After West End theatres being closed, it has been announced today that The Play That Goes Wrong will reopen. Mischief Theatre creatives are rewriting and restaging sections of the play, in order for upcoming performances of The Play That Goes Wrong to comply with government guidelines. Speaking about the play reopening, producers Kenny Wax and...
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New cast announced for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre
Wednesday, 16 October, 2019, 12:16
Now in its fifth year at the Duchess Theatre, a new cast has been announced for The Play That Goes Wrong, who will join the West End production from 5th November. The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong will star David Kirkbride, Ross Green, Ciara Morris, Milo Clarke, Michael Keane, Blayar Benn, Elan James and Ellie Morris, with understudies Tom Bulpett, Oliver Clayton, Leah Penston, Antonia Salib and Jack Michael. Following the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they’...
Mark Evans & Patrick Warner
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Patrick Warner & Mark Evans
Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Mischief Theatre Company's rags-to-riches tale of The Play That Goes Wrong (still going disastrously strong at the Duchess Theatre) is certainly a remarkable one. It's a tale that starts at humble beginnings in a space above the Old Red Lion pub in Angel and snowballs its way to the bright lights of Broadway. It's a shining example of word-of-mouth and sheer grit and determination to succeed. It's the scrappy underdog that has cemented its spot in a West End filled...
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The Play That Goes Wrong extends in the West End
Wednesday, 06 September, 2017
Mischief Theatre’s hit The Play That Goes Wrong has announced it has extended its run in the West End. The play opened at the Duchess Theatre in September 2014 and, in celebration of the show’s 3rd birthday, has extended its booking period to 30th September 2018.  The Play That Goes Wrong is about The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who are in the midst of  putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong, does...
Interview with The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway
Tuesday, 30 May, 2017
After brightening up the West End with not one but three hit comedies the folk at Mischief Theatre certainly know how to entertain an audience. Their Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong started from humble beginnings in a pub theatre before transferring to the Trafalgar Studios, enjoying a UK tour and an extended run at the Duchess Theatre in the West End where it is now booking into its fourth year. As they broke new ground on television last Christmas...
New cast announced for The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End
New cast announced for The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
Following the Broadway opening of the Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, producers have today announced the new cast for the original London production at the Duchess Theatre from 10 May 2017. The new cast will include Jack Baldwin as Chris, Leonard Cook as Robert, Katy Daghorn as Sandra, Fred Gray as Jonathan, George Haynes as Max, Daniel Poyser as Trevor, Lindsey Scott as Annie and Sydney K Smith as Dennis, alongside Tom Babbage, Jamie Birkett, Sean...
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The Play That Goes Wrong extends booking in London's West End
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Ahead of its Broadway opening, the Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has extended its booking at the West End's Duchess Theatre to 25 February 2018. "Stumbling through its third catastrophic year" the play is written and created by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The production originally opened in the West End on 14 September 2014, following previews from 5 September, 2014. The production received...
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