The Play That Goes Wrong Recoups Capitalisation

The Play That Goes Wrong, the comedy by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, has announced that it has recouped its £250,000 capitalisation at the Duchess Theatre.

The production, which is directed by Mark Bell, opened in the West End on 14 September 2014 following previews from 5 September, and is currently taking bookings to 5 September 2015. It opened to generally positive reviews, with many praising the energy of the ensemble and the careful direction of the comedy. The play previously had a UK tour, as well as a run at the Trafalgar Studios 2 and the Old Red Lion fringe venue.

Nica Burns, who owns the Duchess Theatre, said: “This little gem of a play, written and performed by a group of unemployed drama school graduates from LAMDA is, to their utter surprise, on its way to being the most successful play at the Duchess in the last decade. This makes me laugh with delight. Just like the audience. As they tell me that no one else will give them a job, they will be seen at the Duchess for a very long time to come.”

The cast includes Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Nancy Wallinger and Rob Falconer, who are members of the Mischief Theatre company.

The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

The play is designed by Nigel Hook, with lighting by Ric Mountjoy. It is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.

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