The Play That Goes Wrong, the hysterically funny stage comedy about the pratfalls and pitfalls of putting on a show, is going back on tour as well as extending its hugely successful West End run, it has been announced.
The Olivier Award-winning box office hit opens its new 2017 national UK tour at Theatre Royal Bath in January and will visit 30 venues nationwide until the end of July 2017.
The West End production is also continuing at the Duchess Theatre until at least September next year.
The Play That Goes Wrong is now enjoying its second year in the West End, where it continues to play to sold-out houses.
It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play, which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has since played to an audience of over a quarter of a million (read Stage Review’s verdict of the original 2014 tour bit.ly/1BYTcWv).
The show’s producer, Kenny Wax, said: “The Play That Goes Wrong has been licensed to 25 countries, currently playing in Japan, Hungary and Paris – as well as in London.
“It goes to prove that audiences come to the theatre to be entertained and that the fun to be had in watching brilliantly plotted physical comedy is universal.”
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.
The play 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.
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. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.
Their other production, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is currently at the Criterion Theatre and their acclaimed production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong will return to the Apollo Theatre from October 20.
UK TOUR 2017 Further touring dates to be announced….
JANUARY 10–15, BATH Theatre Royal JANUARY 17-21, NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal JANUARY 24-28, COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 4, COLCHESTER The Mercury Theatre FEBRUARY 6-11, CHELTENHAM Everyman FEBRUARY 20-25, POOLE Lighthouse FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4, SALISBURY Playhouse MARCH 6-11,GLASGOW Theatre Royal MARCH 12-18, MILTON KEYNES Theatre MARCH 20-25, LEICESTER Curve APRIL 11-15, CARDIFF New Theatre APRIL 17-22, CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre APRIL 24-29, ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre JUNE 5-10, SALFORD, The Lowry JULY 10-15, SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower