Comedy hit The Play That Goes Wrong in West End opening

The Play That Goes Wrong

The hysterically funny comedy The Play That Goes Wrong opens at The Duchess Theatre, in London’s West End, on September 14 following a sellout regional run.

The Play That Goes Wrong burst onto the stage with phenomenal success last year, having originally opened as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion in London, before transferring to the Trafalgar Studios.

Winners of the Whatsonstage.com award for Best New Comedy 2014, the acclaimed play enjoyed a 21 week tour as a warm up for its return to London (read our review – bit.ly/1BYTcWv)

The play introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ which is 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.

It’s a highly physical comedy, co-written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and packed with Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with immaculate timing.

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 Play That Goes Wrong

Producer Kenny Wax said: “Some months ago a colleague of mine asked me to accompany him for a ‘second opinion’ to see The Play That Goes Wrong at the Trafalgar Studios.

“I was so excited by this courageous young group of actors that we offered them a deal on the spot.

“I should add that I have never been quite so impulsive before and had no idea if the regional theatres would even book the show.

“But I had a real desire to help this bunch of daredevil and totally committed young actors to bring their show to a wider audience and the business on the road surpassed anything that we could have imagined.

“Transferring the show into The Duchess is the next thrilling step on their incredible journey.”

Henry Lewis, Mischief Theatre artistic director said: “Our show has had an amazing journey thus far –starting in a room above a pub in north London, with a dog in the next room barking loudly throughout–helped along its way considerably, to our delight, by word of mouth.

“To bring our sense of humour to different communities all over the country has been a real pleasure and now we are incredibly
excited to be coming to the West End.

“We are a grassroots theatre company in every sense and have climbed up slowly from the very bottom of the comedy theatre world – gigs behind soundproof glass in a John Lewis shop window, on the top deck of a bus and in an underground storeroom in Poland, stick out as steep learning curves!

“The West End is an opportunity for which I am indebted to our producers who were brave enough to take us on, unknown as we are, and to the talented members of Mischief Theatre who have willingly helped simultaneously to build and climb a ladder that might have led nowhere, but wondrously led here.”

The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell and performed by Mischief Theatre members: Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Nancy Wallinger and Rob Falconer.

Previews begin next Friday, September 5.

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