The Play That Goes Wrong is probably every theatre company’s worst nightmare.
But Mischief Theatre has grasped the nettle and come up with one of the funniest yarns you’ll ever see, compared by some as a coupling of Fawlty Towers and Noises Off.
Now the winner of the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy 2014 comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from May 12 to May 17.
The Play That Goes Wrong exploded onto the stage with phenomenal success last year.
Opening at the Old Red Lion in London to unanimous rave reviews, the show then transferred to the West End where it enjoyed two successive runs at the Trafalgar Studios, followed by a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, 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 thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
Triple Olivier award-winning Top Hat producer Kenny Wax who is co-producing the UK tour says: “A few months ago a producer friend asked me to accompany him to see The Play That Goes Wrong at the Trafalgar Studios.
“I was totally charmed – we offered them a deal on the spot. I should add that I have never been quite so impulsive before, 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.
“There’s something very satisfying about hearing an audience laugh, cheer and to then watch them leave the theatre with an enormous sense of elation.
“I have no doubt that this production will do the same.”