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The Play That Goes Wrong - a Mischief Theatre production

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Booking from
Friday, 18 June 2021

Booking until
Sunday, 28 April 2024

Running time
2 hours (incl. interval)

Performance Times

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The Play That Goes Wrong

Meet the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. They're absolutely dreadful, one of the most inept and talentless college amateur dramatics societies in Britain. When they come into an unexpected sum of money they can finally afford to stage a 1920s murder mystery. But everything that can go wrong does go wrong, as the group of horribly accident prone Thespians try, against considerable odds, to achieve the final curtain call.

If you like your plays funny you'll fall about laughing at the antics of this lot, a classic spoof if there ever was one. And it's already well on its way to becoming a cult theatre hit in the making. As Charles Spencer, the Telegraph's theatre critic, said: “For one hour the audience is bludgeoned with a succession of sight gags, mistimed lines, misplaced props and collapsing scenery that creates a rising tide of hysteria in the audience. I haven’t laughed so much in a theatre since the last revival of Noises Off.

You will never forget the hapless police inspector who pretends to take notes using a bunch of keys and a vase. The chaos that happens when the butler serves raw white spirit to the characters because he poured the fake whisky into a coal bucket. Or the lead role, who has a brilliant knack of mispronouncing the simplest words. One of the funniest plays to hit the West End for ages!

Audience Latest Reviews

Reviews Summary based on 1732 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

Laughs a plenty
Very well acted comedy of errors. Anything and everything that could go wrong, does. Despite numerous setbacks, the cast manfully carry on. Lots of gags to keep everyone entertained.
Abhijit, 31 May 2023
Hilarious show
This was the funniest show I’ve ever seen. I laughed through the whole thing. I think the British have the same sense of humour as us Australians. Seriously slapstick comedy.
Margaret, 27 May 2023
Absolutely hilarious and a must see!
I don't think I ever stopped laughing for more that a minute the entire show.
Racheal, 24 May 2023
Brilliant ridiculous fun
We took our 10 year old to see this for his birthday. He, and we, loved it. A joyous way to spend an evening.
Thomas, 21 May 2023
Dramatic and full of laughs. Would be happy to see again!
From staff on entry and exit. From start to end of the play. We couldn't help laughing and enjoying it so much that we wanted more and didn't want to go away. Fantastic play so much to laugh at. Great choice to make for our first theatre visit ever. Will seek the other plays the cast do and come again with family. Brilliant night out.
Theresa, 19 May 2023
Fun in a friendly environment
The show was more than 2 hours, with a short break in the middle and most of the time was spent laughing out loud. There's a bit too much slapstick for my taste, but it was well done and appropriate. The actors were very good and very communicative, as well as able to improvise when the situation required so.
Roberto, 16 May 2023
A brilliant show for people who appreciate talent and a really good laugh
Charlene, 14 May 2023
Creative, brilliant and funny
Timing emaculate, acting was supurb
D, 06 May 2023
A funny night out
A good laugh throughout the show. A clever and talented cast.
Pamela, 03 May 2023
Great Visit
The show was very good but not for English as a second language. Many couples who were not English speaking did not get the jokes. The tickets being sent to my phone was a night mare as I don't have a smart phone and I couldn't down load to a hard copy.
Rachel, 26 Apr 2023
Fantastic evening
This show was delightfully funny, non stop laughing, we all went home exhausted, can’t imagine how the cast felt. Great cast, great set, we will return for the Peter Pan show at Christmas. Thank you
Sally-Anne, 23 Apr 2023
DIEGO ALBERTO, 21 Apr 2023
Hilarious and very well played
Tears of laughter and amazed by the energy of the actors. We had a splendid evening!
Ingeborg, 20 Apr 2023
So Brilliant
Hilarious from even before it began. We haven’t laughed so much in ages. Went home with aching cheeks.
Lee, 19 Apr 2023
Fun, silly, different
Had a great time at this show. First half was definately stronger, while the ending was a little chaotic, and a tad long. Overall a very good show with a good cast and decent presentation.
Jon, 16 Apr 2023
Quite funny
Okay, it’s not intellectual comedy or anything, but it hit the spot. We laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Worth seeing if you’re in the right mindset.
Barry, 08 Apr 2023
The play that goes wrong
I ached so much from laughing. It was a brilliant play and how the set worked was amazing.
Sue, 08 Apr 2023
Hilarious from start to finish!
Have seen this play before but this production is a couple of notches above. We were luck enough to get the new Mischief Theatre cast on their debut night- what a talented group, not a weak link in the bunch, if you’re in the mood to laugh til your cheeks hurt go see this.
Marie, 05 Apr 2023
Spring Break at the Theater
Definitely worth the price of admission. Thank you for a good show!
orlando, 28 Mar 2023
a play that anyone with a silly sense of humour would love
I thought it was brilliantly directed and choreographed - one inch the wrong way and someone could have got hurt! I'm not a lover of farce, but this was really very clever. I brought my grandson for his birthday. We had the misfortune to sit in front of a woman with a very loud, raucous laugh.
Wendy, 18 Mar 2023
Really funny and are the actors are great, each having its own way of acting
PASCALE, 13 Mar 2023
Laughed so hard it gave me a headache
I don't remember the last time I laughed so much. Great performances all around. First half was better than second in my opinion. But that doesn't mean it was lackluster in any sense.
Vivek, 05 Mar 2023
Don't miss this show - fantastic comic acting and perfect timing. it really was absolutely hilarious!
Steve, 03 Mar 2023
Good, slapstick spoof murder mystery
My 14 year old son thought this was the highlight of our trip to London. Very funny and silly. Kept us entertained. Nice small theatre so felt close in to the action.
Heather, 23 Feb 2023
Fast moving comedy
A very good night out- expect the unexpected. Every part of the set involved . Very clever in the use of 3 stories running side by side .
Alison, 17 Feb 2023
Organised chaos
Delightful show, very well performed. Even if the theme was predictable the delivery was perfect
Stephen, 13 Feb 2023
Silly but funny moments throughout
Comedy timing perfect , audience involvement , silly slapstick humour at its best .
Stephen, 12 Feb 2023
Funny and well staged
A pleasant surprise The acting is mastered, the set is gorgeous and well staged, dialogs are funny,... Have a good night with this spiritual play !
Jordaël, 12 Feb 2023
Completly crazy, but a very good laugh.
Good crazy entertainment in a good theater
Michael, 22 Jan 2023
Laughed all the way and i don’t usually laugh at slapstick.
Loved it. So funny.
Sarah, 22 Jan 2023
Very amusing
Not professional, but good stage craft and timing and very athletic roles by the cast. Slapstick and a pleasant change from the norm. No microphones, fast speaking, dialogue difficult to hear.
Derek, 12 Jan 2023
The Play That Goes Wrong gets it right.
Very very funny, performed with huge amounts of energy, superb farce, lots of tricks, the set is brilliant. If you like theatre or ever did am-dram there's plenty of little nods, if you didn't (like my kids), there's endless gags, buffoonery and relentless pace, the cast are clearly enjoying themselves immensely. It does exactly what you want it to, and by the end it brings the house down. I loved it, my two boys 11 and 9 loved it.
Richard, 09 Jan 2023
Wrong done right!
Not exactly Shakespeare, but a great night on the West End. Lots of laughs, physical comedy, and running gags throughout. Very accessible if you have a friend who doesn’t normally go to shows.
Thomas, 04 Jan 2023
Brilliant comedy you didn’t know you needed!
This show was absolutely brilliant, the comedic timing and calibre of the cast was excellent. I would urge everyone to go and watch without any preconceived ideas! Go half an hr hour so you can go through bag search, get snacks and settle into your seats.
Netia, 21 Dec 2022
Run, don’t walk to the theatre!
This was just absolutely phenomenal! Incredibly funny from start to finish, with the most amazingly talented cast. All the actors were so natural and delivered such high quality acting in every aspect of the show. It was all so well timed and such an impressive performance. Unless you don’t want to laugh for two hours straight and have the time of your life, I suggest you go asap to catch a performance of this wonderfully witty play.
Amie, 19 Dec 2022
Exquisite timing - not played for laughs which made it even funnier.
Yvonne, 18 Dec 2022
Be ready to ache from laughing
You have to be really talented to make something so bad look this good. Have seen this twice and would happily go again.
Lesley, 03 Dec 2022
Was great but set was fell apart
Actors carried on the show however the entire set was broken and stuck back together.
Jemma, 13 Nov 2022
Like plays what he wrote on adrenaline
Starts with audience participation, has visual and comic line gags. Actors who enjoy every second on stage and make sure the audience has the best experience. If there is a more action packed spectacule on stage I would be surprised.
Philip, 11 Nov 2022
Really funny show
Very clever how this was put together. Thoroughly enjoyed this play. You laugh so much it keeps you high for ages. I would recommend this play to anyone who is up for a laugh.
Julie, 06 Nov 2022
Absolutely hysterical! I was sore from laughing so much. It was a sheer delight. The acting and set was fantastic!
Bronwyn, 05 Nov 2022
Amusing! Everything right about The Play That Goes Wrong!
Be ready to clap, cheer and laugh! This play is side splittingly funny. The humour is for everyone and the physical comedy cannot fail to raise a smile. Go and see!
Ashley, 29 Oct 2022
Pleasantly enjoyable very funny 😁
Sandie, 19 Oct 2022
Such a silly but hilarious comedy
I actually have been and seen this show twice in the last month, first I saw it with my mum then took my friend as we found it so entertaining and funny. I love it!!
Kirsty, 09 Oct 2022
Farce on steroids
To anyone who has ever had the pleasure of performing in a less than professional show at any time, you’ll doubtless recognise some of the tropes of bad theatre delivered with immaculate comic timing and great aplomb all round by a talented and energetic cast. The pace at which they build and hit you is frenetic and this production becomes the perfect distillation of every hilarious theatrical malaise you’ve ever encountered - from the beautifully understated “errors” in script delivery, to the precision timing of technical hiccups with lights, sound, and set, there is so much going on I fully intend to go back for a second visit as I guess I may have missed some bits previously. This performance starts off strongly delivered with a great rate of laughs and just gets faster and more outrageous throughout with just the most magnificent crescendo of farce you’ll ever see. Highly highly recommended to all. Bravo and Brava to an incredibly capable and infeasibly slick set of cast and crew to bring such anarchy to the stage. Monumental.
Sam, 02 Oct 2022
My abdomen hurts now!
I laughed through the whole show and fell in love with Tomisin Ajani just because of the great acting! Thank you for a wonderful laugh.
Gosia, 28 Sep 2022
Hilarious, my stomach hurt from laughing so much
Love the show, would love to see it again.
Warren, 25 Sep 2022
Funny, very on the nose humour, some played-out jokes
Actors were excellent, it takes a lot of skill to be over the top slapstick ridiculous and still keep audiences interested. The script is over the top, in a funny way, except when certain jokes get old towards the end (ongoing fight could’ve been much shorter).
Humberto, 23 Sep 2022
Will recommend this to everyone I know. Brilliantly acted and genuinely hilarious…all Theatre should be like this!
David, 22 Sep 2022
Very funny ..
Very entertaining very funny
Margarita, 11 Sep 2022
A must see
Brilliant storyline and acting with a laugh every minute
Andrew, 10 Sep 2022
A must see
Genuinely funny throughout. Very original and impressive. Can’t fault it.
Tim, 07 Sep 2022
Couldn’t stop laughing!
Go along and enjoy! Superb acting with amazing precision timing and literally a laugh a minute!
Nicola, 04 Sep 2022
The play was brilliant,energetic,clever and very funny.The actors were Brilliant fun!!I stood up and clapped at the end,as I thought the energy and enthusiasm from the actors was awesome.I would recommend this play to anyone.Even my sulky teenager was laughing away!!!
gill, 23 Aug 2022
Loved the show - original script great actors great timing
marie, 11 Aug 2022
timing is amazing
With all the tragedy in the world, it was nice to sit back and laugh. Loved the slapstick humor.
Louise, 09 Aug 2022
Best show i have ever seen
Elif, 08 Aug 2022
Oh we needed so much a couple of hours trouble free and the show have delivered. I can't remember last time when I laughed so much for continuous 2h. Definitely recommend to anyone who need some laugh and happy tears.
Agnieszka, 01 Aug 2022
If you miss it… you’ll regret it… so much:)
A pure laugh is what all of us really need… and this show strikes you to the point. They are extraordinary performers and the structure is great! Do yourself a favour: do NOT miss it!:)
ida, 01 Aug 2022
Must see
Absolutely amazing show! Me and my husband didn’t stop laughing my cheek bones were aching by the end 😂
Lauren, 31 Jul 2022
Hilarious performance, brilliant acting, best comedy I’ve seen in a long time, surpassed expectations!
Zenobia, 19 Jul 2022
Soo funny, a great evening and well worth being in our seats early! Thank you to you all x
Sally, 10 Jul 2022
2nd viewing and still laughing
Went see this 4 or 5 years ago.i had a friend come over from Denmark and just knew I had to take him to see it. Some different cast members but still funny as hell. British comedy at its best
David, 08 Jul 2022
So much fun!
I had one free evening in London when I was visiting for business and knew that this was the play I wanted to see. It's so clever and combines slapstick and (quite impressive) physical comedy with excellent comedic writing. To anyone who has ever seen or participated in community theatre, it's a must-see.
Danielle, 22 Jun 2022
Lighthearted all age show
Enjoyed the show. A bit of fun and suitable for any age. Not as funny as I’d expected but could be because we’ve seen on tv so knew what to expect. Theatre quite small and has intimate feel.
Lynn, 19 Jun 2022
Travel 4000 miles from Canada to laugh your #$$ off. Jolly well done!
Loved this show. Audience was invited and encouraged to become involved. Great fun and amazing set design. Can’t wait to see it when they get the kinks worked out🤣
Ian, 10 Jun 2022
Extremely funny and even sharper for regular theatre-goers
I have great experience seeing plays of all types. I took a 19 year old, inexperienced theatre-goer who has some learning challenges and she loved it because it was easy to follow, laugh-out loud funny and even if she didn't get the more sutble jokes, she thorougly enjoyed the production as did I.
Cheryl, 09 Jun 2022
Fab performance but needs a more progressive script
The acting was brilliant, their comic timing and ability was superb! I cannot fault any of the actors or directors; they are extremely talented. However, I feel as though the female actors were cheated with a script that made most of their humour sexualised despite all those actors having the ability to be comical in other ways. I was disappointed that even the female cast members who were acting as stage hands were also put into a position that grinding against another of the actors was supposed to be humorous; it was instead uncomfortable. Act 2 could do with a polish of the script. It was difficult to follow and at times it’s attempt at humour was lost in its absurdity. That being said, the concept was brilliant, and a classic stage tale. I thought the stage production was incredible and the comic timing was perfection. I also enjoyed the audience interaction during the interlude and prelude which set up jokes within the play brilliantly. I really like these actors, however, I feel as though this script could do with an update to make it more enjoyable and fluid in its story-telling - especially in the ending scenes.
Ella-Jane, 03 Jun 2022
Hysterically funny. The actors were amazing with their comedic timing. We loved it!!
Alena, 29 May 2022
Fantastic FARCE
High class physical comedy at its Harild Llyod best. Love the Duran Duran references and audience participation. Cheeky, zany and deliciously corny!!
Aidan, 29 May 2022
Can’t stop laughing
Excellent show with a great cast. View of the stage was good and intermission refreshments bubbly and cool. Loved it.
Sonja, 22 May 2022
Great show,
IAN, 21 May 2022
Hilarious slapstick humor
We laughed and laughed. Cheap show, lots of fun. Must see!!
Mel, 13 May 2022
The Play that Goes Wrong is so Wright 😉
What a show. Brilliant from start to finish. Great cast and so funny. Front of house and all the staff were lovely. Would highly recommend
Shane, 10 May 2022
Very entertaining show
Good laugh, sometimes a bit chringy, very entertaining, do not expect serious theater or surprising story
Thijs, 07 May 2022
Worth the trip from California!
So much fun. Very delightful.
Rene, 05 May 2022
Hilarious from start to finish!
This production was recommended as we loved the TV series (The Goes Wrong Show), from the moment we sat down to the end of the evening we were entertained and laughed until we cried!…This production doesn’t disappoint and will have you laughing all the way through it’s hilarious twists and turns and prop malfunctions.
Karl, 01 May 2022
Laughter all the way
Great seats, row H dress circle. Laughed from start to finish. Would really need to see it again as I am sure I missed some great lines. Go and see it, you won’t be disappointed.
Alan, 29 Apr 2022
Keith, 27 Apr 2022
Hilarious! Laughed from start to finish. Brilliant for adults and kids alike! Loved it!
Liz, 16 Apr 2022
Just simply EXCELLENT !!
This show is a MUST if you are a fan of the popular TV series ..it didnt fail to deliver on any level , from the moment the "stage hands & sound engineer" entered the stage it was non stop laughing , fantastic energy and acting from all concerned ,if you want to buy memorabilia you can get it at theatre reception ,there`s not a dedicated stall which can be confusing when looking around to purchase items . All in all a brilliant show i cant rate it highly enough 5 stars doesnt really do it justice
Terry, 13 Apr 2022
A must see
Everything about the show was great. Hilarious & the actors were fantastic
Denise, 10 Apr 2022
Sidesplittingly funny
I have never laughed so much for years. I absolutely would recommend this to anyone who likes a well acted, fast moving, brilliantly choreographed and hilarious play.
Jennifer, 06 Apr 2022
Loved the show,timings were perfect and the plot was good,plus all the stunts in between!!!Very funny..lots of laughs..
Rachael, 28 Mar 2022
Not to be missed!
A fabulous, hilarious, very clever & brilliantly acted play! Never stopped laughing. Thankyou!
june, 25 Mar 2022
Very entertaining!
Great fun,lively and felt the audience was included in the mayhem. Very cleverly executed.
Lorraine, 24 Mar 2022
Hilarious traditional farce
None stop laugh out loud bedlam , a traditional British farce . From start to finish the whole play was hilarious with the audience in stitches throughout . All the characters were strong and full of energy . I’ve seen this play twice now over 4 years . Content is suitable for most of the family but I’m not sure younger teens would appreciate the traditional farce element of the play . 10 out of 10 from my friend and I .
Elaine, 24 Mar 2022
Very funny, very well acted. Great entertainment.
Christopher, 21 Mar 2022
Never stopped laughing. Brilliant entertainment
Jackie, 21 Mar 2022
Can someone pick me up from the floor
So funny keep it up
Steven, 20 Mar 2022
Laughs right from the start
I was laughing all the way through. Good family fun, it is possible to be funny without being profane. The slapstick was amazing. Well done all the cast.
Felicia, 20 Mar 2022
Very funny
Wonderful cast and lots of laughs!
Eloise, 18 Mar 2022
Frolickingly funny
A good wholesome giggle it made me laugh it made me cry and even the odd snort or three An easy funny night at the theatre
Clint, 16 Mar 2022
Joyous Theatre!
Absolutely joy of a show. Brilliantly funny and highly original. I am so happy I bought last minute tickets. Go see this show you won’t regret it!
Shawna, 15 Mar 2022
Laughs from start to finish
Took the opportunity to see this show whilst in London for a few days.As a fan of the Mischief gang I was not disappointed at all. Even the wife laughed throughout- no mean feat.
Eddy, 10 Mar 2022
Absolutely brilliant!
We laughed all the way through it was fantastic! I booked the tickets the night before and it was well worth it. The cast were brilliant, made me laugh out loud and my face ached because of the laughing.
Lisa, 06 Mar 2022
Laugh a minute
Excellent energy hilariously funny from start to finish!
Caroline, 06 Mar 2022
Fits of Laughter
Thanks for the laughs, fun and memories we now have to share
Cheryl, 06 Mar 2022
Couldn't stop laughing. So much happening on stage you were looking everywhere. Really really talented actors. Absolutely brilliant. Worth every penny.
Karen, 03 Mar 2022
A must-see if you like physical comey
This is a masterpiece of timing and physical comedy and is clever enough to delivery a lot of unexpected gags. There are many that come as less of a surprise but all executed brilliantly. make sure you are seated 10 minutes before the show starts as it begins early.
Paul, 03 Mar 2022