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The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong
Where? Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, Covent Garden When? 18th June 2021 to 4th May 2025 7.30 PM (Tue-Sat); 7 PM (Sun) 2.30 PM matinee (Sat); 3 PM (Sun) Running time? 2 hours 5 mins, with interval Price? From £27 Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 6, 9, 13, 23, RV1 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Covent Garden Piccadilly Other nearby stations: Charing Cross, Embankment, Holborn and Temple Train fares

The Play That Goes Wrong is the West End's funniest farce, a smash-hit comedy that's been hailed as a cross between Fawlty Towers and Noises Off.

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society

When the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society find themselves the happy beneficiary of a windfall inheritance they decide to put on an ambitious 1920s murder mystery - The Murder at Haversham Manor.

The play seems simple enough... there's been a murder at a country manor so an inspector arrives to interview the suspects. But as the pressure of putting on a West End show starts to build the accident-prone cast crack under the pressure, and now they're struggling to get everything ready before the curtain falls!

Scene from The Play That Goes Wrong
Scene from The Play That Goes Wrong

The show takes you backstage to see the crew scrambling to make last-minute fixes to the set as the gods start throwing absolutely everything at them, from crushed fingers and collapsing floors to sticky doors and falling props.

Everything that can possibly go wrong does... the actors forget their lines, break character mid-scene, and get locked inside a grandfather clock. It's non-stop mayhem from start to finish!

Will the actors manage to make it through to their final curtain call unscathed... or will it be an evening of hilarious disaster?

One of the West End's longest-running shows

The show has been blundering through eight catastrophic years at the Duchess Theatre, making it longest-running play since it opened a hundred years ago. It's also undertaken five successful tours and picked up a prestigious Tony Award and Olivier Award for 'Best New Comedy'.

Scene from The Play That Goes Wrong
Scene from The Play That Goes Wrong

What the theatre critics say...

Daily Mail: ★★★★★ "I feared I was going to hyperventilate"; The Times: ★★★★★ "A masterpiece of malfunction"; Sunday Telegraph: ★★★★ "A great-looking, brilliantly performed piece"; The Independant: ★★★★ "Exquisitely choreographed mayhem"; Financial Times: ★★★★ "A joyous show builds to a delirious climax"

The Play That Goes Wrong Cast & Creatives

Director: Mark Bell; Written by: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields; Cast: Rolan Bell, Tommi Vicky, Ross Virgo, Rosie Meek, Lucy Doyle, Keith Ramsay, Iona Fraser, Hisham Abdel Razek, Harry Bradley, Gavin Dunn, Elliot Goodhill, Daniel Cech-Lucas, Luke Dayhill

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Your comments and questions

Sheila I would like to see it on Sunday. Can I just turn up at theatre and buy tickets?

Staff Hi Sheila. You can do, but of course there's no guarantee that you'll get any. Unsold seats usually go on sale up to an hour before showtime at most theatres. If it's because you haven't got time to post them then you're better off buying them online beforehand and picking them up at the box office on the day

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