The Play Theat Goes Wrong
Best Scenic Design of a Play – Nigel Hook
The Play That Goes Wrong
by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
They are all part of the Mischief Theatre Company the play won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards.
Mischief Theatre Company have also written Peter Pan Goes Wrong which opened at London’s Apollo Theatre in December 2015 and starred the original cast from The Play That Goes Wrong.
First Preview Mar 09, 2017 / Opening Night Apr 02, 2017
Now Playing – Time For Some FUN on Broadway
A Peek Behind the Curtain
Before the play starts the audience see the backstage staff doing last-minute adjustments to the set, including trying to mend a broken mantlepiece, and to find a dog that has run off. The fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, fresh from such hits as The Lion and The Wardrobe, Cat, and James and the Peach or James, Where’s your Peach?, has received a substantial bequest and is putting on a performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor – a 1920s murder mystery play, similar to The Mousetrap, which has the right number of parts for the members. During the production a plethora of disasters befall the cast including: doors sticking; props on the walls falling down; floors collapsing. Cast members are seen misplacing props; forgetting lines (in one scene an actor repeating an earlier line results in the same dialogue being repeated, ever more frenetically, several times); missing cues; having to drink white spirit instead of whisky; mispronouncing words; standing on fingers; being hidden in a grandfather clock; and being manhandled off stage with one cast member being knocked unconscious and her replacement (and the group technician) refusing to yield when she returns. The climax is a tribute to a scene in Buster Keaton’s film Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), when virtually the whole of the remaining set collapses.
Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions/deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold/TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions/Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment/Jack Lane/John Yonover, Lucas McMahon, Mischief Theatre