The Play That Goes Wrong set for 2014 UK tour

The Play That Goes Wrong set for 2014 UK tour

credit: Alastair Muir

Edinburgh Fringe hit tours to Glasgow, Cambridge, Nottingham, York and more

In 2013, Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong opened at London's Old Red Lion to just 12 people. A year later, the comedy played to an audience of over 1100 and is now embarking on an extensive UK tour.

Co-written by company members Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields, The Play … is about a university drama society who stage a murder mystery, only to find that nothing goes according to plan. Influenced by Lecoq clowning and silent comedies, and with two hit West End runs and a sell-out stint at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, it's been an overwhelming success with audiences.

'The idea of being mortifiedly embarrassed in front of a huge number of people is something that everyone can relate to,' says Sayer, 'so the jokes land quickly and the play resonates. I think everyone has had that feeling where they want the ground to open up and swallow them, so they get on side with the characters in the play.'

And with The Nativity Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong in their catalogue too, Mischief Theatre may have a franchise on their hands. 'Right now,' says Sayer, 'I'm just focused on the one we are doing and making sure it’s as good as it possibly can be.'

King's Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 10–Sat 15 Mar

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Directed by: Mark Bell
  • Written by: Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis, Henry Shields

Award winning company Theatre Mischief presents a play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a murder mystery production.

Duchess Theatre, London WC2B

Tue 21 Aug

£26–£89 / 0844 482 9672

Wed 22 Aug

£26–£89 / 0844 482 9672

Thu 23 Aug

£26–£89 / 0844 482 9672

…and 194 more dates until 7 Apr 2019

Princess Theatre, Torquay

Mon 20 Aug

£11–£36.90 / 0870 847 2315

Tue 21 Aug

£11–£36.90 / 0870 847 2315

Wed 22 Aug

£11–£36.90 / 0870 847 2315

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

Theatre Royal, Brighton

Mon 27 Aug

£16.90–£39.40 / 0870 060 6650

Tue 28 Aug

£16.90–£39.40 / 0870 060 6650

Wed 29 Aug

£16.90–£39.40 / 0870 060 6650

…and 3 more dates until 1 Sep

Comments

1. Kevinrose Smith30 Mar 2014, 10:16am Report

This play was so funny we thought our sides were going to split, anyone that gets the chance to see at other venues will love ....

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