The phenomenally successful The Play That Goes Wrong brings its unique brand of chaotic comedy tale to London’s Duchess Theatre.
But something must be going very right for the disaster-riddled show, with its riotous escapades winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, now playing in the West End and theatres across the globe.
The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery, similar in ilk to other West End shows. But as the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds, with everything that can go wrong… well, doing just that. Watch out for collapsing sets, forgotten lines, broken fourth walls, absent props and unfortunate injuries aplenty.
Despite the setbacks, the actors struggle bravely to reach the final curtain, in events packed with Keaton-esque slapstick, finely-tuned fast and a wealth of physical comedy. Rib-tickling guaranteed.
The remarkable rags-to-riches story of the production shows no signs of slowing down. Having started its life at a London fringe venue, the Old Red Lion Theatre, with only four paying customers at the first performance, the show first moved to Trafalgar Studios and then on to the Duchess Theatre. It has since played to an audience of over two million.
Having transferred to Broadway in early 2017, the hit show was playing simultaneously in twelve countries, with foreign language productions in France, Israel and Italy, and claimed a Tony Award in 2017 for Best Scenic Design of a Play.
The comedy was written by original Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the masterminds also behind Olivier Award-nominated comedies Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
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Director - Mark Bell; Producer - Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd; Designer - Nigel Hook; Costume - Roberto Surace; Lighting Designer - Ric Mountjoy; Set Designer - Nigel Hook; Sound - Andy Johnson; Author - Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields; Music By - Rob Falconer CAST: Annie - Ciara Morris; Trevor - Blayar Benn; Chris - Ross Green; Jonathan - Elan James; Dennis - Michael Keane; Robert - David Kirkbride; Sandra - Ellie Morris; Max - Jack Michael Stacey; Understudies - Rosemarie Akwafo, Euan Bennet, Colin Burnicle, Sally Cheng and Oliver Clayton.
The double Tony award-winning smash-hit musical Newsies will debut in the UK for a limited run from 29th November. In an innovative and brand-new production, Newsies is based on the book by Harvey Fierstein, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman. On sale now! Newsies, Disney's award-winning Broadway musical, is premiering in the UK at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in 2022. Based on a true story, Newsies is set in New York City at the turn of the 19th Century. A rousing tale of ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers who dream of a better life, Newsies follows the story young newsboys from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons, after newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers charged to the newsies. A tale based on the fight for justice using the only power they have - solidarity. Debuting at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on 29 November 2022, theatregoers will be thrust right inside the action as the newsies dance, sing, jump and fly around the streets of a booming 19th century New York City. Tickets are on sale now! Don't miss the Broadway smash hit, Newsies at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in Wembley Park this November.
Jackie’s family has lived under the shadow of the great giant for years. Tales of the huge, terrifying man living in the sky and coming down a beanstalk have been passed down for generations. But Jackie wants to find out the truth for herself. In a brand new and contemporary adaptation of the famous fairy tale, Jackie breaks free of the fear that has held her family captive, and learns not to be afraid of things she doesn’t know yet. With a show packed full of stunning circus moments, shadow puppets and beanstalk climbing action , be prepared to reimagine what you know about giants. Jack and the Beanstalk is directed by Kaveh Rahnama, who created the much-loved, sell-out shows, The Party and Pinocchio, as well as last year’s stunning production of A Christmas Circus Fairytale. Suitable all the family (recommended for 3+)
A magical show where beautiful Princesses become Pop Stars! This is the children’s pop concert with a big difference. A musical spectacular starring four fabulous Fairy Tale Princesses who just love to sing! It’s the perfect mix. Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus all the best songs from all your favourite films and musicals. Come and join the fun!
Performed by a multi-tasking cast of just four actors and laced with atmospheric and cheekily rewritten Christmas carols, this fresh take on the much-loved fable is a festive comedy of terrors. Eloisa Scrooge is the world’s worst boss, until she’s nominated for a Christmas Eve makeover from an exuberant trio of queer ghosts. Taking her back to her past, and forwards to the shocking future that awaits her if she doesn’t change her ways, they show her a life that’s lost its way, and her impact on those around her – most of all her beleaguered assistant Bobbi Cratchitt. Creatives: Writers: Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper Lyrics: Jon Bradfield Director: Andrew Beckett Writers Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s celebrated adult pantomimes for Above The Stag Theatre, directed by Andrew Beckett, received such praise as: "Witty, topical, traditional & hilariously queer" - Sir Ian McKellen
Featuring an exciting line up of established West End and up and coming performers. Expect incredible dance numbers and a whole lot of wow factor from our singers.
A big-hearted production based on Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, written by Geoffrey Aymer (script and lyrics) and Jordan Xavier (music). Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a production immerses the community in this uplifting Christmas tale. Theatre Peckham’s Scroogelicious fills the auditorium with music, mischief and merriment. Christmas is a coming, but one man isn’t happy Mention of the word makes him irritable and snappy He’s all about his wealth, you see, and from his lofty station… His vision for ol’ Peckham, is pure gentrification Some say he’s heartless, greedy and ambitious But sum up his traits; he’s simply SCROOGELICIOUS “Christmas?! That’s bare humbug, innit!” Suitable for all ages. Running time: 2 hours with interval. Schools/Groups (10 or more) wishing to book should please contact Kamari Romeo firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7708 5401. Thank you to The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation for supporting Scroogelicious.
what's in a name? productions is back with our annual Professional Christmas Panto. A tradition for everyone that has been before. This year we bring you 2 beloved stories woven together. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. As always we have our very own Waltham Forest twists and turns along the way. Laughter, lightness, singing and dancing that the whole family can enjoy. Our Panto is never just for the children. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult. No more than 4 children to 1 adult.
In this smash-hit spooktacular, the casts of Sh!t-Faced Showtime and Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare have teamed up to bring you more debauched drunkenness than you can shake a cocktail stick at. Fresh from our run at the Edinburgh Fringe, we’re bringing you Dickens' classic tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his Divine intervention. Revamped with brand new songs orchestrated by his favourite spirits, this festive tale gets a much needed shake up. Featuring a cast of professional actors, with a single intoxicated cast member thrown into the mix each night, this all singing, tipple slinging, merriment bringing, booze-ical is bound to leave you gasping for a chaser. Bar! Rum! Glug! ★★★★ “If you’re looking for something to get you into the Christmas Spirit, well, there’s no shortage of spirits being passed around here!” - Metro Please note: Dynamic pricing is in place for this event so the earlier you book the cheaper your ticket. Make Scrooge proud and book now to save your pennies!
“Our Town has proved that instead of being only a play of the moment when it was first seen, it is a play of every moment” The Guardian Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners; a story about mortality, told through the everyday lives of its citizens The timeless three-act play asks questions about the meaning of love, life and death by exploring the relationship between George and Emily, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance. John Haidar returns to direct his fourth play at Guildhall. Please note, this production contains references to suicide, childbirth, depression and alcoholism, and depictions of drug use. It may also include blood, smoking and sudden loud noises. Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including two intervals.
“It’s an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.” Summer 1940. On a peaceful morning in her Washington D.C. living room, widow Fanny Farrelly anxiously awaits the return of her daughter and her German husband, fleeing Europe with their children. As night falls, dark secrets emerge, and this American sanctuary becomes even more dangerous than what they left behind. Known for her success on Broadway (The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour) Lillian Hellman was also a brilliant activist, ahead of her time. WATCH ON THE RHINE is her masterpiece political thriller, given a timely revival by director Ellen McDougall. This production is generously supported by Charles Holloway, Season Supporter
“Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” In a quiet desert town way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost. As they wait for the next bus out, these unexpected visitors bring the town to life in surprising ways, proving that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy for best Musical Theatre Album, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together. Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs the European premiere of a brand new production of The Band’s Visit, his next musical following his Broadway-transferring smash hit Caroline, or Change, nominated for three Tony Awards. "It is time to fall in love again! One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by" The New York Times LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE – any returns or tickets released will go directly online when available. The running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval This production is generously supported by Charles Holloway, Season Supporter
Following sensational critical acclaim One Woman Show played sold out runs at Soho Theatre London and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and was called “the single hottest ticket in the capital right now” (Time Out). Liz Kingsman’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show within a show is “an uproarious spoof” (Telegraph) of the genre it borrows its title from, and was listed as The Guardian’s Number 1 Comedy Event of 2021. A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing. This is a show so unflinching you’ll be begging for a flinch. Trigger warning: contains blinding ambition.