Latest Review – The Play That Goes Wrong [The Lowry] [UK Tour]

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

The Lowry, Salford Quays

Until Saturday 10th June, 2017.


Founded in 2008 by former students of The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, Mischief Theatre achieved great success on the Fringe circuit with the likes of Lights! Camera! Improvise! and Improvaganza, two improvised productions that firmly established Mischief as a bold and hilarious new voice in Fringe theatre.

2012 saw the company take their first steps towards fully-scripted theatre, and what originally began life as The Murder Before Christmas soon evolved to the riotous The Play That Goes Wrong, the barnstorming comedy extravaganza that has joined the likes of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and Michael Green’s Plays for Coarse Actors in the ranks of great theatrical farces.

The play follows the hapless struggles of the accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt, disastrously, to present the clunking, 1920s murder mystery, The Murder at Haversham Manor, in a production where (true to the name) everything that could possibly go wrong most definitely will … and always does.

Brilliantly directed by Mark Bell, the 12-strong company do an excellent job in their frantic and exhausting roles, making great use of Nigel Hook’s Tony Award-nominated set design which offers more than a few surprises along the way.

The play’s runaway success of course speaks for itself, but as uproarious and entertaining as it proves, it can at times feel a little too self-indulgent for its own good, stretching and re-using a selection of gags and gimmicks slightly beyond their welcome.

Self-indulgence aside, The Play That Goes Wrong is however the perfect tonic for the troubles the country is currently facing, and escaping in to The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s farcical world for a couple of hours is exactly the kind of uplifting, carefree escapism we could all do with right now.


Running Time: 2 hours and 5-minutes (approx.), including one 20-minute interval.

Final Performance at The Lowry: Saturday 10th June, 2017.

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