Latest Review – The Play That Goes Wrong [Opera House, Manchester] [UK Tour]


Opera House, Manchester

Until Saturday 30th June 2018.

Since forming in 2008, Mischief Theatre have enjoyed great success on the Fringe circuit with the likes of Lights! Camera! Improvise! and Improvaganza – two productions that firmly established them as an hilarious new voice in Fringe theatre -though surely even the company themselves could not have predicted the meteoric success of their now flagship production, The Play That Goes Wrong, now in its sixth hilarious year.

Still playing at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End, and with a Tony Award-winning Broadway production set to close this August after nearly 600-performances, the riotous, Olivier Award-winning smash hit is now back on the road for another extensive UK tour, and remains as slick and as eye-wateringly entertaining as ever.

Developed from Mischief Theatre’s earlier one-act play, The Murder Before Christmas, The Play That Goes Wrong (co-written by longtime Mischief members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields) follows the hapless struggles of the accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they disastrously attempt 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 as the various society players, making superb use of Nigel Hook’s Tony Award-winning set design (which offers more than a few surprises along the way).

The play may be guilty of self-indulgence from time to time, and can stretch its gags a little too thin, but for sheer entertainment value, and as a means of uplifting, carefree escapism, the frantic, rapid-fire show remains an absolute winner, and fully deserves its place amongst the all-time great theatrical farces.

Can’t get enough of Mischief Theatre, then make sure to check out their more recent gems: Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, the latter still playing at London’s Criterion Theatre.

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

Final Performance at Opera House, Manchester: Saturday 30th June 2018.

For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.

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