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The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the West End

The Company of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre. Photo credit Robert Day.
The Company of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre. Photo credit Robert Day.

The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, is delighted to announce today that it will return to the Duchess Theatre, its home for the last six years, from 19th November 2020.

Producers Kenny Wax and Stage Presence Ltd say, “The Play That Goes Wrong has been a tonic for people’s spirits since first appearing seven years ago. We know how many thousands of performances have been on stage, how many people have bought tickets and how many hundreds of people have been employed.

Laughter has the power to bring people together across all divides, reduces tensions and produces joy. And we know how lacking all of those have been these challenging past six months.

So we count ourselves fortunate that our show is of a size where it is possible to re-open now, and while playing to the smaller-sized audience that social distancing requires, costs can just about be covered. Tickets from £15, Laughs priceless.

Audience capacity has been reduced to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre. The Authors and the Director will be looking at various moments in the play in terms of rewrites and restaging to comply with Government guidelines. For further information please visit www.nimaxtheatres.com/covid-19-secure/

Producer Kenny Wax added, “We are one of a handful of small / middle scale productions who have low enough running costs to open with a socially distanced audience and even though we are unlikely to be able to make a profit we will be employing about 60 staff across the two productions in London and Bath. But we are still taking a significant risk without a government-backed insurance scheme to cover further business cancellation due to COVID ’19.

Our continual asks of government are (1) lift social distancing (2) provide a government-backed insurance scheme”

Alongside this, The Play That Goes Wrong also announces today that the UK touring cast will play a strictly limited Christmas season at Theatre Royal Bath, from 17 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Awarded the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy, the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to delight audiences in the West End. The show’s success is a testament to the hard work and determination of a group of drama school graduates who became friends, set up a company under the name ‘Mischief’ and created an extraordinary body of work. The Play That Goes Wrong shows no signs of slowing down since its first performance at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers. Since then, it has played to an audience of over two million and now has productions in over 30 countries.

The West End cast includes:
David Kirkbride Robert
Ross Green Chris
Ciara Morris Annie
Milo Clarke Max
Michael Keane Dennis
Blayar Benn Trevor
Elan James Jonathan
Ellie Morris Sandra

The understudies are Tom Bulpett, Oliver Clayton, Antonia Salib and Jack Michael Stacey.

The Play That Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andy Johnson. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.

Booking number: 0330 333 4810
Website: www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com

Duchess Theatre
3-5 Catherine Street
London WC2B 5LA

Running time: 2 hours 5 mins including an interval

Twitter: @playgoeswrong
Facebook: The Play That Goes Wrong
Instagram: @playgoeswrong

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:30pm
Sunday at 3:00pm & 7:00pm

14 December 2020 – No performance
15 December 2020 – 7.30pm
16 December 2020 – 7.30pm
17 December 2020 – 7.30pm
18 December 2020 – 7.30pm
19 December 2020 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
20 December 2020 – 3pm & 7pm
21 December 2020 – No performance
22 December 2020 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
23 December 2020 – 7.30pm
24 December 2020 – 3pm
25 December 2020 – No performance
26 December 2020 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
27 December 2020 – 3pm & 7pm
28 December 2020 – No performance
29 December 2020 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
30 December 2020 – 7.30pm
31 December 2020 – 7pm
1 January 2021 – No performance
2 January 2021 – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
3 January 2021 – 3pm & 7pm

Please note children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.


1 thought on “The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the West End”

  1. My 14yr old son saw and absolutely loved this show (as did we) when we got to see it last year in New York. Very best of luck on your return.

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