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The Play That Goes Wrong

Members say: Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever
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79
8 reviews
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158 reviews
 

This 2015 Olivier Award winner tells the story of the disastrous opening night of Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s newest production, 'The Murder at Haversham Manor.'
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This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a Broadway show: a ramshackle set, a leading lady with a concussion, and a corpse that can't play dead. A hit in London's West End, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is a celebration of the best of live theater… and the worst.

 
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Reviews (166)

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79
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

for a previous production "An unexpected, gut-busting hit…’Wrong’ is one of those breakneck exercises in idiocy that make you laugh till you cry, despite yourself…There’s nothing nuanced about it, and that’s a large source of its appeal. It starts off punch-drunk and just keeps getting drunker…The show’s premise is hardly new to farce. And by rights, its slam-bang approach shouldn’t work as well as it does. Yet my audience roared pretty much nonstop. Yes, I admit that I roared rather a lot myself." Full Review

80
Financial Times (UK)

for a previous production "An amiably ridiculous show...It’s a rather long joke (it’s been extended for this West End run, not for the better) and it would be funnier if it started more subtly, rather than at full tilt, and if some gags weren’t milked by a long freeze. The company could also make more of offstage dynamics. That said, this is largely a joyous show. The cast’s physical skill is delightful and the production, directed by Mark Bell, builds to a delirious climax." Full Review

80
London Theatre

for a previous production "Everything that can go wrong, it seems, does go wrong for this play…But the more it does, of course, the funnier it becomes. It's divinely daft, gloriously preposterous and utterly silly. But it's also not for everyone: anyone with slightly more sophisticated comedy palettes may baulk at the relentlessness of it all. Yet I also think you cannot fail to admire the ceaseless energy of the cast or the wildly caricatured yet minutely detailed comedy performances they deliver." Full Review

70
The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "We might have seen it all a number of times before, but doors that won’t open, missed cues and messed-up lines are somehow never not funny…It’s not sophisticated and it’s certainly over-extended; the show’s one-act Fringe origins aren’t hard to spot. Yet, along with the rest of the enthusiastic audience, I laughed continually. Director Mark Bell also offers some ingenious, not to mention precision-drilled, physical comedy. You have to be meticulous to make things look this chaotic." Full Review

80
CurtainUp

for a previous production "If you like physical comedy will have you drowning in giggles…A silly sense of humour is a pre-requisite. The timing of the actors is brilliant as various parts of the set malfunction and the cast manfully try to carry on with the play while trying to prop up collapsing pieces of set…’The Play That Goes Wrong’ is an encyclopedic collection of mishaps, miscues, mistimings and set disasters and a splendid but fairly unsophisticated evening out for everyone who likes to fall about laughing." Full Review

65
Time Out London

for a previous production "The trouble is that anyone who has seen, and loved, ‘Noises Off’, is likely to find the comparison unfavorable: Frayn’s play simply does all the same things, and does them better. Still, there are laughs to be had here, and the production is a technical triumph: ensuring that props and sets collapse on cue, without actually injuring anyone, is a genuine feat of stage management." Full Review

75
The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production "I am afraid it didn’t quite do it for me...I have to say that my laughter was measured. I laughed, I suppose, only to try to fit in, but my belly did not by any means ache from the endeavor…All in all, it’s a great-looking, brilliantly performed piece that is a lot more than a poor man’s 'Noises Off'...My only qualm about 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is that in getting their play so dreadfully wrong night after night, they are also getting it absolutely right." Full Review

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A Younger Theatre

for a previous production "It is clear that everything from Mark Bell’s strong direction, Nigel Hook and Ric Mountjoy’s set and lighting respectively, Roberto Surace’s costume (some cracking moments with a wig) and the company’s key ingredient – the actors – are all so beautifully crafted and tightened up to within an inch of their lives. This really is a little treasure and one of the best shows you can presently see in London…The cast are outstanding at being god-awful actors." Full Review

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83
Avg Score

87
During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you need a good laugh. I normally shy away from slapstick comedy and was expecting to hate this, but it really really was funny.

Don't see it if you truly hate slapstick comedy or british accents and want to see a serious show. The physical comedy in this show is genius.

95
During previews
Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Fantastic

See it if you want to spend 2.5 hours laughing almost non-stop. It's pretty much Act 3 of Noises Off...the whole time. Hilariously physical, too!

Don't see it if you have no soul. Seriously...anyone should be able to enjoy themselves at this show. You don't have to like theatre to like this show.

95
During previews
Funny, Entertaining

See it if I haven't laughed so much in my life!! So funny!! Time goes so fast. Must see if you like a good comedy

Don't see it if If u don't like plays or only like dramas don't see this!! Only for comedy fans

76
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh for two hours; enjoy slapstick and physical comedy; you enjoy British humor

Don't see it if You want to see something profound - this is simply entertaining and meant to be fun

88
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if this show was exactly what I needed in these upsetting times; I had an endorphin high for days afterward. Go see it - you won't be sorry.

Don't see it if if you didn't like Noises Off. Or if you don't like to laugh, or only like extremely highbrow, pretentious theater.

83
During previews
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Act 3 of Noises Off takes on Agatha Christie , seriously funny valentine to bad community theater

Don't see it if You want depth of characters and subtext. Not what this is about .

82
During previews
Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy in the vein of Monty Python. Don't think I've ever laughed this hard at the theater!

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious play or a musical - this is not like most shows on Broadway

60
During previews
Dizzying, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You really love physical comedy and farce, even if they're not necessarily supported by a good story.

Don't see it if You think this will be the next Noises Off or something for a theater insider. This plays to the masses & is a weak excuse for a play.

78
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want 2 hours of laughs (some quite clever). Nothing to think about, just be entertained.

Don't see it if slapstick is not appealing to you.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of farces, as this is impeccable. Everyone is giving it 110% and hitting all their marks perfectly.

Don't see it if you do not like physical comedy, as this is mostly that.

89
During previews
Hilarious, Great staging, Silly fun, Fun dumb

See it if like a play so stupid that it's absolutely hysterical. It's just silly and dumb and we couldn't stop laughing.

Don't see it if Never did understand why Monty Python was so popular. Think Bill Irwin is funny.

77
During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you love physical comedy and a show where you don't have to think much.

Don't see it if you want an drama.

95
During previews
Funny, Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you liked Fawlty Towers and Noises Off. It's non-stop laughter (even before the show officially starts!).

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick, farce, parodies, or British humor. It's flat out funny, but if you're looking for Noel Coward, stay home.

90
During previews
Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you like comedies, and want to laugh and laugh

Don't see it if If you don't like slapstick comedies. Note: the last few end seats of the left ochestra miss a lot of action-don't sit there

90
During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy farce and physical comedy. It is so well done here. I'm not a fan of that genre but completely appreciated how they perfected it.

Don't see it if It's worth seeing even if you don't like farce, there were a couple of repetitive spots but it was always a hoot; such fun.

76
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you like this genre of play, it's fun with physical humor, absurdity, ridiculous drama, acknowledgement of the audience

Don't see it if you prefer serious dramas or intelligent humor; if you want something fresh

66
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy slapstick and want to see a farce running at a 10 from the get-go.

Don't see it if you prefer some character development and setup before the engine start running full-steam. You want a world built before it falls apart.

85
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love great physical comedy expertly performed by a witty top notch cast! I preferred this to Noises Off! Real great fun!

Don't see it if if you're looking for a searing drama. This is farce at its best.

78
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Slapstick, Silly

See it if You enjoy physical comedy. In the vein of Noises Off. It's very funny, high energy & the actors have great comic timing.

Don't see it if Show does physical comedy very well but some schticks run too long. Could be trimmed, would have preferred it as a 90min 1 Act.

83
During previews
Hilarious, Entertaining, Fun, Great staging

See it if You like physical comedy done to superb timing and pace. Fast paced and unexpected. It was fun all throughout.

Don't see it if Even if you don't like slapstick and physical comedy, like I usually don't, this one it different. It's fast and masterful in its timing.

Also It was surprisingly funny. Only 3 times did a bit got too repetitive. ... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like insane plots, slapstick, silly comedy, physical shenanigans.

Don't see it if You do not like insane slapstick, plots that don't get resolved, repeated jokes, physical comedy, sets that fall apart, nonsensical antics.

90
During previews
Laugh-out-loud funny, Sublime silliness from beginning to end, Frenetic action could lead to sensory overload, Super-game cast is up for anything

See it if You like slapstick, silly comedy.

Don't see it if You're too refined to enjoy pratfalls.

Also I went hoping for another One Man, Two Guvnors. While The Play That Go... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You love farce. You want a masterclass in physical comedy and timing.

Don't see it if You want pure wordplay. You dislike audience interaction (actors do come into the house).

79
During previews
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like slapstick. You want to laugh and not think.

Don't see it if you want broadway level performances...this is funny, but feels like dinner theatre. I found myself wishing I'd had a drink beforehand.

81
During previews
Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you enjoy slapstick and physical comedy or funny shows in general.

Don't see it if you are more interested in a serious and well developed plot.