The Play That Goes Wrong (London)
Ends Apr 2023 2h 5m
The Play That Goes Wrong (London)
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The Play That Goes Wrong (London) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(62 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
2%
Negative
5%
Members say
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Olivier Award-winning comedy where everything goes wrong for the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society!

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Member Reviews (62)

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34 Reviews | 2 Followers
76
Fluffy, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like your comedy with some heavy clowning

Don't see it if Pies in your face gags are beneath you. Read more

31 Reviews | 1 Follower
75
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You love plays that spoof basically everything they can in the best possible way.

Don't see it if Your sense of humor is very elaborate.

30 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Must see, Quirky, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want slapstick and absurd comedy at its best. If you liked "The Goes Wrong Show" on TV you'll definitely enjoy this one.Cleverly written

Don't see it if this is not your type of humour. Expect slapstick, physical comedy and absurd situations.

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love to laugh particularly at slapstick/farce, but also at great writing!

Don't see it if You saw the tv series or any of the other plays that they've created and didn't like them. This is classic and very funny!

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
70
Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want a really good laugh and you like slapstick humour

Don't see it if You don't want to see anything too silly

23 Reviews | 1 Follower
79
Masterful, Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you love British humor or liked Noises Off.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious play.

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Entertaining, A good laugh, Silly, Funny

See it if you want a light and humorous silly play

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humour Read more

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Clever, Fluffy, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a show with great writing and a cast who have perfect timing.

Don't see it if you want a serious play and don't find slapstick comedy funny.

Critic Reviews (8)

The Times (UK)
September 15th, 2014

"This theatrical spoof is all punchline and no set-up. The to-the-point title sets out a conceit of non-stop catastrophe that it stages with undeniable skill and devotion. Yet, without more concern for plausibility, it soon goes from amusing to wearying with surprising speed...Scene by scene, Mark Bell’s production is full of good ideas, staged well...Yet, for all the on-stage energy, for all the good wheezes in the script...it has a fatal lack of tension."
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The London Evening Standard
September 15th, 2014

"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."
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Financial Times (UK)
September 16th, 2014

"With this amiably ridiculous show, Mischief Theatre joins a venerable tradition of deliberately dreadful drama...It’s not new then, but it is often very funny. Partly it’s just that slapstick, done well, can reduce even the gravest souls to tears and there are some perfectly timed pratfalls here...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."
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What's On Stage (UK)
September 15th, 2014

"The show is an anthology of Coarse Theatre and practical disaster...There's no unravelling of character crisis within the assumed roles, and no sense of a play-within-a-play breaking its bounds. This is undiluted, unapologetic sketch theatre, very well done in its way, slightly old-fashioned in thinking itself funnier than it really is, but surprisingly clever in making what is essentially one idea stretch across two hours."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 28th, 2019

"The formula is apparently inexhaustible: we like nothing better than gaffs, slips of the tongue, and collapsing scenery...Doors get jammed, a sofa collapses, actors get concussed routinely...Everything you could imagine going wrong – and much you couldn’t – does. The clock strikes 14. There is a dog lead with no dog attached. White spirit is routinely poured out – and spat out – in lieu of whisky (they have no shame in repeating jokes)."
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 18th, 2014

"I found it hard to laugh spontaneously at the somewhat less-than-spontaneous disasters on offer here. Still, there appears to be such an appetite these days for plays about plays that are staged by hopeless theatrical groups...I have seldom, if ever, heard louder or more sustained laughter in a theatre. I will admit that I was charmed, too, by the youthful cast of unknowns...All in all, it’s a great-looking, brilliantly performed piece."
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The Stage (UK)
September 15th, 2014

"It’s hardly an original idea...but seldom has a theatrical evening been so utterly and entirely sustained by it...The finer plot points of this play need not detain us; they certainly don’t seem to have been retained by its players, who also inevitably struggle to remember their lines...But it is the outrageous, sometimes courageous inventiveness of the physical comedy that’s even more impressive...I laughed a lot at this gloriously preposterous and utterly silly evening."
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Time Out London
September 15th, 2014

"The show sits in a fine tradition of British slapstick, and of plays about theatrical blunders... But the trouble is that anyone who has seen, and loved, ‘Noises Off,’ is likely to find the comparison unfavourable: 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."
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