The Play That Goes Wrong (West End)
Ends Apr 02 2h 5m
The Play That Goes Wrong (West End)
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The Play That Goes Wrong (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(171 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
4%
Negative
5%
Members say
Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny, 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 (171)

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104 Reviews | 11 Followers
83
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love a farce. It repeats the same type of joke over and over again but it's delivered with such panache it's impossible not to laugh.

Don't see it if you're not amused by slapstick comedy or the "goes wrong" genre in general.

77 Reviews | 1 Follower
95
Fabulous cast, Loveable characters, Laugh out loud funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see precision comedy timing Nonstop storytelling action. Very funny! Enjoyable!

Don't see it if comedy farce isn’t your preferred choice of theatre.

74 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you love farces and love to laugh

Don't see it if you don't like farces

65 Reviews | 6 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

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
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

53 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
Hilarious

See it if you want to be entertained and like farce, physical comedy

Don't see it if you're the grinch

47 Reviews | 2 Followers
90
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want a funny show. It’s absolutely hilarious.

Don't see it if You don’t like silly funny shows.

46 Reviews | 1 Follower
86
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like slapstick, stunts

Don't see it if Comedy plays

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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WhatsOnStage
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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