When the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery play, everything goes wrong. Prop doors won’t open, the set collapses around them and the egotistical cast start acting out. Hence, The Play That Goes Wrong – a superb, meta-theatrical farce that has been described favourably as a mix between Noises Off and Fawlty Towers.
Originally a hit show at the Edinburgh Fringe, then a huge success as a touring production, The Play That Goes Wrong has since taken residency at London’s Duchess Theatre, winning over the critics and audiences alike. Having won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy last year, the show has cemented itself as one of the most successful new comedies London’s West End has seen in the past decade.
I was lucky enough to see the play in December and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s easy to understand how The Play That Goes Wrong has become so popular; it had me belly-laughing from start to finish, and the hilarious mix of slapstick and one-liners made the show easy to watch and fun to see. It’s a unique type of theatre experience that everyone deserves to enjoy at least once.
SuperBreak’s Catriona – who also saw the play recently – had this to say:
“I thought it was very funny; it reminded me of the classic humour of Fawlty Towers. The laughter coming from every member of the audience only enhanced the overall experience…”
Following the play’s huge success, the Mischief Theatre Company – the creative team behind the show – have announced their latest production: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Set to take the West End by storm when it takes to the stage at the Criterion Theatre this April, the show is another comic caper, following the mixed success of a band of hapless thieves as they attempt to steal a valuable diamond. Fans of The Play That Goes Wrong simply have to see it.
By chance, both shows are included in our latest theatre promotion – with top price theatre tickets + a hotel stay in London from under £99pp, this is a great value offer! Whether you see The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery or another play, this deal is not to be missed… hurry, ends January 31st!
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