REVIEW – THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – DUCHESS THEATRE

A play by Mischief Theatre, which has been running in London since 2012. It began in the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in Islington as a one-act fringe theatre play and has gained enormous success, including a Broadway transfer.

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It’s a play within a play, centred around the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are putting on a performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor, a 1920s murder mystery. 

Mistakes, accidents and everything else that could go wrong then goes wrong throughout the show. It descends into pure chaos, and you have no idea what is going to happen next.

The entire cast’s comedic timing is impeccable. The standout performance for me was Jack Michael Stacey who played Max. His interactions with the audience were hilarious, and he is a natural comedian.

The staging is very cleverly done with lots of tricks to make the chaos ensue. This show is utterly hilarious. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did, I laughed out loud throughout the show. And would definitely see it again! 

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I’m not going to talk too much about how the show pans out as you just need to go and see it. You’ll be in for a treat! 

The Duchess theatre is quite small, therefore any seat within it would provide a good clear view of the stage. Plus it gives the show a more intimate feeling, making you think you’re actually watching the amdram show that’s going wrong. 

This show would be the perfect show to take someone to if they are not really into theatre. It’s silly, fun and I’m pretty sure anyone would love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Check out my other review of Mischief Comedy’s show Magic Goes Wrong

Seen in January 2022 – with the 2021 Cast including; Blayar Benn (Trevor), Ross Green (Chris), Elan James (Jonathan), Michael Keane (Dennis), David Kirkbride (Robert), Jack Michael Stacey (Max), Ciara Morris (Annie) and Ellie Morris (Sandra). Understudies include Rosemarie Akwafo, Euan Bennet, Colin Burnicle, Sally Cheng and Oliver Clayton.

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