Hilarious farce as ‘would be’ thespians take to the stage

Hilarious chaos. Photo Jeff Busby
Hilarious chaos. Photo Jeff Busby

Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, The Play That Goes Wrong will play in Canberra from April 25.

Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and 2014 Whatsonstage.com Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to thrive on the West End and will open on Broadway this year.

The Play That Goes Wrong introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society' who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. 

The play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers at the first performance, is now enjoying its third catastrophic year on the West End and has gone on to play to an audience of over a quarter of a million.

The cast includes Brooke Satchwell of Dirty Laundry Live fame, Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, actor/writer Adam Dunn; Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser,  Nick Simpson-Deeks and Tammy Weller. Current Mischief Theatre actor, James Marlowe, an original cast member from the West End production joins the Australian cast.

See our competition on page 9  of this week’s Merimbula News Weekly (March 29) for your chance to win tickets to this show.