The accident-prone thespians of ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ are taking their show out on the road – and it’s fairly certain that things won’t go as planned!
The Play That Goes Wrong is the West End’s Olivier Award-winning box office hit billed as ‘Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off’, and it arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal from June 12-17.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick, all delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.
The play 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 invariably does, as the actors battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
The UK tour will take the show to 29 venues nationwide, as well as to Dublin, and will run until 5 August, 2017.
Winning the 2014 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy, the 2015 Broadway World UK Award for Best New Play and the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong is now enjoying its third year in the West End where it continues to play to sold-out houses.
It’s been licensed to 33 countries, with productions playing in Tokyo, Paris, Budapest and is soon to open in Rome, Warsaw, Shanghai, Cape Town and Melbourne. Plus, it is now set to receive its Broadway debut this year, with the original cast opening at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on April 2.
It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play, which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance and has since played to an audience of over half a million.
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. The company performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work and now has three productions playing concurrently in the West End: The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, and Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre. The UK tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong entertained Norwich audiences in May 2015.
The touring cast features: Katie Bernstein (Annie), Jason Callender (Jonathan), Edward Howells (Dennis), Edward Judge (Robert), Alastair Kirton (Max), Meg Mortell (Sandra), Graeme Rooney (Trevor) and Patrick Warner (Chris).
The company also made its television debut at Christmas on BBC One, with a TV production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, filmed in front of a live studio audience and featuring guest star David Suchet as the narrator.
The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer. The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and costumes by Roberto Surace. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End and on tour by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.
The Play That Goes Wrong is here from 12-17 June, and tickets are available now.