The Play That Goes Wrong originally premiered as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion in London. It then transferred to the Trafalgar Studios 2 before running in Edinburgh and winning a WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong then toured before opening in the West End.
The Play That Goes Wrong has sold 170,000 tickets at a value of nearly £4,000,000. Writer and cast member Jonathan Sayer says: "Due to the amazing success of this production I will be taking my girlfriend on holiday and can now afford to buy myself a winter coat. I hope my girlfriend doesn't read this because the holiday is a surprise."
Producer Kenny Wax says: "The only problem we have is with audience members complaining that certain lines in the show are being drowned out by the continuous laughter. We have attempted to solve this problem by selling play scripts in the foyer. But this has inadvertently created another opportunity because there are now 15 international productions in the pipeline. Talks are also ongoing for plans to open the show in New York in July with the UK cast."
West End impresario and Duchess Theatre owner Nica Burns says: “This little gem of a play, written and performed by a group of unemployed drama school graduates from LAMDA is, to their utter surprise, on its way to being the most successful play at the Duchess in the last decade. This makes me laugh with delight. Just like the audience. As they tell me that no one else will give them a job, they will be seen at the Duchess for a very long time to come.”
The show has only been playing for a few weeks in the West End, but it has already been seen by, amongst others, Harrison Ford, Tom Hardy, Star Wars director JJ Abrams, Joanna Lumley, Robert Lindsay, Simon Bates, Gary Wilmot, Ellie Goulding, Joe Pasquale, Angus Deayton, Jeffrey Archer, Jeremy Irvine, Claudia Winkleman, Mel Giedroyc, Tim Vine, Jon Culshaw, Gaby Roslin, Andy Nyman, Iwan Rheon, Janet Street Porter, Richard E Grant, Anneka Rice, Kyran Bracken, Mike Leigh and Paul Merton.
The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, lighting by Ric Mountjoy, sound design byAndy Johnson, costumes by Roberto Surace and is performed by Mischief Theatre members: Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.
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