It has been announced that Mischief Theatre's play Peter Pan Goes Wrong will be broadcast on BBC One this Christmas!
The play is set to be filmed at Pinewood Studios in front of a live studio audience. Dewi Humphreys will direct the broadcast.
The press statement reads: "As part of its commitment to community theatre, the BBC has allowed The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, an amateur dramatics group, to put on a show as part of their festive programming. But can they pull it off?
"Filmed in front of a live audience, watching as Peter Pan flies through the air, Captain Hook and his pirates set adrift in the lagoon, and Tinkerbell is due to light up the stage in a stunning electrical costume… what can possibly go wrong?! With their trademark comic mayhem expect hilarious stunts, chaos, technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on the way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results."
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields who also created The Play That Goes Wrong.
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by Henry Lewis and Dave Hearn, graduates of The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group.
Shane Allen (Controller Comedy Commissioning) says: "This word-of-mouth phenomenon is an absolute riot which plays to all ages and hits the sweet spot for the BBC One family audience.”
Chris Sussman (Head of Comedy) says: “Peter Pan Goes Wrong was one of the funniest shows I've ever seen in the theatre, and I'm thrilled we've got the chance to bring it to BBC One. Terrifying stunts, a revolving stage and a cast who've never done TV before. What could possibly go wrong?"
A statement from Mischief Theatre reads: "We are delighted to be bringing the mishaps of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong to BBC One this Christmas. We are quite staggered at the success of the simply disastrous stage shows this company keeps putting on and hope that their attempt at television doesn’t ruin the nation’s festive cheer!"
Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the West End this Christmas, running at the Apollo Theatre between 21st October 2016 and 29th January 2017.