The Play That Goes Wrong
July 17th - July 22nd
Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy.
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, Mischief Theatre’s sell-out West End comedy has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”
Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
★★★★★ ‘I FEARED I WAS GOING TO HYPERVENTILATE’ – The Daily Mail
★★★★ ‘GENUINELY HILARIOUS. BOY, DOES IT HIT THE FUNNY BONE’ – The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘EXQUISITELY CHOREOGRAPHED MAYHEM’ – Independent
★★★★ ‘A TRIUMPH OF SPLIT-SECOND TIMING’ – Metro
AS SEEN ON TV:THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
All performances of The Play That Goes Wrong are sold out. Should returns become available they will appear for sale online and by phone.
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
There's mischief in Malvern this week. Mischief Theatre that is, as they present Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society's production of Murder at Haversham Hall. Or, as we theatre-goers know it, The Play That Goes Wrong.
The mischief starts well before curtain up as some of the cast mingle with the packed audience - a handshake from the "director" and a search for a dog or at least an audience member who could possibly play a dog if he's not found... And someone gets chosen to help with the collapsing scenery before the show starts.
The director is more than happy to state that he is confident that this show will be better than previous efforts, which lacked sufficient cast members or props, such as Cat, James - where's my peach?, Ugly and the Beast and The Lion and the Wardrobe.
So things can only get better? Er, no - this quickly becomes their most catastrophic show to date as everything that can go wrong does, sometimes in suitably dramatic fashion. The clever part - and it is indeed very clever and a mark of the skill of the professionals playing amateurs - is achieving this seamlessly night after night and in spite of appearances with the set increasingly collapsing, doing it safely.
All the cast perform their roles superbly but extra credit to Alastair Kirton who played amateur actor Max Bennett who - without giving too much away - played a couple of roles and who brilliantly portrayed an amateur suddenly - in his first show with the troupe (due to him giving them a lot of money) - finding himself in the spotlight and loving it, milking every over the top action for audience applause with a cheeky grin - which he got every time. In fact, the audience applauded many times throughout the show as the actors came close to killing themselves or being seriously injured by the scenery in numerous choreographed calamitous situations. Even the telephone and the "whisky" get plenty of laughs as they are key to various situations, as does poor lighting and sound man Trevor (Graeme Rooney) who spends most of his time at a mixer desk in the audience and who is mostly concerned about where his beloved Duran Duran CD has disappeared to…
You'll come away glad that amateur productions are never remotely as bad as the play depicted here but very grateful indeed that the genre gave rise to a hugely inventive comedy!
An utterly brilliant evening at the theatre and one you will remember for a long time, particularly when attending an amateur production.
And it is well worth getting the programme as it too gently pokes fun at the amateur group...
It was amazing so funny. The actors were first class. The best comedy I've ever seen.