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The Play That Goes Wrong

Eleven international awards, including the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2017 Tony Award, a continuing sell-out success in the West End and now Broadway’s longest running play – cult comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is coming to Bath in February and in Bristol in the summer. Muddy Northants editor Anna-Lou has just seen the show at the start of its UK tour…

Woah.  I’ve just landed back at Muddy Towers after attending the brilliant Play That Goes Wrong at the Royal & Derngate.

It’s an amazing, mirthful and immersive comedy experience. Alongside me was 13 year old Mini Muddy, who was captivated all evening – not knowing when to laugh or when to cringe as we shared the pain of Inspector Carter aka Actor/Director Chris Bean aka real actorJake Curran trying to keep the production on tracks, whilst props and actors fall and are felled all around him.

Er, what’s my line again?

The impressive ensemble form the fake Cornely University Drama Society and this is their production of the equally fake play “Murder at Haversham Manor. Think Fawlty Towers, think Acorn antiques and be prepared to park your stiff upper lip as you take your seat. It’s a calamity of misplaced props; forgotten lines (some lines repeated out of kilter with hilarious results, some lines appearing in the wrong half of the show!). There are more missed cues than an Alton Towers fast pass (ahem), and the set has clearly been designed by someone with access to a Pritt stick.


Expect lots of laughs, complete mayhem, charming and funny acting – all bundled together in a madcap cocktail suitable for anyone with a funny bone (Or someone who needs to rediscover theirs.)

The Play That Goes Wrong is on at the Theatre Royal Bath from Mon 12–Sat 17 Feb and at the Bristol Hippodrome from Mon 16–Sat 21 July.

Photos by Robert Day

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