Play That Goes Wrong goes right with new tour

Steve Orme

Box-office hit The Play That Goes Wrong is to start a new national tour at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate.

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 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 does as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

The Play That Goes Wrong started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at its first performance. It has since played to almost one and a half million people worldwide and has won 11 international awards including the 2015 Olivier Award for best new comedy and a 2017 Tony Award for its Broadway transfer.

The Play That Goes Wrong takes to the Northampton Derngate stage from Thursday 4 until Sunday 7 January before visiting more than 30 venues nationwide.