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The Play That Goes Wrong tickets are the perfect tonic for every lover of slapstick, screwball West End theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong tickets guarantee a night out that will have you aching with laughter. So if you’re looking for the best night out in London, The Play That Goes Wrong theatre tickets will have you grinning from ear to ear! Banish the lockdown blues with a night of infectiously silly comedy! You’ll find your perfect tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong in London on sale here now. 

The Play That Goes Wrong is genuinely hilarious!

What’s The Play That Goes Wrong about?
You all know the classic murder mystery set-up: A body has been found at a remote Country Manor and a police inspector is sent to unmask the culprit!

When Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society decides to stage a 1920s murder mystery, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! These accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! 

Will the cast ever remember their lines? Will we ever find out who murdered Charles Haversham? And as the set collapses around them, can the Cornley Polytchnic Drama Society escape with their lives?

This five-star show, called a ‘Gut-busting hit' by the New York Times and described by the likes of Ant and Dec as the 'funniest show we've seen!’ The Play That Goes Wrong is now ready to stumble into its seventh catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre. You’ll be reduced to tears of joy! 


All About Mischief Theatre company
Since devising The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre Company has gone from strength to strength, creating a series of hugely successful West End shows including The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Lights! Camera! Improvise! and Mischief Movie Night, Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong. In April 2020, Mischief Theatre began a weekly podcast "Mischief Makers", focusing on the members of Mischief Theatre. 


The Play That Goes Wrong awards
The Play That Goes Wrong definitely went right when it came to winning awards, scooping the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy in 2014. Since then, it has also collected the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best New Play, an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play. 


The Play That Goes Wrong – five biggest theatre no-nos
If you don’t want your play to go wrong, here are our top five tips to avoid calamity:

1. Never whistle backstage. This goes back to the time that sailors on shore-leave used to operate the rigging in theatres. They communicated by whistling, so whistle in the wrong place and you might unexpectedly find a large piece of scenery landing on your head.
2. Don’t mention “The Scottish Play”. Actually, that’s fine…just don’t call it Macbeth. This old theatre superstition has various origins – our favourite is that the spells used by Shakespeare were so real, that productions are often plagued by accidents and misfortune.
3. Don’t say “good luck” – it’s bad luck. Instead, tell your fellow actors to break a leg. This dates back to the days of vaudeville, when acts would wait backstage to be told whether they would appear or not (‘breaking the leg’ of the curtain and appearing onstage). If they didn’t ‘break the leg’, they didn’t get paid!
4. Keep a ‘ghost light’ on stage when the theatre is closed. This is said to appease any spirits haunting the theatre. Less poetic explanations include avoiding accidents for theatre staff crossing the stage in the dark, and avoiding explosions in the days when theatre lighting was powered by gas.
5. Bad dress rehearsal = good performance. The worst thing that can curse a show is for everything to go smoothly before the show opens to the public. 


What critics said about The Play That Goes Wrong
“It’s as though The Mousetrap has been taken over by Monty Python.” WhatsOnStage
“A masterpiece of malfunction.” The Times
“I feared I was going to hyperventilate.” The Daily Mail
"I have seldom, if ever, heard louder or more sustained laughter in a theatre." The Telegraph
“Gloriously Preposterous.” The Stage 

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The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street, near Covent Garden in London’s West End.

Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA


Nimax Theatres are committed to providing the very best service to all of our patrons and want to ensure your visit is as comfortable as it can be. If you would like to discuss your specific access needs please contact our access team. You can call 0330 333 4815, email or write/visit Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

To access the auditorium there are 20 stairs down to the Stalls and 11 stairs up to the Dress Circle. Wheelchair user access is provided using the AAT Major Stair Climber. The stair climber accommodates manual wheelchairs up to 66cm (26 inches) wide and 89cm (35 inches) deep including any footrest. The maximum combined weight the Stair Climber can accommodate is 190kg (30 Stones) when distributed evenly across the wheelchair.  Electric wheelchair users may be asked to transfer into the theatre’s manual wheelchair on arrival if the theatre staff consider the electric wheelchair unsuitable for transportation on the Stair Climber. 

Electric and manual wheelchair users are requested to contact our Access Team via phone or email ahead of purchasing tickets to discuss specific requirements and to book the use of the Stair Climber. 

We ask that all patrons requiring the use of the Stair Climber arrive at the theatre 45 minutes before the start of the performance. Follow this LINK to watch a short video clip of the Stair Climber in action. Stalls N1 and J14 provide wheelchair spaces, with companion seats adjacent. 

There is a fully adapted unisex toilet at the rear of the Stalls auditorium and Ladies and Gentleman’s toilets on all levels.

The theatre bars are located in the Foyer and the Stalls. A member of theatre staff will offer assistance purchasing beverages on behalf of customers. Programmes are available in the main foyer and auditorium. All drinks and refreshments will be available for pre-order to minimise queuing and assist social distancing.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.  For comfort we recommend purchasing a seat on the end of a row.  Alternatively we provide a dog sitting service for 2 dogs at a time; advance booking is recommended.

The theatre is fitted with a Williams Sound hearing assistance system.  Headsets are available on a first come first served basis.



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