Two years ago this production won Best New Comedy – both an Olivier Award and a What’s On Stage Award – it’s not difficult to see why. When members of the cast were looking for a dog in the theatre foyer areas 30 minutes before the show I knew we were in for a hilarious treat.
The Play That Goes Wrong is a play within a play, that is being presented by a disaster of a fictional amateur theatre company.
Entitled the “Murder At Haversham Manor” – the mayhem begins long before the play actually starts. The audience is silent and utterly engrossed long before the show starts, as the “techies” make their last minute finishing touches on an open stage.
The show is farcical, slapstick comedy from start to finish. In a style not done so well since Faulty Towers.
Patrick Warner in particular, hilariously captures the role of a very frustrated director – in meltdown as his production literally crumbles around him.
From line drops, to mispronunciations to set malfunctions – the comedy bar keeps raising. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new joke tops the last.
As an audience member, it is sheer, hilarious, escapism. There’s no subtlety to it. Even the programme is completely daft.
One thing is for sure though, you can’t not enjoy it.
You could argue that a play that goes wrong is more difficult to perform in than a play that goes right, because things need to go wrong quite perfectly. For that reason, don’t be fooled by the realness of it all – this talented cast deliver a very difficult show extraordinarily well.
The Play That Goes Wrong plays the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent until Saturday 6th May 2017. To book tickets visit atgtickets.com/stoke.
To book tickets for the remainder of the tour – visit theplaythatgoeswrong.com