The Play That Goes Wrong returns on tour in 2021
The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, is back for its fourth UK Tour in the new year. Playing to socially distanced audiences, the touring production opens with a five-week Christmas season at Theatre Royal Bath from 17 December to 16 January, before heading out on tour from 18 January, visiting Eastbourne, Canterbury, Southampton, Coventry, Cheltenham and Salford with further venues still to be announced.
This touring production uniquely reunites previous cast members from the show, with a seasoned line-up presenting: Tom Babbage as Max, Jason Callender as Jonathan, Matthew Howell as Robert, Edward Howells as Dennis, Laura Kirman as Annie, Gabriel Paul as Trevor, James Watterson as Chris and Laura White as Sandra; with understudies Seán Carey, April Hughes, Beth Lilly and Jack Michael Stacey.
Awarded the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy, the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong is now booking into its seventh year in the West End and continues to delight audiences around the world. The show’s success is a testament to the hard work and determination of a group of drama school graduates who became friends, set up a company under the name ‘Mischief’ and created an extraordinary body of work. The Play That Goes Wrong shows no signs of slowing down since its first performance at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers. Since then, it has played to an audience of over two million and now has productions in over 30 countries.
The play features the (fictional) Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong … does! As the accident prone thesps battle against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
Mischief’s other West End successes include Peter Pan Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and Magic Goes Wrong; and last year saw a brand new six-part TV series for BBC One: The Goes Wrong Show, written and performed by the original founding Mischief Theatre members. A second series is currently in the making, with a Christmas Special set to premiere on BBC One on 22 December at 7pm entitled The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity.
The Play That Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. The tour is directed by Sean Turner, originally directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andy Johnson. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.