The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the West End with performances from 18 June 2021

The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, is delighted to announce today that it will return to the Duchess Theatre, its home for the last seven years, from 18 June 2021. Tickets are on sale now and the production is currently booking through to 30 January 2022.

Producers Kenny Wax and Stage Presence Ltd say,

‘The shortest emotional distance between two people is a laugh. So, we’re delighted to have the chance to bring people together again. It’s going to be very emotional. In a good way.’


Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, Company Directors of Mischief say,


‘We are so excited that The Play That Goes Wrong will soon be delighting audiences again. Cornley have been rehearsing on Zoom throughout lockdown and have assured us that the play is now ready and will go ahead without a hitch.’

The Duchess Theatre reopens in line with current government guidelines plus robust risk mitigation.  Preventative measures include:

  • Health questionnaire to be emailed 48 hours in advance of the performance
  • Contactless tickets
  • Compulsory facemasks
  • Hand sanitisation stations throughout the building
  • Click and Collect bar App
  • Deep clean and building sanitation
  • Additional entrances and exits
  • Supporting NHS Track and Trace

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We are also delighted to be part of the See it Safely scheme run by SOLT and UK Theatre. This scheme supports theatres by providing a toolkit and practical help and training to ensure that they are following the latest Covid secure guidelines. When audiences go into a venue displaying the See it Safely mark they can feel confident that all the correct safety measures in place.

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 continues to delight audiences in the West End. 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 West End cast includes: Blayar Benn, Milo Clarke, Ross Green, Michael KeaneDavid Kirkbride and Ciara Morris. The understudies are Tom Bulpett, Oliver Clayton and Jack Michael Stacey.

The Play That Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andy JohnsonThe Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.

For audience members with tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong performances before 18 June, their ticket provider will be in touch to re seat them for performances from 18 June 2021.

For further information on The Play That Goes Wrong West End please contact:

Jo Allan and Hannah Stockton at Jo Allan PR





Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street

London WC2B 5LA

Booking number:  0330 333 4810


Running time: 2 hours 5 mins including an interval

Twitter:  @playgoeswrong

Facebook:  The Play That Goes Wrong

Instagram: @playgoeswrong

BOOKING TO 30 January 2022


Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm

Saturday at 2:30pm

Sunday at 3:00pm & 7:00pm



Please note children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.


Tickets from £22.

Prices include booking fees of £2.50, applicable to online & telephone bookings.

All tickets include a £1.25 Theatre Restoration Levy.



Mischief Theatre Ltd. was founded in 2008 by a group of acting graduates of LAMDA and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief performs across the UK and internationally with original scripted and improvised work and also has a programme of workshops.  The company is owned and controlled by its original members and is led by a creative group and its directors Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer.

Mischief’s current West End production is The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre since 2014) and following a record breaking two year run on Broadway it is represented Off Broadway by The Play That Goes Wrong (New World Stages since 2019, co-produced with Kevin McCollum and JJ Abrams).  In September 2019 the company started a West End residency at the Vaudeville Theatre with Groan Ups followed by Magic Goes Wrong (also with Kevin McCollum and JJ Abrams), which opened in January 2020. Their previous West End production was The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre). Other Mischief productions, including Peter Pan Goes Wrong, continue on tour and in licensed productions in the UK, USA and worldwide.

In 2017 Mischief Theatre Ltd. and Kenny Wax & Stage Presence, the producers of all the company’s West End productions, formed Mischief Worldwide Ltd. to manage the rights to all Mischief projects in all artforms.  Mischief Worldwide Ltd., based in London, licenses copyrights, trademarks and other Mischief properties to producers, distributors, publishers and others around the world.

Mischief was first seen on television in the Royal Variety Performance of 2015 and subsequently in two BBC One Christmas specials, Peter Pan Goes Wrong (2016) and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (2017). In 2018 Mischief Worldwide Ltd. and the Anthology Group formed Mischief Screen Ltd., an independent TV production company headed by CEO Hilary Strong.  Its first production (co-produced with Big Talk Productions) was a six-part BBC One commission called The Goes Wrong Show, which has been re-commissioned for a second six-part season and enjoyed a Christmas special on BBC One in 2020. Lionsgate International are the distributors outside UK and China.

All the companies develop, create and perform under the single name of Mischief.

Mischief is developing new works of comedy for theatre, TV, film and other media.

Mischief®, Mischief Theatre®, The Play That Goes Wrong® and ®  are trademarks and registered trademarks of Mischief Worldwide Ltd..

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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