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The Play That Goes Wrong extends run

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE PLAY That Goes Wrong has extended its run at Trafalgar Studios. Originally booking until May 18, it will now continue until June 1, 2013.

Previously Posted: Following its acclaimed run at the Old Red Lion Theatre earlier this year, The Play That Goes Wrong transfers to Trafalgar Studios, where it runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Forgotten lines, inept actors and a set with its screws loose form the heart of this fast-paced, celebrated new comedy from the producer of Mercury Fur.

Focusing on the many trials and tribulations of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, the play tells the story of the company’s staging of 1920’s murder mystery Murder at Haversham Manor.

Chris, the arrogant head of the drama society, has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector, desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interests, and actor Dennis still can’t pronounce “façade”.

An hour of delicately timed disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set starts to disintegrate.

Mark Bell directs a cast that includes Henry Shields, Henry Lewis, Joshua Elliott, Jonathan Sayer, Lotti Maddox, Dave Hearn, Nancy Wallinger and Rob Falconer.

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Sheilds, The Play That Goes Wrong is presented by the Old Red Lion Theatre and Mischief Theatre.

The production’s move to the West End signals the latest in a series of transfers from the Old Red Lion, which in recent years have included Kissing Sid James (London and off-Broadway), The Importance of Being Earnest (Old Red Lion Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and the forthcoming Happy New (Old Red Lion Theatre and Trafalgar Studios).

Another of these, Mercury Fur, was produced by Henry Lewis – producer, writer and actor for The Play That Goes Wrong – and was nominated for Best Production in the Off West End Awards in 2012.

Mischief Theatre was first formed in 2008 by graduates of LAMDA, and has since produced numerous scripted and improvised comedy shows across the UK and beyond. Specialising in comedy writing, the company’s previous credits include Lights! Camera! Improvise! (Arcola Theatre and touring) and Mogic.

The Play That Goes Wrong is suitable for all ages.

Tickets: £15 to £19.50 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7632 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm and 9.15pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Running Time: 1 hour.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy, The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm.