Olivier Award-winning comedy favourites, Mischief have announces they will be touring the UK with three productions this summer. Direct from the West End, Magic Goes Wrong, created with Las Vegas magicians Penn and Teller, will open at Curve Leicester on 16 July. Mischief’s original box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong will return for its fourth UK tour, opening at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on 13 July. Completing the triple, their West End comedy, Groan Ups, will open at Theatre Royal Bath on 12 August. All three productions will tour through autumn 2021 into 2022. Casting yet to be announced.
Producer Kenny Wax said:
“Our priority over the past year has been to help kick start the industry in any way we can and we’re delighted to be mounting three Mischief shows on tour, working together with the regional venues to welcome audiences back into theatres nationwide. We hope to provide much needed work to the many actors, stage managers, technicians and creatives who make up our freelance workforce, many of whom have not had paid work since last March.”
Heading out on its inaugural UK tour, Magic Goes Wrong follows a hapless gang of magicians as they stage an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. As the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target. The show premiered in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre in December 2019, where it is set to resume performances in October 2021. Written by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller, the show is directed by Adam Meggido.
The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its seventh year in the West End and there are productions in over 35 countries and across 6 continents. Winning multiple awards including a Tony and the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the show follows an amateur dramatics society as they attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery, but as the calamity prone thesps battle to reach their final curtain call, everything that can go wrong… does.
Written by Lewis, Sayer and Shields with original direction by Mark Bell, the production will open at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury where it first premiered in 2014. The touring production is directed by Sean Turner.
Something a little different from Mischief, Groan Ups is a comedy all about growing up. The show premiered in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre in September 2019. Written by Lewis, Sayer and Shields, its first UK tour is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward.
Mischief’s other West End successes include Peter Pan Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and Mischief Movie Night. Their successful six-part TV series, The Goes Wrong Show, aired in the UK on BBC1 and on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada and Australia. The show received a 2020 TV Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy and a second series commission for a 2020 Christmas special, The Nativity. Series two is currently in production. Mischief’s tours are produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.