THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, has announced that there will be a new, second cast taking to the stage at the West End’s Duchess Theatre from 18 August 2015.
Leonard Cook will play Robert, Bryony Corrigan will play Sandra, Harry Kershaw will play Chris, Laura Kirman will play Annie, Chris Leask will play Trevor, James Marlowe will play Max, Laurence Pears will play Jonathan, and Niall Ransome will play Dennis. The company is completed by Adam Byron, Matt Cavendish, April Hughes and Sarah Madigan.
Awarded the 2014 Whatsonstage.com Best New Comedy and the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG continues to thrive in the West End. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG burst onto the stage with phenomenal success in 2013, having originally opened as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion in London, followed by a transfer to the Trafalgar Studios, where the show’s unique potential was spotted by producers Kenny Wax and Stage Presence. It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and is now about to play to its quarter of a millionth audience member.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and directed by Mark Bell, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing. The play introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920’s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
The show has been gathering a growing legion of celebrity fans, and has already been seen by, amongst others Alice Cooper, Harrison Ford, Tom Hardy, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Joanna Lumley, Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell, Richard Curtis, David Baddiel, Iwan Rheon, JJ Abrams, Miranda Hart, Claudia Winkleman, Robert Lindsay, Ben Elton, Mike Leigh, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Richard E Grant, Paul Merton, Neil Patrick Harris, Stanley Tucci, Joe Pasquale, Mary Portas, JK Simmons, Janet Street Porter, Ellie Goulding, Woody Harrelson, Bradley Walsh, Rowan Atkinson, Jon Culshaw, Dara O’Briain, Angus Deayton, Jeremy Irvine, and Armando Iannucci.
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.
On 6 July, 3 August and 7 September the cast of the THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG show off their award winning improvisation skills which have wowed Edinburgh Festival audiences for the past five years, with three nights at the Duchess Theatre in Lights! Camera! Improvise!
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, lighting by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson, costumes by Roberto Surace and is currently performed by Mischief Theatre members: Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.