It’s been announced that Olivier Award-winning show The Play That Goes Wrong from Mischief Theatre will return to London’s Duchess Theatre, its home for the last six years, from 19 November 2020. Alongside this, the UK touring cast will play a strictly limited Christmas season at Theatre Royal Bath from 17 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.
Producers Kenny Wax and Stage Presence Ltd said: “The Play That Goes Wrong has been a tonic for people’s spirits since first appearing seven years ago. We know how many thousands of performances have been on stage, how many people have bought tickets and how many hundreds of people have been employed. Laughter has the power to bring people together across all divides, reduces tensions and produces joy. And we know how lacking all of those have been these challenging past six months.
“So we count ourselves fortunate that our show is of a size where it is possible to re-open now, and while playing to the smaller-sized audience that social distancing requires, costs can just about be covered. Tickets from £15, Laughs priceless.”
The West End cast includes: David Kirkbride Robert, Ross Green Chris, Ciara Morris Annie, Milo Clarke Max, Michael Keane Dennis, Blayar Benn Trevor, Elan James Jonathan and Ellie Morris Sandra. The understudies are Tom Bulpett, Oliver Clayton, Antonia Salib and Jack Michael Stacey.
Audience capacity has been reduced to comply with Covid-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.
The authors and the director will be looking at various moments in the play in terms of rewrites and restaging to comply with Government guidelines.
Wax added: “We are one of a handful of small/middle scale productions who have low enough running costs to open with a socially distanced audience and even though we are unlikely to be able to make a profit we will be employing about 60 staff across the two productions in London and Bath. But we are still taking a significant risk without a government backed insurance scheme to cover further business cancellation due to Covid-19. Our continual asks of government are (1) lift social distancing (2) provide a government backed insurance scheme.”
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 Johnson.