Watch the video of Terri Paddock's post-show talk with the West End cast of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, November 2019

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What part do costumes play in branding for The Play That Goes Wrong around the world? How are they made durable enough to survive eight performances a week of one of Theatreland’s most physical productions?

At my post-show Q&A to Groan Ups in October, original Mischief Theatre company member Charlie Russell praised the invaluable contribution of costume designer Roberto Surace. Surace is the only member of the creative team – besides co-writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields – who has worked on every single Mischief production.

For the most recent of my #MischiefTalks at The Play That Goes Wrong, I was pleased to be able to hear from the man himself about some of the secrets of the original goes-wrong costumes – Sandra’s 1920s flapper-style dress is not quite what it seems – as well as the major operation that powers the costuming of Mischief’s hits internationally.

It was also special to be able to quiz a brand-new The Play That Goes Wrong cast. The current company just recently their run at the Duchess Theatre, where many have made their West End debuts in the long-runner – and indeed, one, understudy Jack Michael Stacey, made his at that evening’s performance!

Mischief’s breakthrough hit premiered at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre in 2012, moved to Trafalgar Studios in 2012 and transferred in 2014 to the Duchess Theatre, where it celebrated its fifth birthday on 10 September. It has also toured extensively, launched myriad international productions and in 2017, opened on Broadway, where it ran for nearly two years. Its many awards include an Olivier for Best New Comedy and a Tony for Nigel Hook‘s spectacularly ramshackle set design.

In the play-within-a-play, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences – and uproarious audience laughter throughout.

After last night’s performance of The Play That Goes Wrong, I was joined by current West End cast members David Kirkbride, Ellie Morris, Blayar Benn, Ciara Morris, Elan James, Milo Clarke, Michael Keane and, on for the first time last night in the role of Chris/Inspector Carter, Jack Michael Stacey as well as costume designer Roberto Surace.

The Play That Goes Wrong is at the West End’s Duchess Theatre. Click here to book tickets.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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