The Play That Goes Wrong

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong is a celebration of the best of live theatre…and the worst.

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Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s 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 authors (and stars) also wrote (and starred in) London’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong, in which the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society present their production of the J. M. Barrie classic Peter Pan.
  • The “play-within-the-play” that goes disastrously south is an ersatz thriller called Murder at Haversham Manor.


The play premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London in 2012, moved to Trafalgar Studios in 2013, and opened at the Duchess Theatre in the West End in 2014, winning the 2015 Olivier Award as Best New Comedy.


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