Acclaimed with five star reviews and currently playing to packed houses in the West End, Olivier Award winning theatre company Mischief Theatre are bringing their comedy masterpiece The Play That Goes Wrong to Australia for the first time from February next year.
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.
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 and ambitious daring.
The critically-acclaimed production got it absolutely right when right when it clinched a number of accolades including the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy 2015, BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play 2015 and WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy 2014.
The Play That Goes Wrong continues to thrive in the West End playing to sold-out houses, and will continue across the UK with a second nationwide tour. It is also Broadway bound in 2017.
Produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence in association with David Atkins Enterprises and ABA International Touring, original London Mischief Director Mark Bell has been in country holding auditions to find a suitably incompetent bunch of actors to deliver Mischief Theatre’s trademark comic mayhem. The Australian cast will be announced shortly.
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and began as an improvised comedy group. The company perform across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. This is Mischief’s first Australian Tour and they look forward to ‘Going Wrong’, upside down, on the other side of the world.
The Play That Goes Wrong opens at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on 22 February, followed by Adelaide from 28 March, Sydney from 5 April, Canberra from 26 April 2017, Brisbane from 6 May 2017, and Perth from 31 May 2017. For more information, visit: www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com.au for details.
Image: The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre, London – photo by Helen Murray