The Play That Goes Wrong Reviews - Duchess Theatre

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Venue Information
Duchess Theatre

Duchess Theatre
3-5 Catherine Street

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 30th September 2016
Booking Until: Sunday, 10th September 2017
Running Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 8+  
Show Schedule
Tue: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sun: 3.00pm and 7.00pm
Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 76 review(s)


Latest Review: "We were told by friends to get in our seats early so that is what we did. It started from there r..."

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    Sunday, 7th Jun 2015 by lily

A true British farce which is acted with perfect split second timing. I'm sure each performance is slightly different as the cast use their ingenuity and wit. Top hint: get into your seat as soon as you can or you might miss some of the pre start antics in stage which are alluded to later...

    Sunday, 31st May 2015 by Shauni

I'm not sure what the world record for laughing in a two hour period is, but I'm pretty sure I broke it watching this play! Loved it!

    Sunday, 31st May 2015 by John Bristow

Saw this show on a wet Wednesday evening. I laughed till I cried, Yes, some scenes are so predictable, ( you just know that upstairs study is going to collapse) but others so amazing you cannot believe what is happening ( 2 actors playing the same part simultaneously). I cannot recommend this play enough - I just hope it comes to Australia, so I can see it again & again. To those 2 reviews who gave just 1 star, then you have no sense of humour and the ridiculous.

    Saturday, 16th May 2015 by Mike Hopkins

Absolutely hilarious we did not stop laughing from beginning to end. Having suffered a lengthy problem with my back it was just the tonic we needed. The timing was superb and although everything goes wrong it is comic timing at its best.

The whole audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It is difficult to explain as on their own the gags and accidents may not seem funny but as a whole it is exceptional

Well done to everyone involved

    Sunday, 10th May 2015 by Pskt

I saw this play in Cardiff when it was on tour. It is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Have recently seen their new play 'Peter Pan goes wrong.' Just as funny.

    Monday, 27th Apr 2015 by Marcus Armytage

Laughed until I cried. Funniest thing I've seen for years

    Monday, 20th Apr 2015 by Theatre goer

I agree with the lady who gave this one star. It was awful. Thought about leaving at the interval, but stayed hoping it would didn't. I shouldn't have gone as dislike slapstick. It was really tedious and predictable.

    Sunday, 8th Mar 2015 by John

An absolute delight. A gag that makes a good sketch shouldn't work for two hours, but this does. Wonderful moments of anticipation - oh, no, they're not going to slam the door open into her - oh, yes, they have... Brilliant combinations - two actresses playing the same part simultaneously; the play stuck in a horrible loop as the actors try to find their way back into the script (been there); scenery that collapses. Brilliant. Best entertainment since 39 Steps.

    Sunday, 8th Mar 2015 by dotty.

march 7th 2.30 showt time what a fantastic play on words so very clever could not stop laughing, please go and see this great show.

    Thursday, 26th Feb 2015 by Ailsa McDill

We went to spend the weekend in London. After having seen a show on the Sat (sunny afternoon) I was compelled to see another show on the Sunday. I can honestly say this was the best choice I made that day! "The play that goes wrong" is the funniest Sunday afternoon I have ever spent. Laughed so hard I was crying. David Hearne's facial expressions were priceless and he didn't have to say anything. What a talented bunch of actors, can't recommend it enough...but I am!!

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