The Play That Goes Wrong is an original comedy extravaganza created by the Mischief Theatre Company. As the story begins, the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society receives a substantial commission to stage a 1920s murder mystery called The Murder at Haversham Manor. However, the production starts to go horribly awry as accident after accident occurs and the set literally collapses on the actors. Audiences in New York City can experience a live performance of The Play That Goes Wrong either on Broadway or off-Broadway.
Everything Goes Right
Before it made The Play That Goes Wrong, the Mischief Theatre Company was a little known outfit made up of struggling actors. Written by playwrights Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong opened to minimal fanfare at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre in 2012. However, after positive word-of-mouth spread, demand for the play greatly improved. Thanks to growing attendance figures, the play moved to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios in 2013 and then embarked on a wider U.K. tour. By the time it finally settled at the Duchess Theatre in 2014, the production had won a Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong eventually came to Broadway’s Lyceum Theater in April of 2017 and began a 737-performance run. The Broadway production featured the original London cast and the debut of J.J. Abrams as a theatrical producer. The play won both a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for its set design, and it received another nomination from the Drama League Awards for Outstanding Play. The Mischief Theatre Company leveraged the success of the play into several other comedy productions and a yearlong residency at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Where can I buy The Play That Goes Wrong New York tickets?
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Where is The Play That Goes Wrong being staged in New York?
The Play That Goes Wrong is playing exclusively at Stage 4 of the New World Stages. Located in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, the 350-seat stage is a prominent off-Broadway performing arts complex. It is owned and operated by the Shubert Organization, one of the largest theater owners in New York City. Wheelchair-accessible seating and companion seats are available in the orchestra section. The off-Broadway production at the New World Stages received a nomination from the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design.
Who is in the cast for The Play That Goes Wrong?
The cast for the off-Broadway product at the New World Stages includes Ryan Vincent Anderson, Brent Bateman, Bartley Booz, Matt Harrington, Bianca Horn, Chris Lanceley, Ashley Reyes, Matt Walker and Maggie Weston.
What can I expect from a performance of The Play That Goes Wrong?
The Play That Goes Wrong is structured as a play within a play. The story involves the production of a murder mystery that quickly devolves into a shambolic mess. The humor derives from the constant accidents and mishaps that occur as the actors miss cues, forget lines and misplace props. Audiences should expect a constant stream of humor and laughs. The Play That Goes Wrong is family-friendly entertainment for all ages, but you may want to check with the local venue about any specific age restrictions.
How long is the running time?
A The Play That Goes Wrong performance lasts for approximately two hours with a single intermission.
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