West End theatre comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is celebrating its 8th anniversary this week in London.
The show first opened at the Duchess Theatre in 2014, and has become the longest running play at the Duchess since the theatre opened in 1929, and the longest-running comedy currently in the West End. (It still has quite a way to catch-up with the longest running West End comedy ever – No Sex Please, We’re British, which ran for 6,761 performances – but we know it can do it!)
In another important milestone, the accident-prone cast members of the Cornley Drama Society are hit – by objects or each other- 35 times during each performance, which means the West End casts of The Play That Goes Wrong have been struck 99,820 times over the last 8 years (officially) making it the biggest HIT show!
The show is also extending its run at the Duchess Theatre, and is now booking to 29 October 2023.
Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, and a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong features a cast including Tomisin Ajani (Trevor), Jaouhar Ben Ayed (Dennis), Ashh Blackwood (Annie), Anya de Villiers (Sandra), Tendai Humphrey Sitima (Robert), Scott Hunter (Max), Oliver Mott (Jonathan), and Mikhail Sen (Chris). The company is completed by Roisin Fahey, Charlie Richards, Stuart Vincent, Emily Waters and Jack Whittle.
The Play That Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy, original music by Rob Falconer, sound design by Andy Johnson, the associate director is Sean Turner and the resident director is Amy Milburn. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.