The Play That Goes Wrong is a hilarious, highly physical and very silly comedy that had me absolutely roaring with laughter.
Based on an amateur theatre company putting on their annual production, The Play That Goes Wrong is a 1920’s murder mystery in which everything that could possibly go wrong, does – with hilarious consequences. It is so completely relatable, and has me laughing at things that I’ve experienced (a lot) in my job. A show made up of lost props, dodgy scenery, forgotten lines and typical theatrical rivalry.
The cast and crew of the production are incredible. Funny, highly skilled and completely able to engage an audience from before the curtain is even opened. The ability to act as amateurs performing in an amateur production is impressive, and feels completely real.
Each cast member is hilarious in their own right, particularly Max Bennett who plays Cecil Haversham. Chris Bean is the perfect director, despairing as his beloved production falls apart at the seam – whilst trying to hold everything together. Sandra Wilkinson as Florence Colleymore is simply fantastic, an over the top, flamboyant character who performs some impressive stunts too. Just when you think they couldn’t go any bigger, they do!
It is so refreshing to be sat in a theatre with hundreds of people all laughing and giggling at utterly silly behaviour. The atmosphere is brilliant and extremely uplifting.
If you haven’t seen it, why not? Go and see it immediately, you’ll be laughing until you cry. I will be recommending it to everyone, regular theatre-goers or not. 5/5
Review written by Stacie Pollard.
The Play That Goes Wrong is currently showing at the Marlowe Theatre until Saturday 5th August. For more information on the production, visit here…