The Play that goes wrong gets it so right
There are more missed cues than an Alton Towers fast pass but Muddy loves this touring production
Woah. I’ve just landed back at Muddy Towers after attending the brilliant “Play that goes wrong” at the Royal & Derngate.
It’s an amazing, mirthful and immersive comedy experience. Alongside me was 13 year old Mini Muddy, who was captivated all evening – not knowing when to laugh or when to cringe as we shared the pain of Inspector Carter aka Actor/Director Chris Bean aka real actor Jake Curran trying to keep the production on tracks, whilst props and actors fall and are felled all around him.
The impressive ensemble form the fake Cornely University Drama Society and this is their production of the equally fake play “Murder at Haversham Manor”. Think Fawlty Towers, think Acorn antiques and be prepared to park your stiff upper lip as you take your seat. It’s a calamity of misplaced props; forgotten lines (some lines repeated out of kilter with hilarious results, some lines appearing in the wrong half of the show!!!!!). There are more missed cues than an Alton Towers fast pass (ahem), and the set has clearly been designed by someone with access to a pritt stick.
Expect lots of laughs, complete mayhem, charming and funny acting – all bundled together in a madcap cocktail suitable for anyone with a funny bone (Or someone who needs to rediscover theirs).
The Play That Goes Wrong, the West End’s Olivier Award-winning box office hit, now embarks on a major new national tour for 2018 – visiting over 30 venues nationwide. Winning eleven international awards, including the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2017 Tony Award for its Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong continues its sell-out success in the West End, whilst enjoying its new status as Broadway’s longest running play.
If you missed it’s Northamptonshire debut, then have no fear. The National tour takes in Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry and Birmingham. All within an hour of Northants. Huzzah!
Photos by Robert Day