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There are more missed cues than an Alton Towers fast pass in The Play That Goes Wrong, which is just the kind of mayhem Muddy loves!

The play that goes wrong ensemble cast

Shock – but absolutely no horror story

The Play That Goes Wrong, the West End’s Olivier Award-winning box office hit, arrives at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre next week (Tue 16 to Sat 20), followed by Bath in February and Bristol in the summer, and Muddy Northamptonshire editor Anna-Lou went along when it landed in her county the other week. Here’s her verdict.


Woah. I’ve just landed back at Muddy Towers after attending the brilliant The 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, while props and actors fall and are felled all around him.

Er, what’s my line again?

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.

Come on friend, surely you know what to do?

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).

Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ; tel: 01242 572573, from Tue 16 to Sat 20 Jan,

Theatre Royal Bath from Mon 12–Sat 17 Feb 

Bristol Hippodrome from Mon 16–Sat 21 July

Photos by Robert Day

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