The Play That Goes Wrong
About The Show
Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, "The Play That Goes Wrong" is a celebration of the best of live theater… and the worst. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a Broadway show – a ramshackle set, a leading lady with a concussion, and a corpse that can’t play dead. It’s a classic mystery… and it’s a mystery how it ever got to Broadway!
Direct from a bafflingly successful run on London’s West End, this sidesplitting show-within-a-show will move you… from your house to the theater and back. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called it “A gut-busting hit!” and we only bribed him a little. If you thought One Man, Two Guvnors was the finest British comedy to ever cross the pond, "The Play That Goes Wrong" will prove you right. Don’t miss this strictly limited (though likely too long) engagement!
This madcap British farce about a troupe of actors attempting to stage a murder mystery gives a new meaning to slapstick. Before the play even begins, things are going “wrong.” From the upside down marquee outside the Lyceum Theater to the falling set pieces onstage, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society has their work cut out for them for the production of “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” The actors can’t remember their lines. The leading lady is unconscious. And the set is slowly falling apart. As the night wears on, this haphazard group of misfit actors struggles against a series of seemingly endless pitfalls to hilarious ends Created by the brilliant minds behind London’s Mischief Theatre Company, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, the play debuted to rave reviews and in London and landed on Broadway in April 2017 with the original London cast and directed by Mark Bell. “The New York Times” calls the show a “gut-busting hit” and “Variety” raves that it is “comic gold.” Just pray that the slowly dismantling set stays onstage. Just kidding — sort of. If you love Monty Python and binge-watching BBC comedies, this slapstick farce will have you rolling in the aisles.
What To Watch For
- J.J. Abrams is a producer on the show.
- The “safe word” for the actors to stop the actual show is “cabbage.” Since the show-within-the-show stops all the time, they needed to come up with a separate code word to stop the production if something actually goes wrong.
- There is a spare of every set piece and prop backstage in case anything breaks during the show.
- The picture of the dog above the doorway has been with the show since the very first production in London.
2hr (incl. intermission)
149 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
The Lyceum is Broadway's oldest continually operating legitimate theatre. Built by producer-manager David Frohman in 1903, it was purchased in 1940 by a conglomerate of producers which included George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. In 1950, the Shuberts took ownership of the theatre, and have operated it ever since.