The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
London’s biggest comedy hit, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is now in its third sold-out year and having just enjoyed its 1000th performance in the West End, recently announced its Australian tour.
Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, this riotous theatrical disaster will stumble around Australia from February until June 2017, inflicting belly-aches and tears of laughter on audiences in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. The show opens in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre on 22nd February, two weeks before the London cast arrive at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway with the show. The production continues to run in London, Paris, Budapest, and Rome as well as simultaneously touring the UK.
The play is written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Whatsonstage award for Best New Comedy and the Moliere Award in Paris for Best New Comedy. An extended extract from the production was featured at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK and the follow-up play PETER PAN GOES WRONG has enjoyed two hugely successful West End runs as well as being filmed for TV and broadcast on BBC1 in England on New Year’s Eve, co-starring Poirot legend David Suchet.
The cast of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – which includes former Neighbours star BROOKE SATCHWELL, DARCY BROWN, FRANCINE CAIN, ADAM DUNN, LUKE JOSLIN, GEORGE KEMP, JORDAN PROSSER, NICK SIMPSON-DEEKS, TAMMY WELLER, and token pom JAMES MARLOWE – commence rehearsals in Melbourne next Monday, and if all goes to plan, will in the near future perform a segment of the play for the media on stage at the Comedy Theatre. Mayhem will then be unleashed.
UK Director Mark Bell who visited Australia recently to undertake auditions is looking forward to working with this ‘interesting’ and possibly incompetent bunch of would-be thespians. “If their auditions are anything to go by, this cast is going to be hopelessly hilarious, and The Play will definitely Go Wrong. I for one can’t wait to see this debacle unfold.”