It’s been great seeing how Mischief Theatre’s comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has gone from strength to strength over the past year and a bit. I originally saw it at a matinee performance at Trafalgar Studios, on the day of the Eurovision Song Contest. One year on, I saw it at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, again at a matinee performance, and once again on Eurovision day. This time, I’d dragged several friends along – most of whom had come with me to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Pleasance before Christmas – and we enjoyed the new, extended, two-act version of The Play That Goes Wrong, a.k.a. “Cornley Polytechnic perform Murder at Haversham Manor“.
Any fears I had that a longer running time would remove some of the pacing and humour were quickly dispelled. If anything, this version was even funnier, with another floor, an extra character, and an even more complex plot. The play is one of the funniest I have ever seen, and I was very pleased to here it will be transferring to the Duchess Theatre later this year. Mischief Theatre thoroughly deserve their success, and I will certainly be going to see this again in its West End home.