Show TitleThe Play That Goes Wrong
Show TypePlay
TheatreLyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street
StoryPlenty of shows go badly on Broadway.
But rarely does one do so intentionally.

Now comes “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a British farce born in a pub, that has been running in the West End of London since 2014.

The slapstick comedy, in which a company of hapless actors makes a disastrous attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery, is coming to Broadway next year, beginning previews March 9 and opening on April 2 at the Lyceum Theater.

The producing team includes J.J. Abrams, the Hollywood director and writer (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), making his first foray into theater production.

Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic of The New York Times, saw the play in London last year and called it “an unexpected, gut-busting hit” and “one of those breakneck exercises in idiocy that make you laugh till you cry, despite yourself.”

The comedy was written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. All three are members of the Mischief Theater company, which has three shows running in the West End, with “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” and “The Comedy About a Bank Robbery,” along with “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

The writers met as drama school students working on improvisational theater and initially staged “The Play” as a one-act comedy in a theater above a pub in London. Mr. Lewis said the team had been inspired, in part, by a book about bad acting, as well by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

“We were passionate about comedy, and doing something old school that was as funny as we could make it,” he said. “And a murder mystery lends itself to it because it’s such a serious genre.”

The original British cast will come to New York for the production, which will be directed by Mark Bell.

“Our goal is to have it become a long-running show in New York,” Mr. Lewis said.
Running Time2 hours and 15 Minutes
ScheduleTuesday at 7:00pm
Wednesday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Thursday at 7:00pm
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
Group Price Range$25.00 - $109.00
Group Minimum10 or more in group


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