Brett Herriot Review

The Play That Goes Wrong, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Review

The Play That Goes Wrong, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Review:

***** 5 Stars

“A Comedy Tour De Force!!”

The Olivier award winning west end and Broadway comedy smash is on the road once more and has arrived in Edinburgh’s Festival theatre for a week-long run of pure comedy joy.

Telling the story of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society whose most recent successes include the acclaimed productions of the Lion and the Wardrobe and musical smash Cat! Are debuting their new play “The Murder at Haversham Manor” a 1920’s Murder Mystery. As the title suggests this amateur production is beset by an onslaught of calamities that ultimately ensure that the play goes wrong in a spectacularly funny manor!

Writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields have truly capture the heart of am dram, mixed it with split second comedy timing and visuals effects to create a little bit of belly laugh inducing theatre magic.

Director Mark Bell has put together a stellar ensemble company comprised of 12 gifted comedy actors who bring to life a plethora of characters who can bumble dialog, improvise and create often physically violent comedy with ease and really makes this production shine.

Where this production truly glows is in the quickness and delivery of the comedy, simple ideas like the butler repeating his lines so often the cast go around in circles for a solid 5 minutes growing ever more frustrated as the audience are reduced to helpless laughter is pure joy to watch. A Particular highlight is Gabriel Paul in the role of stage manager Trevor who loves Duran Duran and ends up being thrust into the centre of the action his is a performance to behold although the entire ensemble cast are more than equal match!

The production literally zips by at such a pace it must be the quickest 2 hours of theatre in creation as the set falls apart literally amongst exploding light bars and as the cast drink white spirit as the stage crew have lost the whiskey it true comedy perfection that will send you home from the theatre with aching limb from the laughter. The Play That Goes Wrong is a true comedy tour de force and once seen is totally unforgettable. Grab a ticket before it’s too late!

Mischief Theatre Productions Present “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Until Saturday 17th March for tickets go to

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