Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields
Director: Mark Bell
Reviewer: Phoebe Patrick (age 13)
Let’s get the facts out of the way, The Play That Goes Wrong just isn’t funny… It’s hilarious and made my uncle and myself cry with laughter!
The Play That Goes Wrong is about The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and their madcap efforts to put on a production of the unknown murder mystery play Murder At Haversham Manor – a play that was chosen due to the fact the casting fitted the small numbers in the company.
This is a play within a play and the crazy antics of the actors result in a silly slapstick show that makes Mr. Bean look sensible. Throughout the play, many things as the name suggests go wrong… But I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises before you visit the production.
Henry Lewis as Robert Grove/Thomas Colleymore – plays a buffoonish clown and has one of the best scenes in the show involving a desk, a globe and a pot plant. Dave Hearn as Max Bennet/Cecil Haversham is so funny, especially when the audience starts applauding his crazy actions – he also manages to handle the dog like a professional dog handler (down boy!) Nancy Wallinger as the stage manager Annie Twilloil is amusing as the last minute stand in for Florence Collymore – her fighting scene in the second act almost made me wet myself.
At the performance we saw Leonard Cook was understudying the rôle of Dennis Tyde the aging butler of Havisham Manor to great affect, at one part, I actually thought he had really forgotten his lines.
The set designed by Nigel Hook shows the internal of Haversham Manor’s living room and study – but it hides many secrets and has a life of its own, causing mayhem and mischief from the moment the audience enter the auditorium, until the moment they leave.
I would recommend this play to anyone who likes really big belly laughs, until tears roll down your face… however could someone please tell me who Durran Durran are?
Runs at the Duchess Theatre, London – on an open ended run | Photo:Alistair Muir