Split-second timing keeps laughs coming

The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong

Accident-prone actors get into all kinds of difficulties on stage in a play at Royal & Derngate in Northampton which opens on Monday.

But it’s all part of the plan in the show which is called The Play That Goes Wrong.

The play opened at the Old Red Lion in London last year and it got such rave reviews that it transferred to the West End and then on to a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

It has been co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

It is full of physical comedy and slapstick which relies on split-second timing.

It tells the story of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who are trying to put on a 1920s murder mystery.

The show has been produced by Olivier award-wining producer Kenny Wax, who also worked on Top Hat.

He got involved in the show after going to see it with a producer friend.

He said: “ I was totally charmed – we offered them a deal on the spot.

“I should add that I have never been quite so impulsive before, but I had a real desire to help this bunch of daredevil and totally committed young actors to bring their show to a wider audience.

“There’s something very satisfying about hearing an audience laugh, cheer and to then watch them leave the theatre with an enormous sense of elation.

“I have no doubt that this production will do the same.”

The play is on from May 12 to 17 at 7.45pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong are priced from £28.50 to £17.50, and can be booked by calling box office on 01604 624811 or by going online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.