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You all know the classic whodunnit story, there has been a murder at a country manor and an inspector is set on the case to find who the culprit is. However, when this plot is given to the accident-prone thespians, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, everything that can go wrong… does!

The actors and crew battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!
Do you ever find out who murdered Charles Haversham? You’ll have to see for yourself!

Now blundering through its seventh catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

The extraordinary Mischief have literally conquered the globe in the past seven years. The Play That Goes Wrong has performed on every continent except the Antarctic (for fear of a chilly reception!). It has run successfully on Broadway, Off Broadway, across the US, around the UK, down under in Australia and from Buenos Aires to Shanghai with all places in between. They have been invited to perform on The Royal Variety Show, at the Olivier Awards, on the US chat show with Jimmy Fallon and for Prince Charles 70th Birthday at the London Palladium. For their latest theatre project Magic Goes Wrong they teamed up with Las Vegas legends Penn & Teller. Last year they filmed their spin off, The Goes Wrong Show which was shown on prime time BBC1 and has been recommissioned for a second series.

The Duchess Theatre operates strictly under the government Tier 2 requirements. For further information check our COVID-19 secure information page. All bookings in a party must only be from the same household or the legally defined support bubble.

Booking Until
Sunday 2 May 2021

Tickets From

Prices include booking fees of £2.50, applicable to online & telephone bookings and a £1.25 restoration levy

Show Times
Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday, 2.30pm
Sunday, 3pm & 7pm

Running Time
2hrs including one interval

Duchess Theatre

Age recommendation


Henry LewisAuthor
Jonathan SayerAuthor
Henry ShieldsAuthor
Mark BellDirector
Nigel HookDesigner
Ric MountjoyLighting


Booking until Sunday 2 May 2021

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday, 2.30pm
Sunday, 3pm & 7pm

Running time: 2hrs including one interval

Age recommendation: 8+
Please note children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by and sat next to their accompanying adult (who must be over 18 years of age). Children may not sit on their own within the auditorium.


Tickets from £22

Prices include booking fees of £2.50, applicable to online & telephone bookings.

All tickets include a £1.25 Theatre Restoration Levy

£67 – Includes a Premium Seat, signed programme, script and drink at the theatre bar
Ticket price includes a donation to CRISIS (London Skylight Centre)
Valid for all performances. Offer capped at 2 tickets per performance.


The Duchess Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.
The Duchess Theatre Box Office is open Monday 10am-6pm and Tuesday to Sunday 10am-8pm. Where there are performances on a Monday, the Box Office will open from 10am until the start of the final performance of the day.

The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street, near to Covent Garden in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme. Save 50% off parking with Q-Park (after 12pm and for up to 4 hours). To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park’s website.

Children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.

Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Duchess Theatre. There are also incidental bits of action in the foyer and auditorium from around 15 minutes before the show begins. For both of these reasons we recommend patrons arrive at the venue in good time. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to performance start time.

Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

Non-matinee days: opening at 12.30pm until 15 minutes after curtain up.

Q-Park – Chinatown or Trafalgar

Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

Bus Routes
For buses to Aldwych use: RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68