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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 eighth catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

The Duchess Theatre operates strictly under the government COVID-19 guidelines with robust mitigation methods. For further information check our COVID-19 secure information page. If you or anyone in your party experience symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate we have a 100% exchange guarantee up to 24 hours before your performance. Please contact and they will assist.

Booking to
Sunday 30 October 2022

Tickets From
Prices include booking fees of up to £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
Sean TurnerAssociate Director


Booking to Sunday 30 October 2022

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.

Please note the show contains the use of Pyrotechnics, Gun Shots, Loud Sound Effects, Smoke and Haze.


Tickets from £22
Prices include booking fees of up to £2.50, applicable to online & telephone bookings and a £1.25 restoration levy.

£39.50 each
Valid Tues, Weds, Thurs & Sun 7pm in November 2021 and January 2022.
Book by 31 Dec 2021.
Exclusions apply, minimum 6 and maximum of 9. Includes booking fee.

£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.


Sunday – Friday 10+ Best available £34.50
Sunday – Friday 25+ Best available £30

School Groups 10+  
Best available seats reduced to £21, plus 1 free teacher ticket for every 10 students booked.
Valid Tuesday – Friday performances.

All groups rates are subject to availability, and exclusions may apply.
Contact our helpful Groups team for more details.
Call: 0330 333 4817
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm


Box Office Opening Hours – 12pm – 8pm

Due to Covid 19, opening hours may vary and the venue will not be open on days when there is no show.
Phone: 0330 333 4810

The Duchess Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.

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