The Play That Goes Wrong…

The Play That Goes Wrong…

I’m back today with another theatre review, for The Play That Goes Wrong, which surprisingly actually isn’t a musical.  Mischief theatre company has intrigued me for a while, so when Bristol Hippodrome invited me tao their press night* I knew that I had to see it, and I am so glad that I did.

What is The Play That Goes Wrong?

The Play that Goes Wrong is exactly what it says on the tin, focusing on a theatre group that are putting on a murder mystery that goes hilariously wrong.  We watch through (Purposefully) terrible acting, characters getting knocked out and replaced mid-scene, the set falling apart, the lighting and music going wrong, while they push on regardless.  It was quite similar to a pantomime with its audience interaction and high level of slapstick comedy.  However, it’s a lot less cheesey.

General Thoughts…

I’m not the biggest fan of live comedies, but I loved this, inside and out.  The typically British nature of the jokes, and the metatheatricality of it all made this something special and unique.  There were so many levels to this production and at the same time it was easy to enjoy as a simple lighthearted comedy.  

Highlights for me included the chaos that ensued at the end, the moments involving Robert having to ensure the phone in spite of the set falling apart, and every scene that involved Trevor the sound engineer.  I honestly cannot sing the praises of The Play that Goes Wrong enough.  I am completely in awe of Mischief Theatre Company  and want to see everything that they do (I’ve already sorted out when I’m going to see the touring production of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – one of their other works).



I couldn’t help but think about the immense talent and planning that it would take to put on a production like this.  Yes, everything has to “go wrong”, but it should all be going wrong at specific times, and ensure that the actors remain safe on stage.  In some ways, the play that goes wrong only functions correctly if everything goes exactly to plan, and I admired that, a lot.  That stage literally fell apart in front of our eyes, and I have no idea how they do it every night, but I’m a big fan.


Little Tip…

I get a program whenever I go to a piece of theatre because I collect programs.  However, this is the first time I genuinely am telling you to go pick up a program. The program retains the same level of metatheatricality, providing it’s own entertainment and procing that this play just keeps on giving, even after it’s over.


If you have the chance to see it, please do!  It’s showing in the West End regularly, touring in Bristol until Saturday 21st July 2018, and then the tour continues to make its way around the UK!  You can check the dates out here.

If you can get a ticket, I strongly recommend.  I may not be the biggest fan of live comedy, but the Play That Goes Wrong definitely went right in my books.


Have you seen it?  Are you planning to?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx


*DISCLAIMER* This review is not sponsored, but I was given a complimentary ticket to see this show.  However, that does not affect the integrity of my review.  All my thoughts and opinions are my own and I always work to keep my reviews genuine and honest.



  1. July 18, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Aww my other half absolutely loves British comedy so I think he’d be really into this! Not to mention he’s been wanting to see something at a theatre forever so I’m kind of tempted to try and get some last minute tickets for us now. So glad you had a good time and found something new to enjoy!
    Alice Xx

    • July 18, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Omg Alice you definitely should! It’s honestly SO worth the watch, see if you can nab some tickets before it leaves Bristol!
      Jas xx

  2. July 18, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    This play sounds so good 🙂 I have never gone to see a live play before but I’m super glad that you had lots of fun. I’m surely going to plan a trip to one sometime ^.^

    • July 18, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      You definitely should! Live trips are so much fun
      Jas xx

  3. July 18, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Ah this sounds wicked. There’s nothing quite like a bit of comic relief to cheer you up!

  4. July 18, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Ah this sounds awesome! I don’t know will I get to see it as I’m from Ireland, but I’m gonna look more into this type of comedy/theatre!

    • July 18, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      You definitely should look more into this type of theatre, it was such a great time!
      Jas xx

  5. eviebraithwaite
    July 18, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Ah this sounds like something I’d enjoy! I love some British comedy, I haven’t been to the theatre in forever either! Thanks for sharing!
    Evie x |

  6. July 18, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Sounds awesome!

  7. July 18, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Sounds like a cool play, I have heard of this before but never considered it!
    Thanks for sharing we’ll have to check It out

  8. July 18, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    This sounds INCREDIBLE! Definitely right up my street. I’m not sure if there’s anything similar on near me, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it now! There was a show on TV at Christmas with a similar theme, based on A Christmas Carol and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Great post!
    Katie | Life With Ktkinnes

    • July 18, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      Yeah, that TV show on BBC was done by the same company! They’re really great!
      Jas xx

  9. July 18, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    THIS PLAY IS HILARIOUS! I done a review on my blog last month as we saw it in Swindon and I was surprised how much we enjoyed the play. I wouldn’t have booked to be honest at first and was given tickets, but we loved it so much it has opened our thoughts to see things we wouldn’t normally see and also my husband booked to go again a few days later with our daughter

    • July 19, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Yeah, I also wasn’t sure about it until I saw it and now I’m so in awe!
      Jas xx

  10. July 19, 2018 / 12:47 am

    This sounds awesome! ☺️

  11. July 19, 2018 / 10:59 am

    This sounds so good. That’s exactly my style of comedy so I think I’d really enjoy this too. I loved this review, you could tell how much you enjoyed it so early on, it made we want to go even more. Plus I haven’t been to the theatre in forever so this sounds like the perfect opportunity x

    • July 20, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Thank you so much! You should definitely check it out!
      Jas xx

  12. July 19, 2018 / 11:56 am

    Oh my God I absolutely love the sound of this! It reminds me of Fawlty Towers or something like that, just where everything goes hilariously wrong xxx

    • July 20, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Yeah it’s very similar to that! You should definitely give it a go!
      Jas xx

  13. July 20, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Sounds absolutely incredible!! Have you seen Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Gone Wrong? They were on TV around Christmas and followed a similar concept, I would love to see something similar pulled off live xx

    • July 22, 2018 / 11:43 am

      I haven’t seen them but I want to! They’re actually done by the exact same company as this performance haha
      Jas xx

  14. July 26, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I have never heard of this either, but it sounds like one big comedy act! Interesting 😉

  15. Charlotte Uttridge
    August 12, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I saw this for my birthday a few years ago..loved it! Cried with laughter all the way through! Great piece! 😊

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      August 12, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Awwww thank you! Honestly it’s so much fun!

      Jas xx

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