The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome
This week Bristol Hippodrome welcome The Play that Goes Wrong. It is a hilarious light-hearted comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong has been a huge hit in the West End since it’s launch in 2013. It has also been played worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. The Play that Goes Wrong is also the proud owner of some amazing awards including 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play and 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy.
The show started before the curtain even rose. With the backstage crew, especially Trevor, getting the audience involved looking for the lost dog. Then getting an audience member up to help prop up the mantlepiece.
Straight away this broke the ice and made me realise I was in for a comical evening. The play was a play within a play. ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ is the fictional am dram group that act out the play. Once the play started the ‘Director’ played by Jake Curran explained about past disastrous productions from the drama society. Trying to assure the audience everything will be fine if nothing goes wrong, well as the title suggests everything did go wrong.
Murder at Haversham Manor was a live who done it style play. Charles Haversham is murdered just before his engagement party. But not as seamless as your average play, ever thinkable mishap occurred. With a clever set design that enabled it doors to stick shut, paintings to fall off of the walls, all the things that made the audience roar with laughter.
The actor’s passion, had the audience hooked from the start to finish. Throughout the 2 hour play, I laughed out loud at the slapstick humour. The play was given an 8+ advisory, my 12 year old would have loved it. The Play That Goes Wrong is a feel-good production and it is completely understandable why it is so highly regarded in the theatrical world.
The Play That Goes Wrong is at Bristol Hippodrome until 21st July and then it will continue its tour.
Disclaimer: I was given press tickets in return for an honest review, all words are my own.