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'The Play That Goes Wrong' Resumes Its Off-Broadway Run At New World Stages

Jeryl Brunner

At the start of The Play That Goes Wrong, things are already a bit of a debacle. The fireplace mantle on stage is not fully built. The doors are not opening properly. Winston the dog is missing. And that’s just the very beginning of the show.
Nigel Hook's Tony Award Winning Set of The Play That Goes WrongJeremy Daniel

In this delectable play within a play the Cornley University Drama Society is about to stage a 1920s whodunit, The Murder at Haversham Manor. And they have an opportunity to perform the murder mystery at one of the city's fancy theaters. However, mayhem and madness ensues.

The Play That Goes Wrong began across the pond in London, won the Olivier Award for best comedy and then opened on Broadway in 2017. The show won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Set Design, a Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play. )

In February 2019, The Play That Goes Wrong, directed by Matt DiCarlo, opened Off Broadway at New World Stages – Stage 4.

And now the play is back!

This month the producers announced that the show’s New York production will resume performances on its Tony Award winning set at New World Stages on October 15, 2021. Tickets are now available online at or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200.

The Play that Goes Wrong was co-written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, company members of Mischief Theatre Ltd. Mischief Theatre Ltd. was founded in 2008 by a group of acting graduates of LAMDA and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief performs across the United Kingdom and internationally with original scripted and improvised work and also has a workshop program. The company is owned and controlled by its original members and is led by a creative group and its directors Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer.

The Play That Goes Wrong is all about what it takes to create theater. And everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. However, these intrepid-yet-accident-prone thespians will do all they can, against all odds, to get to their final curtain call.

The production features set design by Tony Award winner Nigel Hook, costume design by Roberto Surace, lighting design by Jeremy Cunningham, and sound design by Beth Lake. The original Broadway production was directed by Mark Bell and featured lighting design by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andrew Johnson.

The Play That Goes Wrong is produced Off-Broadway by Kevin McCollum,J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Federman-Batchelder / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech , Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover and Lucas McMahon.

Before the pandemic, Mischief Theatre Ltd. had multiple productions playing in New York and London. The Play That Goes Wrong (re-opening in London in June 2021) and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (which played at the Criterion Theatre for four years). In September 2019, the company started a West End residency at the Vaudeville Theatre with Groan Ups followed by Magic Goes Wrong, which is set to reopen in Fall, 2021. Other Mischief productions, including Peter Pan Goes Wrong, regularly tour in licensed productions throughout the world.

New World Stages is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers, and staff. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, protocols may include mask enforcement, vaccination or negative test verification, and more as developed by the theater owners in conjunction with the State. New protective systems, including sanitization and filtration requirements, will be implemented by the theater to align with federal and state recommendations. If any regulations change, the theater will follow state, and federal guidelines to maintain safety for all.

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