The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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The Play That Goes Wrong Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • The Play That Goes Wrong is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 9, 2017
  • Show Opened : April 2, 2017
  • Show Closed: January 6, 2019

Now hopping over the pond to Broadway, The Play That Goes Wrong transfers to the Lyceum Theatre with its cast intact from London.

The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway Background

The director of the production, Mark Bell, travels with the show as well. The entire cast is making their Broadway debuts. The play was originally staged as a one-act over a pub in London, inspired by the co-writers experiences in drama school.

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, the play has a cast that includes the three writers themselves, along with Matthew Cavendish, Byrony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill, and Nancy Zamit. The producers of the play include J.J. Abrams, the film writer, director, and producer behind such works as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making his Broadway producing debut.

He is partnered with Kevin McCollum, the producer behind Something Rotten!, Rent, and Hand to God, among others, as well as Kenny Wax, Catherine Schreiber and Stage Presence, Ltd. When the chief New York Times theatre critic traveled to London to see the show before its transfer to Broadway was announced, he found it to be a surprising, gut-busting hit.

What's The Play That Goes Wrong Like?

Since the beginning of last December, the London production of The Play That Goes Wrong has been playing to 100% sold-out houses, due purely to excellent word of mouth and critical acclaim. The show is a slapstick comedy, in the vein of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, and also comparable to another recent transfer from London, One Man Two Guvnors, which had a healthy run on Broadway and subsequently paved the way for the U.S. career of James Corden, who now hosts "The Late Late Show" on CBS. The premise of the show is a group of hapless actors are attempting to stage a 1920s style murder mystery, and as the title suggests, everything goes wrong. The creators of this show are members of the Mischief Theatre Company, which actually has three shows running in the West End; in addition to The Play That Goes Wrong, there is also Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.

Is The Play That Goes Wrong Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for those ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 943
Entrance: 45th Street between 6th and 7th avenue
Theatre Information

Lyceum Theatre Seating Chart

The Play That Goes Wrong Marquee

The Play That Goes Wrong Marquee

Cast Members

Harrison Unger
Akron Watson
Mark Evans
Jonathan Fielding
Ashley Bryant
Amelia McClain
Alex Mandell
Preston Truman Boyd

Past Cast Members

Jonathan Sayer
Rob Falconer
Henry Shields
Greg Tannahill
Nancy Zamit
Charlie Russell
Dave Hearn
Henry Lewis


Kevin McCollum

JJ Abrams

Kenny Wax

Stage Presence LTD

Catherine Schreiber

Production Credits

Mark Bell
Scenic Design
Nigel Hook
Costume Design
Roberto Surace
Lighting Design
Ric Mountjoy
Sound Design
Andy Johnson
Henry Lewis + Jonathan Sayer + Henry Shields
Production Stage Manager
Matthew DiCarlo

Creative Team

General Manager
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Advertising Representative
Company Manager
Michelle Tamagawa at Bespoke Theatricals
Technical Supervisor
David Benken
Casting Director
Stephen Kopel at Jim Carnahan
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown