The Play That Goes Wrong
I was invited to the press night of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night. I took Sukh along as my plus-one because we were in need of a date night after such a long time. We both enjoy the theatre immensely, so to be able to watch a production and spend some quality time together was the perfect way to spend the evening.
Things have been hectic lately with work and family commitments, so we’ve been feeling the pressure. And with the colder weather and dark nights drawing in, we needed a bit of light relief. And boy, did we get bucket-loads of that.
We stopped for a quick bite to eat first at the Chinese quarter in the city centre. Neither of us were very hungry after a late lunch so we shared a braised chicken ramen. It was exactly what we needed and we can’t wait to take the kids to the new place we discovered. I know this picture doesn’t do justice to the dish but it was so tempting, we started tucking in before I remembered to click a photo!
BACK AT THE HIPPODROME
It was our first visit to the Hippdrome since the pandemic and it felt so good to be back. As I said, we love the theatre and we have been regulars at the Hippodrome for many years.
We had enough time to grab a drink before settling into our seats. It was great to see the curtain was already up and the audience could see the set. Thats because even before the play has officially started, there’s interaction between some of the cast and the crowd.
A BRILLIANT COMEDY
The Play That Goes Wrong is a multi award-winning comedy by Mischief theatre company. The basic premise is that it’s a play within a play. You see the fictitious Cornley Drama Society trying to put on a 1920s murder mystery ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’.
But of course, everything goes wrong and the actors try to fight against the chaos to get through to the end.
SO MANY LOL MOMENTS
The actors mess up their lines, they get injured, props go missing, the set collapses and gosh, just so much chaos. All of this left the audience howling with laughter. At some points, I thought I would fall of my chair!
The cast are absolutely fantastic and I’m sure it’s no easy feat to ‘mess up’ in such a natural way, so you’re convinced they’re just fumbling through.
I love a good musical but it was so good to see something different after a long time. Sukh and I haven’t laughed this much at the theatre since we saw Noises Off in the West End over 15 years ago.
I loved that production so much that I watched it again a few years ago with my sisters and still found it hilarious. I’ve never seen anything since that comes close to that.
The writers describe this play as ‘Fawlty Towers’ meets ‘Noises Off, so even though I knew I would enjoy this, I was pleasantly surprised to see it surpassed my expectations.
The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its seventh year in the West End and I’m not surprised. It is superbly written and such a clever concept. It’s on at the Hippodrome until Saturday, so go and see it if you fancy rolling on the floor with laughter.
Book tickets here: The Play That Goes Wrong
Disclaimer: I was invited to the press night. All thoughts and opinions are my own.