Friday, 20 November 2015

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Play That Goes Wrong.
I saw this play last year on a school trip and loved it so much I just had to go back! I can with certainty say that is one of the funniest things in the West End right now. It is extremely funny! The storyline, for those who don't know the play, is: The play introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. The cast included Harry Kershaw as Chris, Adam Byron who was understudying the role of Robert, Niall Ransome as Dennis, James Marlowe as Max, Laurence Pears as Jonathan, Bryony Corrigan as Sandra, Matthew Cavendish who was understudying as Trevor and Laura Kirman as Annie. The cast seemed to gel really well together and all had perfect comic timing. The cast did change earlier this year, but this cast are just as good! The way the characters are represented is very good. For example, one character is portrayed as a real thespian and another character is portrayed as trying really hard to be a good actor, but often had mispronunciation with words. The production I saw of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' tried to achieve what 'The Play That Goes Wrong' had, but failed miserably. It's really hard to achieve what this production has. The costumes and the set were incredible, as was the direction. I love this show, but there are a few things that irritate me about the production. Sadly I felt some of the jokes went on for far too long. For example, one of the characters is looking for a 'ledger' and can't find it. He then goes onto repeat the words 'a ledger' about 20 times. I also feel that the things going wrong could be a little more spaced out. Something usually goes wrong every 10 or 20 seconds, however I perhaps would have edited that to have something go wrong every minute or two. I seem to be in the minority here though. The show is currently booking till the 11th of September next year and I am sure it will run in the West End for quite some time.

The featured star of The Play That Goes Wrong is, drum roll please... JAMES MARLOWE!

James Marlowe is absolutely hilarious in the role of 'Max'. I felt he was the glue that held the show together, he was so funny! Most of the times I laughed in the show, was at his jokes and the way he delivered them.

Now for my final verdict on The Play That Goes Wrong. I give The Play That Goes Wrong... 

For anyone who needs a good laugh right now I suggest you go to the Duchess Theatre and get yourself some tickets!

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing the West End version of The Phantom of the Opera.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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