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The Play That Goes Wrong

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields
Full Length, Comedy
6 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 8, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 9780822236368
FEE: $100 per performance. Manuscript available in ePub format.
THE STORY: If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Downton Abbey taken over by Monty Python, then you have some very strange dreams. And, you’ll love THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—a ramshackle set, a leading lady with a concussion, and a corpse that can’t play dead. Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!
“…an unexpected, gut-busting hit…one of those breakneck exercises in idiocy that make you laugh till you cry…It starts off punch-drunk and just keeps getting drunker.” —NY Times. “[A] broad, silly and deliciously demented show…[THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG] evokes Fawlty Towers with nods to Buster Keaton, Carol Burnett and Monty Python.” —Variety. “…hilarious…nonstop pandemonium…THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is just right: a ridiculously entertaining disaster.” —Entertainment Weekly.