Reviewed by Cate Norris
On entering the auditorium, I was taken aback by its grandeur. The sheer size and beauty of the décor was breath-taking and was topped off by the stunning set, an old-fashioned room in a country manor, which was visible whilst taking our seats. Recalling those first impressions, and the stark contrast with the finishing scene, when the whole set had collapsed around a traumatised looking cast, still makes me chuckle.
‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is about the hardest working theatre group in history and their performance of a play called ‘The Murder at Haversham Manor’. This is the epitome of a thespian’s night terror come true: lines are forgotten, there is too much need for improvisation, props are not where they should be, set literally blows up or falls down, cast are seriously injured in the process and stage crew have to step in. We feel their pain; nine times out of ten we anticipate their forthcoming predicament and laugh just as hard either way.
Following some ridiculous antics on stage I have to say that I loved the backstage ‘stage whispers’ declaring that the audience ‘never noticed’, that really made me laugh. I was also impressed with the stunt work. The cast pull off some risky, on stage, action which was tremendous. At one point, I was genuinely concerned for Robert Grove who played Thomas Colleymoore. After rolling and almost falling, he looked a little worried and I couldn’t determine if it was real or not. I looked up at Trevor Watson who played the lighting and sound operator, intermittently throughout the show. It was fantastic to see that even though he wasn’t on stage, he was constantly acting and looked completely bewildered by the sight unfolding before his eyes on the stage. A superb cast.
I had been eager to see this show after reading some fantastic reviews, including Ant & Dec’s recommendation. I was thrilled I got the chance to see it and it did not disappoint. It was a hilariously funny, non-stop action, gem of a show that had me grinning from ear to ear. You must go and see it for some mid-week merriment.
Tickets cost from £15 to £31.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Play That Goes Wrong is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 3-8 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND | 0115 989 5555