The Play That Goes Wrong - Royal and Derngate, Northampton
There are plenty of laughs and several moments of wonderful nonsense in The Play That Goes Wrong.
It tells the story of Cornley Polytechnic Society putting on a production of Murder at Haversham Manor. However the real story is seeing the desperate lengths the actors go to to keep the show going despite plenty of disasters.
Prior to me going to see The Play That Goes Wrong, my parents went to see it in another part of the country and said nothing about it as it was the sort of show which is better to come into cold.
This show is a cross between Fawlty Towers and the hit West End farce Noises Off.
If you don’t like one joke, there’s bound to be another one which will make you split your sides coming along seconds later.
For while it is easy to suggest the chaos which ensues on stage all looks completely ad-libbed, I have no doubt the cast would have worked hard on all of the gags to get them right and this practice has definitely payed off. It reminded me a lot of my amateur dramatics days in the best possible way
Without giving too much of the show away, the set falls into various states of disrepair and Nigel Hook’s set not only creates a neat pastiche of an Agatha Christie drawing room but helps to deliver many of the script’s finest gags.
The only thing I would suggest is that you should take your seats prior to the start of the show. There is plenty of things to keep you entertained even before it gets going.
For this was a laugh out loud, brilliantly inspired show and worth every single penny. Simply superb.
Review by Steve Mills
The Play That Goes Wrong is performed until Saturday. To book tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.