REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, until July 15.

The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong

The genius, of course, is that we have all seen something a little bit like it.

Multiply it a millionfold and you get The Play That Goes Wrong, the utterly-hilarious celebration of every possible amdram calamity.

Pure, brilliant entertainment from first to last, it’s that rarest of things – a show that really will have you gasping for breath as it hits you with laugh after laugh after laugh.

And for hours afterwards, you will be remembering the funnies in a disconnected stream.

The set-up is an amateur company staging a creaky Mousetrap-style murder mystery. But the gods are against them. Props fail, actors are knocked out, ceilings collapse, lines are mangled and an impromptu understudy refuses to let the first-choice actor back on.

It is all completely bonkers – and quite exhaustingly funny.

All you can do is salute the supreme skill of a cast capable of choreographing chaos to absolute perfection.

Phil Hewitt

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