Cast show off their mastery of split-second comic timing

Henry Sheilds SUS-140625-164149001
Henry Sheilds SUS-140625-164149001

This year’s Whatsonstage award winner for Best New Comedy and West End hit, The Play That Goes Wrong, is coming to the Devonshire Park Theatre from June 30 until July 5 as part of a nationwide tour.

The show is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members, which include Hastings-based actor Henry Sheilds (pictured).

Together with his co-writers Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer they are also talented cast members demonstrating their mastery of split-second timing as they play heroically incompetent actors in a play where anything that can go wrong, will, and does!

Directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick all delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.

The play introduces ‘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 thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

The show exploded onto the stage with phenomenal success last year, opening at the Old Red Lion in London to unanimous rave review.

It then transferred to the West End where it enjoyed two successive runs at the Trafalgar Studios, followed by a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

It has since toured the UK to packed houses and has received more unanimous praise from critics and audiences alike.

This massacre of a murder mystery by an enthusiastic, if hapless, troupe of endearing characters is packed with comic joy.

Evening performances of The Play That Goes Wrong are at 7.45pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £14.50 - £22 with concessions available.

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