‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ Brings Big Laughs to Stage in Pittsburgh

Alex Mandell and Amelia McClain in the Olivier and Tony Award winning production of The Play That Goes Wrong, co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, directed by Mark Bell. On Broadway at The Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its Pittsburgh debut and launch its Broadway National Tour Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 18-23, at the Benedum Center .

This tour is part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.

Tickets are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling guest services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales or in person at Theater Square box office.

On Wednesday, PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show talk, Know the Show Before You Go, at 6:30 p.m., at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave. To register, visit TrustArts.org/KnowtheShow.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The “Cornley University Drama Society” which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong … does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

Entertainment Weekly calls “The Play That Goes Wrong” “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!”

And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall-down funny. Go.”

The Broadway production of “The Play That Goes Wrong” opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through Jan. 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will have played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the 2nd longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. “The Play That Goes Wrong” received a Tony Award for Best Set Design, Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.

Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2014 WhatsOnStage Best New Comedy and 2015 UK BroadwayWorld Best New Play Awards, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is now in its fourth year in the West End, is currently on a 30-week UK tour and playing on six continents. The producers have avoided Antarctica for fear of a frosty reception.

It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has gone on to play to an audience of more than 2 million people around the world.

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning theatre company led by artistic director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer, was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” is directed by Mark Bell, featuring set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions/deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold/TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions/Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment/Jack Lane/John Yonover and Lucas McMahon.

For more information, visit www.BroadwayGoesWrong.com or follow The Play That Goes Wrong on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @BwayGoesWrong

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