The Play That Goes Wrong makes a triumphant return to Venue Cymru – Review

It was a triumphant return to Venue Cymru in Llandudno for a show that had me rolling off my seat the last time I saw The Play That Goes Wrong. Imagine watching a play in the theatre where anything and almost everything could go awry, The Play That Goes Wrong, is a play that is based on that theory, originally presented by Mischief Theatre at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London.

Thankfully this play of mishaps and cock-ups has returned to Venue Cymru in Llandudno as part of its UK tour and from start to finish the show had me laughing so much that I ended up crying with laughter in uncontrollable fits of hysterics!

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have delighted us with an evening of their amateur dramatics by putting 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 reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!

Many of you will have seen Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong that have been shown on BBC One, The Play That Goes Wrong is a gut-burstingly funny as that was, the cast of the show in Venue Cymru bring to the stage a play that is not only entertainingly funny to watch, between the tears of laughter, but it also has you loving what the cast is doing on the stage in their professional way of performing badly!

The Play That Goes Wrong Starts Before It Starts!

The Play That Goes Wrong 2018 Tour - Jake Curran and Elena Valentine

What!? I know the header may sound confusing, but the first night’s performance was due to start at 7:30 pm, but after sitting down the stage comes to life with the stagehands getting everything prepared and you may notice people walking around the audience asking questions, this was the cast, playing the stagehands of the play and getting involved with the audience.

I don’t want to go into what they were asking as that would spoil the play and you know we don’t like Spoilers here at Blazing Minds.

Behind the stage off the stage!

When watching the show I noticed that there is a small control panel at the side of the stage, this is to bring the behind the scenes of the stage off the stage, this is where we see a lot of Trevor (played by Gabriel Paul) who does Light and Sound for the production in the production!

What  love about The Play That Goes Wrong it is so much like an Agatha Christie murder mystery, much like the superb And Then There Were None, but obviously with everything going wrong, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s of The Murder at Haversham Manor is one that if it went right, without anything going wrong, would still work!

The Play That Goes Wrong 2018 Tour - Elena Valentine as Sandra

The set for the show is brilliant, it may look a bit worn out, but that is part of the play and the charm, the set itself is a key part of the show, with many of the props being used brilliantly during the production, with some great comedic timing with them and the cast.

From stuck doors to mind-blowing snow blizzard effects and not forgetting the brilliant use of a “second floor” that is used with such a comedic, Harold Lloyd, style that it was one of the many moments where I was wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes.

The production team have done an amazing job, as have the lighting, sound, director and the rest of the crew and cast, The Play That Goes Wrong is a proper 2-hour laugh-fest, it’s been a while since I have laughed so much, this is a show that is not to be missed.

The cast is different from the last time I saw the show at Llandudno, but they all bring the comedy and hysterics to this production as well, it bugged me at first who was playing Chris in the show, is the director of the Drama Societies production and Inspector Carter, then it suddenly dawned on me, it Jake Curran, who I last saw in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, a big change of role from that, but who puts on a brilliant performance in the show, as do all the cast in The Play That Goes Wrong, this is a show that your chuckle muscles will have a full workout and more.

If you want to have a great night out, then The Play That Goes Wrong is a show that you must see, Venue Cymru was almost full during the first night and I can imagine many will be returning for another viewing, my recommendation would be to grab some tickets for the show and see it as soon as you can.

Go on … Give your chuckle muscles the good workout they need and join in the fun as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on Murder at Haversham Manor in The Play That Goes Wrong at Venue Cymru!

The Play That Goes Wrong is on until Saturday 15 September 2018, book online at or at the Box Office on 01492 872 000.

Brilliantly funny from start to finish


The Play That Goes Wrong is funny even before it officially starts, a true theatrical comedy farse that will have you laughing from start to finish.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham