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West End Comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Bound for Australia

Olivier Award-winning theatre company Mischief Theatre are bringing their comedy masterpiece The Play That Goes Wrong to Australia for the first time from February next year.

Acclaimed with five star reviews and currently playing to packed houses in the West End this brilliant comedic piece will open in Melbourne on 22 February followed by Adelaide on 28 March, Sydney from 5 April, Canberra from 26 April 2017, Brisbane from 6 May 2017, and in Perth from 31 May 2017.

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

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.

Original London Mischief Director Mark Bell has been in Australia holding auditions to find a suitably incompetent bunch of actors to deliver Mischief Theatre's trademark comic mayhem. The Australian cast will be announced shortly.

The Play That Goes Wrong got it absolutely right when right when it clinched a number of accolades including the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy 2015, BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play 2015 and WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy 2014. The critically-acclaimed production continues to thrive in the West End playing to sold-out houses. Chaos will continue across the UK with a second nationwide tour, recently announced along with news that The Play That Goes Wrong is Broadway bound in 2017.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and began as an improvised comedy group. The company perform across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. This is Mischief's first Australian Tourand they look forward to Going Wrong, upside down, on the other side of the world.

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Tickets On Sale Friday 21 October at 5pm
Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
From 22 February 2017

Tickets On Sale Friday 21 October at 5pm
Her Majesty's Theatre, 58 Grote Street, Adelaide
From 28 March 2017

Tickets On Sale Friday 28 October at 5pm
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
From 5 April 2017 &

Tickets On Sale November 2016
Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
From 26 April 2017

Tickets On Sale November 2016
Concert Hall, QPAC, Corner of Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank
From 6 May 2017

Tickets On Sale November 2016
His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth
From 31 May 2017

Performance dates and times subject to change.

Headed by James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is one of Australasia's leading producers of live entertainment, and over the last two decades has created a reputation for bringing top quality international productions to audiences across five continents. Since 1993, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has brought a wide array of live entertainment to Australasia, including musicals (The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Chicago, Cats, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miss Saigon); spectaculars (Cirque du Soleil's Alegria, Riverdance); boutique shows (Stomp, Potted Potter, Slava's Snowshow, Circus Oz, Tap Dogs); musical concerts (ABBA Mania, Thriller Live, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Bootleg Beatles); International Artists (Elaine Paige, Bryn Terfel, David Helfgott, Marina Prior and Mark Vincent); as well as The Imperial Ice Stars productions of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice , Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice to name just a few. Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is based in the UK with companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

This is Kenny's third show with the Mischief Theatre Company, the others being The Play That Goes Wrong, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery currently running at the Criterion Theatre. Kenny is very proud to have produced the world-premiere production of Top Hat, which was the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical from its seven nominations and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out. Kenny also produced Once on This Island for Imagination at the Royalty Theatre which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1995, having been nominated in four categories. He also co-produced Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher and Michael Xavier, which won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production 2012. 2014 saw the launch of Hetty Feather, an adaptation of a novel by Jacqueline Wilson, directed by Sally Cookson and nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Family Entertainment.

Kenny has also produced Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things (New Ambassadors); Maddie (Lyric); The Challenge (Shaw) and tours of The Witches of Eastwick starring Marti Pellow, Aspects of Love starring David Essex, Anthems with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Hobson's Choice starring John Savident (co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre), Stiles and Drewe's Olivier Award-winning National Theatre production of Honk! directed by Julia McKenzie, Ben Elton's Gasping starring David Haig, Gerald Moon's Corpse!, Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers starring Stephanie Cole, Rosemary Leach and Susannah York, Bedroom Farce, Strangers on a Train, Rain Man starring Neil Morrissey, My Boy Jack Starring David Haig and Belinda Lang, Arsenic and Old Lace with Angela Thorne, Brigit Forsyth and Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Daldry's multi-award winning production of JB Priestley's classic thriller An Inspector Calls in the West End and on tour co-production with PW Productions and Marrying the Mistress adapted from the Joanna Trollope novel of the same name.

Kenny has built up a reputation of being one of the most prolific providers of shows for children in the West End and around the provinces, with titles which include: David Walliams's Mr Stink (UK Tour); The Gruffalo (Lyric and Duchess theatres and Tour); The Gruffalo's Child (Arts Theatre and Tour), Room on the Broom (Lyric and Garrick theatres and UK tour - Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Family Entertainment); The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Lyric and Vaudeville theatres and Tour - Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Family Entertainment) and We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Duchess and Lyric theatres, Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong, Singapore and North America tour). In 2013, he produced the stage adaptation of a new Julia Donaldson book, What the Ladybird Heard. The newest additions to the family shows are Stiles and Drewe's Three Little Pigs (Palace) and Mr Popper's Penguins which is playing at the New Victory Theatre in New York this Autumn prior to a run in the West End. Other projects for 2016 / 17 include a run at the Haymarket and UK tour of Bad Jews, a UK tour of Relatively Speaking starring Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, a stage adaptation of Fellini's Oscar winning movie La Strada, the Broadway transfer of The Play That Goes Wrong, and UK and Australian tours of The Play That Goes Wrong. Kenny is on the board of the Society of London Theatre and was honoured to be invited into the 2016 publication of Who's Who.

Productions include: The Play That Goes Wrong (UK tour and Duchess Theatre - winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), Life After George featuring Stephen Dillane and Cheryl Campbell (Duchess), Bedroom Farce featuring June Whitfield and Richard Briers (Aldwych Theatre), The Tale That Wags the Dog (Plymouth Theatre Royal and Lyric Hammersmith), Angela Carter's Magic Toyshop (Shared Experience at Soho Theatre).

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