THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG to Transfer to Cape Town's Theatre On The Bay After Successful Joburg Run

Nicole Franco in a scene from
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The South African production of the hit comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG will open at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town this May, following a sold-out season in Johannesburg. Directed by Alan Committie, the production features a top-notch comedy cast including Robert Fridjhon, Theo Landy, Russel Savadier, Craig Jackson, Roberto Pombo, Nicole Franco, Louis Viljoen and Sive Gubangxa.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a celebration of the best and worst of live theatre. The story revolves around the staging of a 1920s murder mystery by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, but, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong, does. The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences.

Described by theatregoers as "FAWLTY TOWERS meets NOISES OFF," this hit comedy made its bow in 2012 at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London before moving to Trafalgar Studios and finally transferring to the Duchess Theatre in the West End, where the show is still running. Having won several major awards during its West End season, including the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy as well as the 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best New Play, the production opened earlier this month on Broadway following a preview period in March. With the Johannesburg run having started on 24 March, this is one of those rare opportunities where South African audiences can see a local staging of a production at the same time as its first staging on Broadway.

Local producer Pieter Toerien says that 'THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is the funniest play (he has) ever seen', and the production is guaranteed to be hilarious from start to finish. Opening on 3 May and running through 17 June, on Tuesdays to Fridays at 20:00 and Saturdays 16:00 and 20:00, ticket prices start at R120 and bookings can be made online through Computicket or by phone on 0214383100. The show carries an age restriction of 8 years.

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