Aug 10, 2018
Broadway’s Tony Award-Winning Hit Comedy Prepares to Wreak Havoc in Lexington, September 14 – 15!
“Madcap mania with Monty Python in its blood. It cranks the chaos up to 11!”
– Associated Press
LEXINGTON, KY (8/10/18) -- The Lexington Opera House will host technical rehearsals and two preview performances September 14-15 for the new national tour of The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, before it embarks on its first national tour.
Technical rehearsals focus on integrating the live performers with production elements such as scenery, audio, lights, rigging, special effects, props and costumes. These rehearsals allow the traveling cast and crew to spend time in one location together, preparing the show before the tour starts.
According to Luanne Franklin, Lexington Center Director of Performing Arts, “This is a rare opportunity for Lexington to be the host city and for the Opera House be the tech venue selected for the first national tour of this Tony Award-winning production. We are honored and excited to welcome the creative team, cast and crew of The Play That Goes Wrong and to be their home for nearly two weeks!”
Presented by Variety Live, tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong are on sale now at the Lexington Center Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com
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’ 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 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 January 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 over 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.