The Play That Goes Wrong

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September 21 - November 9, 2024

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The Play That Goes Wrong


September 21 – November 9, 2024

Est. run time: 2 hrs incl. intermission 🛈 | Recommended for all ages

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Final performance: November 9, 2024

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The Play That Goes Wrong

This Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

“…an unexpected, gut-busting hit…one of those breakneck exercises in idiocy that make you laugh till you cry…It starts off punch-drunk and just keeps getting drunker.” The New York Times

“…hilarious…nonstop pandemonium…THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is just right: a ridiculously entertaining disaster.” Entertainment Weekly

Play Details

By Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer
Directed by Susi Damilano


Cast announcement coming soon.

About the Creators

HENRY LEWIS is an Olivier Award winning writer, actor and producer and is the artistic director of Mischief. Henry’s work has been produced in over 40 countries worldwide.

Henry’s recent credits include: The Valiant Quest of Prince Ivandoe (actor – Cartoon Network), Mischief Movie Night-In (format co-creator/actor/producer – live stream), Magic Goes Wrong (writer/actor – West End/Lowry, Nominated for Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play – Olivier Awards 2020 and Best New Play – What’s On Stage Awards 2022 and co-created with magicians Penn & Teller), The Goes Wrong Show (writer/actor – BBC1), Groan Ups (writer/actor – West End), Mischief Movie Night (format co-creator/actor – West End & UK Tours – nominated for Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards 2018), The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (writer and actor West End/UK Tour – nominated for Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2017), The Play that Goes Wrong (writer/actor West End/Broadway, UK/International Tours – Winner of Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2015 and What’s On Stage Awards 2014), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (writer/actor – BBC1/West End/UK Tour/Pleasance London – Nominated for Best New Comedy – Oliver Awards 2016) A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (writer/actor – BBC1). Henry has also performed at The Royal Variety Performance 2015 & 2019 (ITV1), We are Most Amused and Amazed: Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday Celebration (ITV1) Keep it in the Family (ITV1), Children in Need 2020 (BBC1).

Henry ShieldsHENRY SHIELDS is an Olivier award-winning writer and has been a member of Mischief Theatre since 2009.

Theatre includes: The Play That Goes Wrong (winner 2015 Olivier Award), Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Groan Ups, Magic Goes Wrong, Mischief Movie Night.

Television includes: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (BBC1), A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC1), The Goes Wrong Show (BBC1), Holby City (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV)

Jonathan SayerJONATHAN SAYER is an Olivier Award-winning writer, actor, producer and Director of Mischief. His work has been performed in over 49 countries worldwide.

Theatre credits include: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (writer/actor- /Broadway/LA/West End/UK/International tours; Winner- Audience Choice Award 2023- Favourite New Play & Drama Drama Desk Award 2023- Unique Theatre Experience, nominated for Best New Comedy- Oliver Awards 2016), Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle (writer/actor – West End & UK Tour), Mischief Movie Night In (co-creator/actor/producer – livestream); Magic Goes Wrong (writer/actor – West End/Lowry/UK Tour – Nominated for Best New Entertainment/Comedy Play – Olivier Award 2020 and Best supporting performance in a Male Identifying role in a play- What’s On Stage Awards 2022, co-created with magicians Penn & Teller); Groan Ups (writer/actor – West End/UK/International tours); Mischief Movie Night (co-creator/actor/producer- West End/UK tours – nominated Best New Comedy – Olivier Award 2018); The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (writer/actor- Criterion Theatre/UK/International tour); The Play That Goes Wrong (actor/writer – Lyceum Theatre, Broadway/Duchess Theatre, West End/UK and international tours – Best New Comedy – Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award); Lights! Camera! Improvise! (actor, improviser, producer – Spirit of the Fringe Award 2013, Best Improv Show Award 2012). Television credits include: The Goes Wrong Show series one and two, (BBC1, writer/actor); Peter Pan Goes Wrong (BBC1, writer/actor/associate producer); The Royal Variety Performance: The Play That Goes Wrong (ITV, writer/actor); A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC1, writer/actor).

Jonathan has also appeared in We are Most Amused and Amazed (ITV1); Keep it in the Family (ITV1); Children in Need 2020 (BBC1) and Comic Relief 2022 (BBC1).

Jonathan is a trustee for Go live Theatre Projects and is the co-chair of Ashton United Football Club. His new book Nowhere to Run came out in August 2023 and is a currently on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

The show is on stage six days a week; Tuesday through Sunday. Showtimes are as follows:

Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M.
Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Thursdays at 7:00 P.M.
Fridays at 8:00 P.M.
Saturdays at 3:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 2:00 P.M.

Showtimes may vary. Always consult the official show calendar or call 415.677.9596 for updated dates and times.

Tickets range from $30 to $100, although prices may fluctuate depending on date, showtime, and demand. Discounts are available to season subscribers.

The Play That Goes Wrong first premiered in 2012 at the Old Red Lion Theatre, a small pub theatre in London. It went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, and a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play in 2017.

San Francisco Playhouse's auditorium is on two levels: Orchestra and Mezzanine/Balcony. Our intimate 199-seat theatre has only nine rows in the Orchestra, meaning every single seat is close to the stage.

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San Francisco Playhouse is located at 450 Post St., San Francisco CA 94102. The theatre is located on the second floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. Patrons may access the venue using the elevators or stairs in the hotel lobby.

San Francisco Playhouse is ADA accessible. The theatre is located on the second floor and can be accessed by two elevators from the lobby level. Wheelchair and companion seating are located on the theatre's mezzanine level.

We do not offer onsite parking, and the hotel's valet is only available to guests of the Kensington Park Hotel. For nearby affordable parking, we recommend the Union Square garage or Sutter-Stockton garage. Limited street parking is also available.

We recommend taking BART or Muni to San Francisco Playhouse. We are four blocks from the Powell Street BART/Muni station — just a seven-minute walk.