Sunday, 22 July 2018

So wrong it's right!

THE funniest thing I?ve ever seen on stage was The Play That Goes Wrong

THE funniest thing I?ve ever seen on stage was The Play That Goes Wrong.

It was voted the 2014 Whatsonstage Best New Comedy and the award-winning Mischief Theatre Company behind it is back with Peter Pan Goes Wrong, at Theatre Royal Windsor until Saturday.

Their latest offering employs the same formula, as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society sets out to present J M Barrie's classic tale, but of course everything you can think of to go wrong does, along with countless other issues beyond your wildest imagination.

The show begins even as you take your seats and from that moment you will be on the edge of them as the cast, which includes the ?sound, lighting and stage crew?, grab every opportunity to get a laugh.

A dog flap, coat hook and scissors are all employed as sources of great mirth as the actors display perfect comic timing against a backdrop of scenery shenanigans, costume disasters and tenuous plot lines.

The play ? the familiar children?s story but not as you know it - is half panto, half Christmas vignette and, er, half farce, and yet they don?t do anything by halves. It?s complete lunacy.

Laurence Pears does a brilliant John Cleese/Tommy Cooper-style George Darling and Naomi Sheldon gets her costume changes gloriously wrong, but there are laughs to be had everywhere ? to the point that I suspect the audience reaction drowned out a few jokes too ? before the show comes spinning to a chaotic conclusion.

It?s one for all the family and at one point my nine-year-old son just about squeezed out ?I can?t breathe?, which was for once a good thing.

If you only see one comedy this year make it this one and The Play That Goes Wrong (at the Duchess Theatre in London).

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is at Theatre Royal Windsor at 8pm every night until Saturday, May 23, with matinées on Thursday at 2.30pm and Saturday at 3pm.

Review: Scott Newman

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