The Play That Goes Wrong Review – Cardiff New Theatre

My children are immensely lucky that they have been taken to many theatre shows and plays in their time. One of their favourite theatres is the New Theatre in Cardiff and as we were walking past there the other day my eldest Eve (11) saw a poster for The Play That Goes Wrong and asked if we could go and see it. I love that she takes such an interest in the theatre and that she is enticed to go to watch a show. She really has caught the theatre bug which is lovely to see.

So last night I took her to the New Theatre to watch the play. It was lovely to go out just her and I and spend some time together and she was so excited! When we got to the theatre it was absolutely bustling with people which is always nice to see and we settled into our seats about ten minutes early to enjoy the show.

A little pointer if you are going to see the show – I would recommend sitting down a bit early as there is some pre-show action on stage which is really funny and obviously helps to warm up the audience. Eve was bewildered by the man wandering around the theatre looking for his lost dog, she thought he was genuine but it all became apparent as part of the joke of the play later on.

The play is set up as a murder mystery, but obviously everything that can go wrong does go wrong! I honestly haven’t laughed so much in ages, Eve was laughing until she was crying at some points, it was so nice to see the happiness on her face! It was genuine slapstick comedy and importantly for me, good clean humour so Eve could enjoy it without me worrying!

I don’t want to give too much away but you’ll see the actors forget their lines, mispronounce words, props fail, mistime their prompts, the stage fall apart, plenty of comedy falling down and just genuinely funny moments. You know that if your cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing that you have had a good time! I asked Eve for a quote for my review and she said “It was the best thing I have ever seen”. That says it all really doesn’t it!

The Play That Goes Wrong is showing at The New Theatre until Saturday 5th May 2018 and you can buy tickets here.

Mischief Theatre Company, the brilliant company behind this play are coming back to the New Theatre in October 2018 with The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Guess who definitely wants to see that?! You can read more about it and book tickets here.

Disclosure – we were gifted our tickets to the show for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.



  1. May 3, 2018 / 10:21 am

    My sister told me she had so much fun when she saw this show. What was your favourite part?

  2. May 3, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I have read about this, I have not been too clear on what this has been about, it sounds so fun! Anything that makes you cry whilst laughing is a winner for me!

  3. May 3, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    I have heard of this play before and it always sounds like it would be such an amazingly fun thing to watch! I am definitely going to have to keep an eye out to see if it comes out here.

  4. May 4, 2018 / 6:20 am

    I’ve seen this advertised in London for ages and I’ve been meaning to see it for a while, sounds like fun x

  5. May 4, 2018 / 10:52 am

    This sounds great! What a lovely thing to do together. Another friend of mine had recommended this play so it’s definitely on my list of must see things now! 🙂

  6. Dannii
    May 4, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    I was reading about this the other day and it sounds great. I really want to go to the theatre more.

  7. May 4, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    The Play That Goes Wrong sounds like a great show and we love kids that get to experience the sights and sounds of the theatre. Shame we aren’t nearer x

  8. glamglitzgloss
    May 5, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this play and I’d definitely love to go see it. Good to know about getting there early for the pre-show parts, glad you enjoyed it

  9. May 5, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I would have loved to see this – just missed it. I always think there’s something really special about the New Theatre. Part of my childhood!

  10. May 6, 2018 / 6:49 am

    Haha this sounds like so much fun x

  11. May 6, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I do love a good comedy but not seem one in theatre before so would be awesome to see it for sure. Sounds like you too had a lovely moment together

  12. May 7, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Sounds really entertaining! I haven’t been to a play in absolute ages so would love to see this

  13. simplysensationalfood
    May 8, 2018 / 7:06 am

    How lovely to be able to spend some quality time with your daughter and going to see this place. It sounds interesting and fun .

  14. May 8, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Mummy / daughter dates are fab and this sounds like a fun play to go and watch

    • May 9, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      I love taking the girls out one on one and this play was so much fun!

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