The Play That Goes Wrong

Full cast and creative team announced

What has been called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” by HuffPost is coming to The Charlottetown Festival this summer. 

Playing at Sobey Family Theatre, the Centre’s mainstage, The Play That Goes Wrong is a smash-hit comedy that has taken over Broadway and London’s West End. The Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python production is a play within a play, telling the story of a failing theatre troupe trying to put on a murder mystery. 

The show is set during the opening night of the fictitious play The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), this masterpiece of malfunction is sure to bring down the house. The Play That Goes Wrong has garnered rave reviews from around the world, with HuffPost calling it, “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen.” 

The Centre previously announced that Islanders Graham Putnam, Aaron Ryder and Dawn Ward-Dames will be starring in the show. Festival alumni Jay Davis, Jeremy Legat and Sweeney MacArthur are set to join them. Cast members making their Festival debut include Jamie McRoberts and Julius Sermonia. 

The play is directed by Herbie Barnes, an accomplished playwright, performer, director and arts educator whose 30-year-career spans stages across North America. He is currently the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre in Toronto. 

“I am thrilled to be coming to Charlottetown to work with this group of talented and hilarious artists,” he says. “This is theatre at its finest, what could possibly go wrong?” 

The Play That Goes Wrong run from June 14–September 23. To celebrate Father’s Day, patrons can get 35 percent off Tier 2 and 3 tickets for performances from June 15–July 8. The sale runs June 15–17 through the Centre’s box office. Tickets can be purchased in-person, via phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online using the code fathersday23. This discount is valid on new purchases only and does not apply to opening night or preview performances.