In 2012, three new graduates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) co-wrote their first play and staged it at the Old Red Lion pub theatre in north London, playing to an audience of 12 at their first performance.
Four years on, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields are the youngest writers to have had three plays running simultaneously in the West End: The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrongand The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. What’s more, the trio has performed in all three productions.
Now, they’ve returned to the play that started it all, The Play That Goes Wrong, to perform in a season on Broadway. The West End production is “stumbling through its catastrophic third year” as the tongue-in-cheek marketing puts it, and a touring production is traversing the UK.
Meanwhile, an Australian production, with an Australian cast including Brooke Satchwell and Luke Joslin, has just opened in Melbourne at the start of a national tour.
Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wronghas certainly gone spectacularly right for its creators. “It’s been a wonderful...