Get Up-Close With the Props Behind the Mayhem of The Play That Goes Wrong

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See how the show stays upright while everything else goes wrong.
Marc J. Franklin

The Play That Goes Wrong, a comedy about an amateur production of a murder mystery that goes hopelessly awry; featuring falling set pieces, sticking doors, missed cues, and more, is full of things that are more than meets the eye.

We went behind the scenes to get an up-close look at the props used in the show, complete with in-depth details from creator and original West End and Broadway star Henry Lewis.

“One of the most important things has been to create a space that looks wonderful, so that when it all goes wrong and falls apart, there's a greater distance to go,” Lewis explains. With 120 props, a lot of work also goes into maintaining them, especially in such a physical show. “Props are dropped and banged so there's a fair amount of repairs and replacements going on all the time.”

Flip through the gallery below to see the props up close, how they are stored backstage, and how they were chosen and created for the show:

The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell and features set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson, and costume design by Roberto Surace.

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