The Play That Goes Wrong

Play Guide

by Brian Coats, Education Programs Associate

NOTE: This Play Guide may contain mild spoilers about the story of the show. If you like to be completely surprised by the play, you may wish to wait until after seeing it to read the Play Guide.


March 13 – April 7, 2019



Who's Who?

Jonathan Harris: plays the deceased, Charles Haversham, in the The Murder at Haversham Manor.

Chris Bean: the hard-working head of the Cornley Drama Society who also directs and appears in the performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor as Inspector Carter.

Robert Grove: a three-year member of the Cornley Drama Society and highly serious actor playing Thomas Colleymoore, Charles Haversham’s friend from school.

Dennis Tyme: plays Perkins, Charles Haversham’s butler

Max Bennett: a human geography and crime major at Cornley University who pulls double-duty as Cecil Haversham, the brother to Charles Haversham, and Arthur the Gardener.

Sandra Wilkinson: a long-time member of the Cornley Drama Society who plays Florence Colleymoore, Thomas Colleymoore’s sister.

Annie Twilloil: the stage manager who also built the set for the performance.

Trevor Watson: the company’s lighting and sound operator who is only working with the Drama Society for a course credit.

What's the Story?

It is opening night of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor, an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery drama. The stage is set and the actors are prepared, but not everything goes exactly according to plan. However, the show must go on, as they say, and the ensemble of actors will stop at nothing to tell their story. Even in the face of falling sets, unconscious co-stars, poison props, and forgotten dialogue, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is determined to solve the “whodunit” and reach their ending bows.

Mischief Theatre History

Click below to expand and view the full history of Mischief Theatre, the troupe behind The Play That Goes Wrong and its many spinoffs!