Magic Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong and Groan Ups announce new tours

Mischief has announced a trio of new tours for their productions this summer.

Magic Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong and Groan Ups will all be hitting the road soon.

Direct from the West End, Magic Goes Wrong will open its first UK tour at Curve, Leicester on 16 July.

Created with magic legends Penn & Teller, Magic Goes Wrong, follows a hapless gang of magicians as they stage an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. As the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target!

The show premiered in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre in December 2019, where it is set to resume performances this October. Written by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller, the show is directed by Adam Meggido.

Mischief’s original box office hit, The Play That Goes Wrong, will return for its fourth UK tour, opening where it first premiered in 2014 at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on 13 July.

Winning multiple awards including a Tony and the Olivier award for Best New Comedy, the show follows an amateur dramatics society as they attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery, but as the calamity prone thesps battle to reach their final curtain call, everything that can go wrong… does! Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields with original direction by Mark Bell, the touring production is directed by Sean Turner.

Finally their West End comedy, Groan Ups, will open at Theatre Royal Bath on 12 August.

Groan Ups is a comedy all about growing up. Following an unruly classroom of six year-olds as they journey through anarchic teenage life, through to adulthood, this comedy asks the real questions – do we choose who we become? Is the story of our lives already written? Do we ever really grow up?

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the show is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward and this will be its first UK tour.

All three productions will tour through autumn 2021 into 2022 with casting to be announced.

Producer Kenny Wax said: “Our priority over the past year has been to help kick start the industry in any way we can and we’re delighted to be mounting three Mischief shows on tour, working together with the regional venues to welcome audiences back into theatres nationwide.

“We hope to provide much needed work to the many actors, stage managers, technicians and creatives who make up our freelance workforce, many of whom have not had paid work since last March.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.