In THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, It's Murder Strictly for Laughs

March 24, 2017

In ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ It’s Murder, Strictly for Laughs

By Michael Paulson
March 23, 2017

LONDON — The low point came one summer when Henry Lewis was working at a burger joint, Henry Shields at a pub and Jonathan Sayer at a call center.

They had been friends since acting school — so close, and so broke, that they were still living together several years later — but the improv comedy they had been perfecting just wasn’t drawing big enough crowds.

So at 2 a.m. one night after work they decided to try something different. Within a few weeks, they had banged out the script for a spare-no-sight-gag farce that has become an improbable long-running West End hit, spawning productions in Budapest, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul and now a transfer to Broadway, where it is backed in part by J. J. Abrams (the director of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), who is enthusiastically promoting the show.

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