Performance Photos by Errich Petersen: THE (ONE-ACT) PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, by Austin Playhouse

(Performance photos by Errich Petersen)


The (One-Act) Play That Goes Wrong is a hilarious new farce following the cast and crew of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they put on their latest production The Murder at Haversham Manor, a 1920’s murder mystery play that is destined to be their best show yet! But throughout the show, the company faces twists and turns when the murder victim can’t seem to stay dead, the set turns out to be less than stable and the stage manager finds herself thrust into the spotlight.

Long-time Austin Playhouse company member Ben Wolfe, recently appointed associate artistic director, directs the season opener The (One-Act) Play that Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer. Wolfe says, “After over two years of pivoting, rescheduling, and having just about everything that could go wrong in the theatre world happen, we're leaning into that chaos and having fun with this play where absolutely everything is a disaster!”

Originally premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London 2012 under the title The Murder Before Christmas, this one-act version of Mischief Theatre’s world-famous play was expanded to a two-act version in 2014 and opened on Broadway in 2017.

Other design team members behind making sure that The (One-Act) Play That Goes Wrong goes right include Buffy Manners as costume designer, Mike Toner as set designer, Mark Novick as lighting designer, Robert S. Fisher as sound designer, Tobie Minor as fight choreographer, and Barry Miller as stage manager.

The (One-Act) Play that Goes Wrong
by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
Austin Playhouse

November 18 - December 18, 2022
Austin Playhouse West Campus
405 W. 22nd Street
Austin, TX, 78705


November 18–December 18, 2022

Austin Playhouse (new West Campus location) | 405 West 22nd | Austin TX 78705

Tickets are $32-38 at

Pick-Your-Price Thursdays and Half-Price Student Tickets

Free street parking is available. Paid parking is conveniently located across the street in the Callaway House Parking Garage.