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The follow-up to The Play That Goes Wrong plays the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Matthew Cavendish, Harry Kershaw, Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Lewis Jeremy Daniel

The reviews are rolling in for Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 19 after beginning previews March 17. 

A follow-up to The Play That Goes Wrong again written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees the Cornley Drama Society back to present another play‚ J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, with yet more technical misfires. The work made its world premiere at London's Pleasance Theatre in 2013 and its West End debut in 2015 following a U.K. tour. The play was adapted as a TV special for BBC One in 2016, and made its North American premiere in 2022 at Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada.

The Broadway bow features original U.K. cast members Henry Lewis as Robert, Jonathan Sayer as Dennis (beginning April 30), Henry Shields as Chris, Chris Leask as Trevor, Ellie Morris as Lucy, Charlie Russell as Sandra, Greg Tannahill as Jonathan, and Nancy Zamit as Annie. They are joined by Matthew Cavendish as Max, and Bianca Horn as Jill. The company is rounded out by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Stephen James Anthony, Fred Gray, and Brenann Stacker. Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris opens the show are the production's narrator, Francis, with his limited run to continue through April 30.

Read the reviews here.

amNY (Matt Windman)

CitiTour NY (Brian Lipton)

Chicago Tribute (Chris Jones)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)*

New York Daily News

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

New York Stage Review (Steven Suskin, David Finkle)

The New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

The Observer (David Cote)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

TimeOut (Adam Feldman)

Vulture (Jackson McHenry)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The Broadway run reunites the work's original creative team, led by director Adam Meggido and including scenic designer Simon Scullion, costume designer Roberto Surace, lighting designer Matt Haskins, sound designer Ella Wahlström, and co-composers Richard Baker and Rob Falconer. The Broadway bow is being produced by Kevin McCollum, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence, and Catherine Schreiber.

Since Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Mischief has mostly relegated its Goes Wrong entries to the small screen. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong aired on BBC One in 2017, followed by an 11-part series The Goes Wrong Show that aired in 2019 and 2021. A 2020 Christmas special, also on the BBC, saw the Cornley Dramatic Society stage the Nativity.


See newly released production shots below:

Look at Photos of Neil Patrick Harris and the Cast of Broadway's Peter Pan Goes Wrong

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