The Play That Goes Wrong

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields
Directed by Michelle Murphy & Rebecca McNall

Auditions for The Play That Goes Wrong will be held at ITOPA (88 Thames St. S. Ingersoll, Ontario) on Sunday, April 28th from 4-6pm and Monday, April 29th from 6-8pm.

This will be an open audition and will consist of a cold read from the script.

NOTE: This is a physically demanding show. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing, running, lifting, and/or falling. There is also a sword fight and some hand-to-hand combat.

From Mischief, Broadway masters of comedy, comes the smash hit farce. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

Six male-presenting and 2 female-presenting (flexible casting) characters to be filled:

  • ANNIE is the company’s stage manager
  • STAGE CREW, the Cornley Drama Society stage crew
  • TREVOR is the company’s lighting and sound operator
  • CHRIS is the head of the drama society, directed the play and plays Inspector Carter
  • JONATHAN plays Charles Haversham
  • ROBERT plays Thomas Colleymoore
  • DENNIS plays Perkins
  • MAX plays Cecil Haversham and Arthur the Gardener
  • SANDRA plays Florence Colleymoore


Rehearsals will be Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays and will begin in September. All cast members will be required to have their lines memorized prior to rehearsals.

Performers must be available for all performance dates: November 28th to December 1st, and December 5th to December 8th, 2024.

For questions, please contact the show’s directors:

Michelle Murphy (519-535-8368) | Rebecca McNall (519-421-5391).