Mischief Theatre, the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in the West End, are bringing brand-new A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong to the small screen, it has been announced.
After last year’s hilarious Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning company return to BBC One this Christmas with their take on Dickens’ famous festive fable.
Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are not taking their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a ‘live’ production of A Christmas Carol staged by a professional cast.
The next hour will find the Cornley gang trying to make the show work on ‘live’ television as they soon realise they are completely out of their depth with no idea how to direct a live studio or handle special effects and are having their own internal rivalries revealed on television. Plus, there’s an angry professional cast trying to get back into the studio.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong will feature the Mischief Theatre Company fresh from bringing their triumph The Play That Goes Wrong to Broadway, plus a bunch of soon-to-be-announced guest stars.
It’s been written for the BBC by the Mischief Theatre Company’s Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and promises to be an hour of Christmassy anarchy for the whole family.
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC said: “This promises to be a viewing treat for all the family as the Dickens classic gets the full Mischief treatment. Expect chaos and a shambles from start to finish, a bit like most people’s experience of Christmas itself.”
While Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios, said: “It’s going to be terrible. I can’t wait to see it.”
— Mischief Theatre (@mischiefcomedy) November 13, 2017
Mischief Theatre Artistic Director, Henry Lewis, mentioned that they’re “absolutely thrilled to be back on the BBC this Christmas, but it is regrettable the BBC don’t know it yet”.
The company are also presenting their new improvised show Mischief Movie Night at the Arts Theatre from 13th December, with tickets available HERE.
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