Cast Announced for Award-Winning Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, October 15, 2019 – In a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play that started at a London fringe venue with only four paying members at the first performance, The Play That Goes Wrong has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world. The Olivier Award-winning Best New Comedy will make its Walton Arts Center debut for eight performances from November 12-17.

Tickets start at $32 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting Patrons also can get reserved parking for $7 when they purchase their show tickets.

Show producers recently announced the cast for the second year of the play’s U.S tour, which includes four Broadway alums. Jason Bowen will play Trevor, the role he played on Broadway; and Michael Thatcher will return to the role of Robert that he played on Broadway and for the first leg of the national tour.

Todd Buonopane will play Dennis. Buonopane’s credits include the Broadway productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Cinderella and several appearances on NBC’s “30 Rock” as Jeffrey Weinerslav. Jacqueline Jarrold will play Sandra. Jarrold made her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Cherry Orchard.

Chris French will play Jonathan, Bianca Horn as Annie, Chris Lanceley as Chris and Adam Petherbridge as Max. Rounding out the ensemble are Brock Bivens, Shelley Fort, Jemma Jane and Conor Seamus Moroney.

"We could not have dreamed of a more enthusiastic response from audiences around the country for The Play That Goes Wrong, so we are thrilled to continue filling theaters with laughter and spreading Mischief (Theatre) across America for another year," said producer Kevin McCollum.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre Company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theater. The play introduces The Cornley University Drama Society who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests everything that can go wrong...does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong "Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium." The Huffington Post calls it "The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!" And The New York Post says it's "Broadway's funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO."

Show Times:  

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 and 7 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 and 8 pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 pm

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit