Since its foundation in 1995 by Kenny Wax, the company has firmly established itself as a leading Producer and General Manager in the West End and regionally. Kenny is on the board of the Society of London Theatre, and is regularly featured in The Stage newspaper’s 100 most influential industry members.
When Kenny and co-producer Mark Bentley asked Mischief Theatre to redraft their one hour play into a full length entertainment, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG became one of the surprise hits of 2014. The show was toured to popular acclaim before transferring to the Duchess Theatre, where it has played for two outstanding years, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015. In addition to its continuing success in the West End, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG will take New York by storm when a Broadway transfer with the original cast opens in spring 2017. Next year the play will once again tour the UK, as well as bringing its unique comedy down under in an Australian tour.
Mischief Theatre’s second show, PETER PAN GOES WRONG opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in November 2014. It premiered in the West End at the Apollo Theatre for hugely successful 2015 Christmas run, and is set for a disastrous return this autumn. A television adaptation starring David Suchet has been filmed for a forthcoming BBC1 Christmas Special. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY, Mischief’s third production with the company opened to five star reviews at the Criterion Theatre in April 2016, and looks set to make the theatre its home for a long time to come.
In 2011, the company produced the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the 1935 classic film TOP HAT, which won the 2012 Evening Standard award for ‘Best Night Out’. From its seven nominations in 2013, TOP HAT picked up three Olivier Awards, including the coveted award for ‘Best New Musical’. The production toured the UK and internationally, packing out venues across the globe.
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd. has also had a hugely successful few years. Its collaborations with Tall Stories, such as THE GRUFFALO, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD and the Olivier Award nominated ROOM ON THE BROOM have continued to delight families up and down the country, on tour and in the West End. Sally Cookson’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s HETTY FEATHER was nominated for an Olivier award, and played for two seasons in the West End, as well as touring the UK. The production crossed the Atlantic in June 2016, playing to Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre.
On top of the touring success of THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, and WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD, the company is also producing a brand new family musical. MR POPPER’S PENGUINS premiered last year and will travel to the New Victory Theatre in New York this autumn, before opening on the West End for a Christmas run.
The company is a proud supporter of the charity KidsOut. Over the past few years, KidsOut have organised trips for hundreds of disadvantaged children to see our shows, including WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD, THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, HETTY FEATHER and PETER PAN GOES WRONG. Gala performances of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY have raised thousands of pounds for the charity.