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The Play What I Wrote

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The sensationally funny homage to Morecambe and Wise…

When The Play What I Wrote opened in London’s West End, originally directed by Kenneth Branagh, every single review was a rave, every show a sell-out and it won every major theatre award. The Sunday Times called it “a triumph” and The Observer said “audiences weep with laughter”. Now a brand new production directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director Sean Foley and co-written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben will be bringing sunshine to Birmingham this Christmas.

‘Thom’ has written a play, an epic set in the French Revolution called ‘A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple’. ‘Dennis’, on the other hand, wants to continue with their double act. He believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Thom’s confidence will be restored and the double act will go on. But first Dennis needs to persuade a guest star to appear in the play what Thom wrote…

With a mystery guest star at every performance, this is “one of the most delightful stage shows of the 21st century” (The Telegraph) and “pure comic sunshine” (Daily Mail).

Previous mystery guest stars have included Tom Hiddleston, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Joanna Lumley, Daniel Radcliffe, Kylie Minogue, Nigel Havers, Jerry Hall, Sir Ian McKellen, Dawn French and Sting.


From £10


By Hamish McColl and Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben

Presented by Birmingham Rep in association with David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions

Running time

90 minutes + 20 minute interval

BSL Interpreted Performances

Thu 9 Dec, 2:30pm, Sat 11 Dec, 2:30pm

Socially Distanced Performances

Mon 29 Nov, 7:30pm, Wed 1 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 2 Dec, 2:30pm, Tue 7 Dec, 7:30pm, Wed 8 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 9 Dec, 2:30pm, Tue 14 Dec, 7.30pm, Wed 15 Dec, 7.30pm and Thu 16 Dec, 7.30pm, Mon 20 Dec, 7:30pm, Wed 22 Dec, 2:30pm, Mon 27 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 30 Dec, 2:30pm


Audio Described Performances

Wed 29 Dec, 7:30pm, Thu 30 Dec 2:30pm

Captioned Performances

Tue 28 Dec, 2:30pm, Thu 16 Dec, 7:30pm

Trigger Warning

Please note that performances will include a simulated noise of a gunshot.

Post Show Discussion

Wed 08 Dec

Recommended Ages


Fees and Charges

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Teachers pack

Download the resource pack here


One of the most delightful stage comedy shows of the 21st century – you’ll laugh your head off” The Telegraph


An avalanche of laughs. Laughing so long and so loudly felt as energising and cleansing as going to the gym” The Guardian


Pure comic sunshine” The Daily Mail


Prepare to be enchanted” The Times


A pleasure to watch” What’s On Stage


Pure nostalgia” The Stage


Splendidly raucous. And brilliant. And engaging. And exceptional” What’s On


Audience reactions

The Cast

The Creative Team



Associate Director

Allison Coyne

Assistant Director

Alice Chambers

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Clive Meldrum

Production Manager

Paul Hennessy

Musical Director

Steve Parry


Ian West

Props Supervisor

Robin Morgan

Casting Director


David Pugh


Theatre Royal Bath Productions

Hall Of Fame

These have been our brilliant Guest Stars so far. Who will you see?

Keith Allen Guest Starts in The Play What I Wrote

Photo credit, Peter Lindbergh

Photo credit, Sue Lacey

Photo credit, John Carey

Photo credit, Claire Grogan

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