Ahead of the TV special A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, the show’s creators have revealed that Hollywood film director J.J. Abrams once appeared in one of their plays on Broadway and nobody noticed.
Jonathan Sayer – who founded the Mischief Theatre Company alongside Henry Lewis and Henry Shields after they left drama school – recalls that the Star Wars director appeared on stage in The Play That Goes Wrong.
He told RadioTimes.com: ‘There’s a little moment in act two (of The Play That Goes Wrong) where lots of different crew members get revealed – it’s a tiny blink and you’ll miss it moment – and he said “can I be in the background here?”
‘So there was one show but I don’t think anyone noticed that JJ Abrams appeared on Broadway. It never got picked up.’
If you’re wondering why Abrams was a crew member on the Broadway version of The Play That Goes Wrong, it’s because he co-produced the US version of the play, attending technical run-throughs and marketing meetings with the Mischief Theatre Company team.
The Hollywood film director stumbled across the play when he walked past the theatre during an afternoon off filming Star Wars at Pinewood Studios.
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Sayer says: ‘He had an unexpected evening off and he just went for a walk around London and passed our theatre and thought “Oh, that looks fun” and just bought a ticket, watched it himself.’
But the Mischief Theatre Company are focusing their energies on another creative outlet at the moment as their TV special A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is set to air on BBC One.
The one-off TV adaptation of the Dickens novel follows Peter Pan Goes Wrong which aired on TV screens last Christmas.
This special adaptation of the classic Christmas tale will see Derek Jacobi play the famous miser Ebenezer Scrooge in the BBC’s ‘professional’ production of A Christmas Carol – until it is hijacked by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and he is hauled out while on air.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong airs Saturday night at 7.10pm on BBC One.
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