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Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at Park Theatre

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at Park Theatre

Gillian Anderson, Damian Lewis, Jim Broadbent & more stars in Whodunnit (Unrehearsed)

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 2 April 2019, Last Updated 2 April 2019

The Park Theatre have unveiled star-studded casting for their ingenious new play Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], which will see completely unprepared guest stars attempt to solve a murder mystery in real time, armed only with an earpiece to receive lines and instructions. And it’s the kind of line-up that you’d kill to see on stage: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Damian Lewis – and more!

Also starring in Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at the Park Theatre will be Clive Anderson, John Bishop, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Tim Vine and Ruby Wax. They’ll all perform alongside a fully rehearsed ensemble cast, having themselves attended no rehearsals or read any script.

Along with a starry lead, Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will feature the voices of Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench, proving itself to be the ultimate murder mystery spoof… with a twist.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic (Photo: Johan Persson)Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic (Photo: Johan Persson)

Damian Lewis (Martin) in rehearsal for The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Photo: Johan Persson)Damian Lewis (Martin) in rehearsal for The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Photo: Johan Persson)

The stars are coming together to donate their time to raise funds for the Park Theatre. As Gillian Anderson explained, “With no public subsidy, they need to fundraise over £250,000 a year just to keep the doors open. The monies raised from this production’s higher ticket prices will support their core ambition to present accessible theatre over the coming years and to further their work with the local community.”

Tim Vine added, “I’m really looking forward to this unique theatrical experience. To be honest, I’m often on stage with no idea what I’m supposed to be doing and a strange voice in my head, so this ought to be a piece of cake.”

Audience members can also enter a Cameo Role Ballot to donate extra funds, with the chance to perform on stage with the mystery guest on offer.

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will play at the Park Theatre from 15 July – 27 July, after which it will subsequently transfer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (with guest performers yet to be announced).

Tickets are available via the Park Theatre website.


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