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Ian Hallard and Ciarán Owens to star in Tumulus at Soho Theatre

Ian Hallard and Ciarán Owens

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IAN Hallard (The Boys in the Band, Vaudeville and Park Theatre) and Ciarán Owens (Candide, RSC) are to star in the transfer to Soho Theatre of Christopher Adams’ play, Tumulus.

A fast-paced noir-style murder mystery thriller set against the backdrop of London’s gay scene, it runs from April 16 to May 4, 2019.

When Anthony’s one-night stand is found dead on Hampstead Heath, everyone assumes that he is another casualty of London’s chemsex culture. When a second body is discovered, Anthony suspects foul play and is thrust into a heart-pounding journey to uncover the truth.

Described as a sharp and witty modern thriller, Tumulus has all of the ingredients of a nail-biting murder mystery – a troubled detective, lying witnesses, spurned lovers and red-herrings. Three actors play over 40 roles between them, creating digitally generated voices and orchestrating live foley sound effects.

Produced by Paul Casey Productions and Outside Edge Theatre Company and inspired by a true story, Tumulus is directed by Matt Steinberg.

The original production was Winner of an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at VAULT 2018, where it received multiple 4-star reviews and sell-out performances.

There will be post show discussions on Saturday, April 20 and 27 at 4pm presented in association with world-leading sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street and Outside Edge Theatre Company, the UK’s only theatre company focused on substance use and addiction.

NB: Tumulus contains sexual and drug references and is therefore suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: Previews from £11; other performances from £16. To book, call the box office on 020 7478 0100 or visit

Also at Soho Theatre: Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist (March 19 to March 23, 2019).