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Star casting revealed for the world premiere of Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at Park Theatre

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN THE first glimpse of Park Theatre’s new season, the theatre has revealed initial star casting for the world premiere of the murder mystery Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]. Presented in association with Avalon, performances for this special fundraising run will begin on July 15 and end on July 27, 2019.

It will subsequently play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from July 31 to August, 26, with guests still to be announced.

Every night, a different guest performer will step onstage to join the rehearsed ensemble of a scripted murder mystery play, having attended no rehearsals, read no script, nor received any direction. Armed only with a hidden earpiece to receive instructions, they will endeavour to solve the crime in real time.

An isolated manor, a storm brewing and a stranger at the door. The clichés flow as freely as the suspicious liquor in the library, but this murder mystery spoof has one hell of a twist.

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] not only features the voices of Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench (as Narrators), but also a different celebrity in each performance stepping in as the Inspector, without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script.

Guests at Park Theatre, including Clive Anderson, Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Tim Vine and Ruby Wax, will all have their lines fed to them live on stage via an earpiece as they attempt to crack the case, avoid the furniture and stagger their way to justice.

More guest performers for Park Theatre are yet to be announced.

All guest actors are kindly donating their time to support this special fundraising run, so every penny raised will go towards keeping Park Theatre inclusive and accessible for all. The line up is subject to last minute change, and audiences will only discover which VIP stars in each performance when they appear onstage.

Artistic Director, Jez Bond, said: “We’re very fortunate that the leading actors in our country understand the power and importance of smaller scale theatres and the challenges they face. Performing across the run are a mixture of those who’ve supported us since the building was a hard-hat site and those who’ve come to know us more recently. I am grateful to everyone who has donated their time to help raise vital funds by performing this show – and am thrilled they’re so up for it!”

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: Standard £44 – £85, standing room £10 (released at 10am daily). To book, call 020 7870 6876 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Also at Park Theatre: the UK premiere of Alexis Michalik’s latest play Intra Muros, starring Che Walker, Summer Strallen and Rio Kai (April 3 to May 4) and the world premiere production of political satire Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough (April 24 to May 18, 2019).