A host of stars from the stage and screen will take part in the Park Theatre’s world premiere of the murder mystery Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], which will be presented July 15–27.
Every night, a different guest performer will step onstage to join the rehearsed ensemble of the scripted murder mystery, having attended no rehearsals. With a hidden earpiece to receive instructions, each actor will attempt to solve the crime in real time.
Currently scheduled to perform without having seen the script are 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. The production will also feature the recorded voices of narrators Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.
All guest actors are donating their time to support this fundraising run to keep Park Theatre inclusive and accessible for all.
After a two-week run at Park Theatre, Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will transfer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh guests are yet to be announced.
Anderson said in a statement, “I’m performing at Park Theatre to help raise funds for the charity. 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. A number of £10 day tickets will also be available. I do hope people will come and enjoy, and reap the benefit of supporting this fantastic cause.”
Off-Broadway’s Nassim employs a similar routine—a rotating roster of actors who do not see the script until the performance begins. Check out photos from opening night below.