PHOTO CALL: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Hits Landmark 1,000th Stage Death at the Walter Kerr

By Krissie Fullerton
11 Mar 2014

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder announced at a press event on Wednesday, March 5 that the production has reached a landmark 1000th on-stage death of its leading man, Jefferson Mays.



Jefferson Mays, who portrays eight members of the D'Ysquith clan, is killed eight times in each performance - or sixty-four times per week. As a result, Mays has reached 1000 stage deaths faster than any lead actor in Broadway history.

At the press event, Mays' co-star Bryce Pinkham presented Mays with an honorary "Death Certificate" on behalf of the entire cast.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is described by press notes as follows: "Monty Navarro (Pinkham) has just received some really great news from his late mother’s lifelong friend Miss Shingle (Carr). He’s a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst! There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious, highborn gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (O'Hare) (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (Worsham) (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), plus the constant threat of landing behind bars! But it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle…and be done in time for tea. Each of the eight heirs perilously standing in the way of Monty’s fortune are played by Jefferson Mays in a performance the New York Times calls "brilliant" and says "deserves to be immortalized in Broadway lore.”

Here's a look at the event:

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Bryce Pinkham and Jefferson Mays


For more information, please visit AGentlemansGuideBroadway.com.