Get ready to play detective, as one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in British literature has been transformed into a musical extravaganza!
Mad Props Theatre, the group who brought you a 5 star production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the West of Scotland amateur premiere of Broadway smash Avenue Q, are back to offer their take on the murder mystery musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The theatre company, who are well known for bringing niche shows to Glasgow’s Am-Dram scene, are once again stepping outside of the box and putting on a show that gives the audience the power to decide the ending… from over 300 possible scenarios!
Set in 1892, the story follows a group of eccentric actors putting on a show that aims to finally solve one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time – who killed Edwin Drood?!
This show within a show offers a multitude of show stopping musical numbers, outrageous Victorian hairstyles and an array of camp characters – one of whom is responsible for the murder of Edwin Drood, and it is up to you to decide who this is. The audience also have the task of assigning who play the lovers and the detective; will it be the heretical choirmaster Mr John Jasper? The bumbling Rev. Mr. Crisparkle? The tempestuous Landless twins? Or, the enigmatic opium madam, the Princess Puffer?
However, Mad Props is not just a Theatre Company. A percentage of profits generated from The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be donated to Bloodwise (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research). The company has already managed to raise over £4,000 since its inaugural production in 2013, and has received the support of Calendar Girls composer Tim Firth and Fresh Meat star Greg McHugh.
The production is also supported by a University of Glasgow New Initiatives Grant – and a team of researchers will be presenting an exhibition on Dickens, Drood, and the Victorian music hall.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood will run from 18th – 21st November (including a Saturday matinee) at Websters Theatre in Kelvinbridge.