Theatre worth traveling for! Specially commissioned The Masters of Mystery, a thrilling new 1920s-set adventure musical, receives its world premiere this month at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, where it runs from 19 to 21 October 2017 as part of this year’s Canterbury Festival. Watch our video of the 15-strong cast in rehearsal and hear some of the stunning new music by Donnelly & Maltby – then get booking!
England, 1926. Friends since birth, Lock and Doc have a gift for solving unusual crimes. On arriving in the town of Nottswood they find they are faced with their darkest challenge yet when strange occurrences grow ever more frequent as an evil presence slowly takes over the town. Mysterious figures are spotted in the streets, friends are disappearing and the threat of violence hangs heavy in the air. However, there is something these dark forces didn’t count on, the arrival of the self-styled Masters of Mystery…
Featuring a cast of 15, The Masters of Mystery is written by Donnelly & Maltby (composer Ethan Lewis Maltby and lyricist Jenna Donnelly), whose previous shows include The Battle of Boat (Rose Theatre, Kingston) for the National Youth Music Theatre and DrumChasers (International Tour), featuring narration by Stephen Fry.
The cast includes: Tony Brown, Rob Connor, Miriam Cooper, Amanda Harkett, Hollie Harris, Ania Kapsza, Fiona McGrory, Mollie King, Daniel Mack Shand, Ophelia Mancini, Damien Noyce, Ryan Price, Jessica Ratcliffe, Matt Trayler and Anthony Trott.
The Masters of Mystery is directed by Jessica Beck, with choreography by Cristian Valle, design by Lucky Bert, orchestrations by Ethan Lewis Maltby, lighting design by Neill Brinkworth, sound design by James Smith and musical supervision by Phil Hornsey.
This world premiere musical was commissioned by the Canterbury Festival, and is being supported by Arts Council England, the Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Christ Church University.
About Canterbury Festival
Canterbury Festival, running this year from 14 October to 4 November 2017, is Kent’s international arts festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.
The Festival attracts an audience of over 60,000 people of all ages to free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East. With over 200 events in two weeks, there is something to suit everyone from classical music to contemporary dance, and from comedy to world music with theatre, walks, talks, visual arts and much more. For the full 2017 festival programme, click here.