Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of A Killer Party which will be released as a series of nine episodes to watch on-demand. The dates have now changed from the previous announcement to 26 April to 23 May 2020.
The cast includes Oscar Conlon-Morrey as Shea Crescendo, Debbie Kurup as Vivika Orsonwelles, comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford as Varthur McArthur, Cedric Neal as George Murderer, Amara Okareke as Lily Wright, Lucas Rush as Clarke Staples, Emma Salvo as Justine Case, Ashley Samuels as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Harriet Thorpe as Detective Case and Rachel Tucker as Joan McArthur.
Fuelled by a contemporary pop score, the musical will be available to watch on stream.theatre. A Killer Party was a hit in the US last year, where it was written and developed in response to the closure of theatres. Filmed entirely in each artist’s home, viewers are invited to experience the joy of theatre in an entirely new way.
The show has been adapted for UK audiences and will be directed by Benji Sperring with a book by Rachel Axler and Kait Kerrigan, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. The show is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Tanisha Spring for Blue Mahoe Productions and Ilai Szpiezak for Upstage Creative.
When Varthur McArthur, failed West End actor and current artistic director of Blackpool’s smallest regional theatre, calls a read-through for his latest murder mystery play, the cast of local actors arrive at the party with anything but theatre on their minds. But when Varthur ends up face down in his soup (a gluten-free cheese bisque), it’s up to Traffic-Police-Officer- turned-Detective Justine Case to piece together what happened. If only the ensemble of suspects would stop singing…