The Park Theatre has confirmedinitial star casting for their World Premiere murder mysteryWhodunnit [Unrehearsed], playing at the venue from the 15th to the 27th July.

Every night during the show’s run step onstage to join the rehearsed ensemble of a scripted murder mystery play, having attended no rehearsals, read no script, nor received any direction. Armed only with a hidden earpiece to receive instructions, they will attempt to solve the crime in real time.

An isolated manor, a storm brewing and a stranger at the door. The clichés flow as freely as the suspicious liquor in the library, but this murder mystery spoof has one hell of a twist.

Not only will the show feature the voices of Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench,  a different celebrity will feature in each performance stepping in as the Inspector, without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script. The celebrities in the line up include: 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.

All guest actors are kindly donating their time to support this special fundraising run, so every penny raised will go towards keeping Park Theatre inclusive and accessible for everyone. The line up is subject to last minute change, with audiences only discovering which celebrity taking to the stage during each performance when they appear onstage.

Talking about being involved, Gillian Anderson said: “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.”

After its run at the Park Theatre, Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will transfer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh guests are yet to be announced.

Whodunnit (Unrehearsed) will play at the Park Theatre from the 15th to the 27th July.