A Killer Party online musical series UK premiere announced

A premiere UK production of A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical is to stream online.

The nine-part musical series was previously produced online in the US during lockdown and proved a huge hit.

A British version is now on its way, streaming online via stream.theatre between 3 – 30 May with tickets priced at £25 for the whole series or £2.99 for individual episodes.

The cast will feature Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar, Elf The Musical), Oscar Conlon Morrey (Only Fools and Horses, Nativity The Musical) as Shea Crescendo, Debbie Kurup (The Prince of Egypt, Sweet Charity) as Vivika Orsonwelles, renowned comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford (Curtains, Sweeney Todd, The Producers) as Varthur McArthur and Cedric Neal (The Voice, Motown The Musical) as George Murderer.

They’re joined by Amara Okereke (Les Misérables, The Boyfriend) as Lily Wright, Lucas Rush (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Les Misérables) as Clarke Staples, Emma Salvo (Come From Away, The Toxic Avenger) as Justine Case, Ashley Samuels (Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon) as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Harriet Thorpe (Wicked, Les Misérables) as Detective Case and Rachel Tucker (Come From Away, Songs From a New World) as Joan McArthur.

The piece features music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Kait Kerrigan and Rachel Axler. It will be directed by Benji Sperring with musical supervision by Nick Barstow, design by Zahra Mansouri, cinematograph by Click Boom and casting by Jane Deitch.

A synopsis of the musical shares: “When Varthur McArthur (yes, that’s his real name), 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, thanks for asking), 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…”

For now you can watch a first teaser trailer below…

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.