New ‘Death Drop’ casting announced for West End return
RuPaul’s Drag Race queens Willam and Latrice Royale, as well as Britain’s Got Talent's Myra DuBois take centre stage.
UPDATE: RuPaul's Drag Race's Courtney Act will return to Death Drop for the final four performances. Death Drop is at the Garrick Theatre to 11 July.
Ahead of Death Drop’s reopening at the Garrick Theatre, new casting has been announced. Two RuPaul’s Drag Race queens will make their West End debuts in the production, with Death Drop performances from 19 May - 11 July.
Willam will star in Death Drop, previously competing in season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race and making history as the first contestant to be disqualified from the competition. Since Drag Race, they’ve appeared in A Star is Born and The Kominsky Method.
Ahead of their West End debut, Willam said: "I’m excited to be in the West End with my breast friend Latrice Royale in Death Drop, a spectacular drag musical murder mystery. No spoilers please (I DID IT)."
Latrice Royale joins the Death Drop cast, also finding fame in season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race. They've also taken part in two Drag Race All Stars series, as well as appearing in documentaries alongside other drag queens.
"I cannot WAIT to be making my debut on London’s West End in Death Drop!" said Royale, continuing that "this is just beyond any dream I could have even conceived of when I was a boy in Compton, California... To get to come out of an entire year in lockdown and step into such a major production is a very welcome change. It gives me hope that the world is going to get back to “normal” and when I can finally get on a stage again, I’m gonna tear it up!"
After reaching the semi finals in Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Myra DuBois also stars. DuBois is also in the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film, which has had its cinematic release postponed. LoUis CYfer, Anna Phylactic and Holly Stars will reprise their co-starring roles from 2020 performances.
Set in the early 1990s, Death Drop is a “Dragatha Christie murder mystery”, which sees a group of drag queens congregate for a dinner party. As the guests reveal their pasts, the surviving guests have to decipher the murderer in their midsts.
In a review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Ava Wong Davies said: “the self-described “Dragatha Christie Murder Mystery” is a glitzy [affair]... the plot is playful and can be delightfully silly at times”.
Death Drop tickets are on sale now.
Photo credit: Original London cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)