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The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which has been playing at the Landor Theatre, a fringe venue in Clapham, south London, from 11 April to 5 May, is to transfer to the West End's Arts Theatre, opening 22 May 2012, following previews from 18 May - running to 17 June 2012.
It has music, lyrics & book by Rupert Holmes. Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.
Directed by Matthew Gould, and stars former Coronation Street's (Cilla Battersby-Brown) Wendi Peters as 'Princess Puffer'. The cast also features Natalie Day (Rosa Budd), Daniel Robinson (John Jasper); Victoria Farley (Rosa Budd), Loula Geater (Helena Landlass), David Francis (Neville Landlass), Denis Delahunt (Chairman), Richard Stirling (Reverend Crisparkle), Oliver Mawdsley (Horace), Paul Hutton (Durdles), Tom Pepper (Deputy), Ben Goffe (Harry Sayle), Chris Coleman.
The story follows the exploits of the Theatre Royale Music Hall Company. Set against the backdrop of the Great British traditions of Music Hall and Pantomime, the Theatre Royale actors set about completing the story of Edwin Drood – with just a little help from the audience along the way.
It is designed by Natasha Piper, lighting by Maria Kearney, costumes by Jean Gray. Musical Direction is by James Cleeve with orchestrations by Tony Osborne.