The Mystery of Irma Vep

DOWNTON ABBEY AND THE TWILIGHT SAGA COLLIDE IN THE SPOOF,

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

FOR JOHANNESBURG AND CAPE TOWN

Starring                                  Jonathan Roxmouth & Weslee Swain Lauder

Presented by                        VR Theatrical at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Johannesburg and Theatre On The Bay, Cape Town

Conceived and written by Charles Ludlam

Directed by                           Elizma Badenhorst

Original Score by                  Wessel Odendaal

Wardrobe design by           Pierre du Plessis

Scenic design by                   Nadine Minnaar

Lighting design by                Oliver Hauser

On a remote manor called Mandacrest, something is amiss. Between the horrors of a marauding beast terrorizing the estate and the looming presence of the recently deceased former mistress Irma Vep, matters become awkward in the extreme for the Lord Edgar and his new wife, Lady Enid.

In this side-splitting comedy, all the residents of the Mandacrest estate travel from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again, encountering along their way a host of vampires, werewolves, mummies and all manner of things that go bump in the night.  With Gothic plot turns thrown out like thumbtacks on the road and a stage packed full of outrageous sets and costumes, Irma Vep is a visual feast that will have you in stitches right up until the final twist.

Even more bizarre than the cast of characters in this deliciously retro ‘whodunnit?’ is the fact that all of these lunatics, beasts, ghouls and gentlefolk are played by only two actors! The lightning-witted Jonathan Roxmouth and the inimitable Weslee Swain Lauder are to be seen (in dresses, ahem) to be believed in what is often referred to as a quick change act!

The production will be on the boards at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 5 – 30 July and at Theatre On The Bay from 2 – 19 August.  Bookings through Computicket.

“As
I watched The Mystery of Irma Vep, Ludlam’s great spoof of Dracula, Wuthering Heights, The Wolfman, Gaslight, The Mummy, and many more, I find myself screaming often, not in terror but with laughter!”

– THE NEW YORK TIMES

“I sometimes think that the Ridiculous is the only serious theatre. After all, everywhere you look in this world there’s something that’s ridiculous. It’s important to help people see that. I often think all theatre is ridiculous, but we’re willing to admit it.”

– CHARLES LUDLAM, FROM ‘CONFESSIONS OF A FARCEUR