Theatre Preview: The Mystery of Irma Vep, 20 February – 14 March, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

27 Jan

Fans of gothic-horror-comedy-romance (and who isn’t a gothic-horror-comedy-romance fan at heart?) should be prepared for the fright of their life as Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre stages The Mystery of Irma Vep from Friday 20 February until Saturday 14 March.

Subtitled A Penny Dreadful, the play is described as “a fast-paced and wickedly funny parody of the gothic horror and romance genre, mixing in references to a whole host of novels and films, from Rebecca and The Hound of the Baskervilles to The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula.”

Lord Edgar Hillcrest has happily re-married after the violent death of his first wife, Irma. But her memory still lingers in the house, as does the mystery of the demise of their son Victor at the hands of a suspected werewolf (also named Victor).

What hope does the new Lady Hillcrest have of shaking off the curse of Mandacrest when her husband returns from Cairo with an ancient mummy in tow?

Steven McNicoll (Trumpets and Raspberries) return to the theatre while Andy Gray (The Dogstar) co-stars.

Visit the Lyceum Theatre website for all the gory details.

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