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Immersive murder mystery theatre arrives at Charlton House & Gardens

25 July 2022

Play Dead London will invite guests to interrogate suspects and solve the crime at a 1920s whodunnit inspired by Charlton House’s history

CHARLTON, ROYAL GREENWICH – An elegant 1920s setting. Well-to-do hosts. Fizz on the pour. And… shady characters prowling? It sounds like a murder mystery just may be afoot at Charlton House & Gardens.

Play Dead London, the U.K.’s leading immersive murder mystery production company, is visiting one of London’s best remaining Jacobean homes for the first time. The debut collaboration, MURDER! at Charlton House, is a guaranteed recipe for a fun night out in southeast London. Characters plucked directly from the roaring ‘20s will mystify and entertain in this interactive production, based in the House’s 19th century Old Library. This premiere event takes place on Saturday 6th August 2022, starting with drinks at 7:30pm and the main action at 8:30pm, with tickets priced at £25 for the experience and a glass of fizz (or a non-alcoholic equivalent). There’s a 10% discount for groups of 10 people. Tickets are available now via Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust’s website.

What’s the story?

Lord and Lady Mulberry have requested the pleasure of your presence at their 1920 summer ball, this year in honour of their recent arrival at the remarkable Charlton House. They’re just buzzing to get to know their new village, and to show off the beautiful Old Library, which they’re sure will serve as a beautiful ballroom for years to come. There are drinks flowing, and the gardens they’ve inherited are in full, gorgeous bloom. But something’s not quite right when they open their doors to their new friends and neighbours for the first time… Somebody has murder on their mind, and the great Mulberry family is depending on YOU to solve the case!

Though not required, guests are encouraged to join in the fun right away by wearing their best 1920s garb. Think shift and drop-waist dresses, long strings of pearls, and feather-adorned headbands for women, and three-piece suits, fedoras, and flat caps for men.

Praise for Play Dead London:

“A Winner” – ****
The Stage

“A really ingenious way of bringing people together – a great night out’”

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is a registered charity, formed in 2014 to look after key structures, objects, and historic records within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Assets in the Trust’s care include Charlton House & Gardens, Charlton Assembly Rooms, Tudor Barn, and the Museum Collections & Archive of the Royal Greenwich, as well as memorials across the Borough. Its aim is to ensure the future of the Royal Greenwich’s rich heritage whilst bringing that heritage to life for everyone, through exhibitions, tours, walks and activities.

Charlton House is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. Built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, tutor to James I’s eldest son, Henry, Prince of Wales, the House has a rich and colourful history and is now in the proud care of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.

Play Dead London is an interactive theatrical extravaganza, where the audience play the detectives and solve the murder by digging for clues through watching the interactions between the characters and getting their hands dirty by interviewing the shady suspects themselves. Founder Emma Crocombe conceived the idea of the first murder mystery event as a fundraiser for an upcoming trip to Bangalore to work with Limited Resources Teacher Training. Over the next three months, little did she know that she would be creating an unforgettable murder mystery company with her talented friends! On Saturday 28th April 2018, Play Dead London was born with their first murder mystery ‘Murder at Big G’s Speakeasy’, Big G actually being the nickname for her dad!