Giovanna Fletcher, Anthony Horowitz, Rosie Jones, Nick Mohammed, Sara Pascoe and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to host special events at Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! at the Ambassadors Theatre

Giovanna Fletcher, Anthony Horowitz, Rosie Jones, Nick Mohammed, Sara Pascoe and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to host special events at Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! at the Ambassadors Theatre

Producers Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove and Fiery Angel are delighted to announce a series of post-show discussions and workshops, in partnership with ATG Entertainment West End Creative Learning, will run alongside performances of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! when it opens at the Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited season from 25 May - 14 September.  


Highlights will include Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody (collaborators on Fleabag) in conversation about the journey from the Edinburgh Fringe to the West End.  Bestselling crime writer Anthony Horowitz will be joined by Kathy and Stella writers Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones to talk about plotting the perfect crime, while Sara Pascoe, Nick Mohammed, Rosie Jones and Giovanna Fletcher explore the creation of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! in separate post-show Q&As on writing, directing and performance with writers Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones, co-director/ choreographer Fabian Aloise and actors Bronté Barbé (Kathy) and Rebekah Hinds (Stella).

In celebration of the extraordinary moment new homegrown musicals are currently having in the West End Kit Buchan (Two Strangers Carry a Cake Across New York), Jethro Compton and Darren Clark (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones (Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!) will come together to talk about the journey of their shows to the West End. Plus Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones lead workshops on writing and developing new musicalsFull details below and here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/kathy-and-stella-solve-a-murder/ambassadors-theatre/

 

Producer Francesca Moody said ‘Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! has been made over the last four years in what some might consider to be an unconventional fashion. From the Edinburgh Fringe to the West End, an incredible team of creatives and actors have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to demystify and share the process through a series of post-show discussions hosted by our favourite comedians, writers, and podcasters. Like us, they've made their names creating original work both on and off the Fringe - we're so excited to welcome them to our stage!’

Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!  transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End from 25 May 2024 – 14 September after thrilling audiences in Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester.   

BFFs Kathy and Stella host Hull's least successful true crime podcast. When their favourite author is killed they are thrust into a thrilling whodunnit of their own! This big-hearted, laugh out loud musical follows the unlikely crime-fighting duo as they put their friendship on the line to become part of the story. Can they crack the case, (and become global podcast superstars) before the killer strikes again…?


Originally brought to the stage by Francesca Moody Productions (Fleabag, Olivier Award winner Baby Reindeer, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons) and Kater Gordon (2:22, VanyaKathy and Stella Solve A Murder! won Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2022. The production reunites the writing and musical talents of Jon Brittain - Book and Lyrics / Co-Director (The Completely Made Up Adventures of Dick Turpin, Apple TV, Olivier Award winner Rotterdam) and Matthew Floyd Jones - Music and Lyrics (Frisky and Mannish) who previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed, Fringe First award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Fabian Aloise (recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Sunset Boulevard) Co-Directs and Choreographs.

The cast includes Bronté BarbéRebekah Hinds, Imelda Warren-Green, Elliot BroadfootHannah-Jane FoxElliotte Williams-N'Dure, Ben RedfernJennifer CaldwellChelsea Hall and Sorelle Marsh. Musicians will be Andrew HiltonCatherine BensonLaura Browne and Philip Williams.

 

Special Event and Workshop Schedule:

 

Writers Q&A with Sara Pascoe

Monday 10 June
Timing & tickets: 30 min post show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones are interviewed by the comedian and podcaster Sara Pascoe in this post-show discussion about writing Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!

Comedian, Podcaster and Actor extraordinaire! Is there anything Sara Pascoe can’t do? We’ll be putting it to the test on 10 June where she’ll be quizzing Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones on all things musicals! What makes a bop? How do you write a killer twist? 

Don't miss your chance to gain insight into the art of writing from the masters themselves. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable evening of laughter, insight, and creativity!

 

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Cast Q&A with Rosie Jones 

Tuesday 18 June

Timing & tickets: 30 min post show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Rebekah Hinds and Bronté Barbé, are interviewed by the comedian and podcaster Rosie Jones in this post-show Q&A about performing in Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!

Queen of comedy Rosie Jones hosts an evening of sparkling conversations with our very own Kathy and Stella. From Fringe to the West End and everything in between - join Bex and Bronté, as they explore the challenges and triumphs of the acting world. Whether you're an aspiring actor or simply love a good story, this is an event not to be missed!

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Producer Q&A with Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Thursday 20 June

Timing & tickets: 30 min post show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Francesca Moody is interviewed by actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) about taking shows from Edinburgh Fringe to the West End.

 

It’s been one helluva journey into town – and nobody knows the Edinburgh Fringe to West End pipeline quite like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody. Prepare for an unforgettable evening on Thursday, June 20, as the incomparable duo take the spotlight to discuss Fleabag, Kathy and Stella and much much more… 

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New Musicals Panel
Monday 24 June
Timing & tickets:
 30 min post show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance
 

Jon Brittain & Matthew Floyd Jones (Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!), Kit Buchan (Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)) and Jethro Compton & Darren Clark (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), form a panel event where a host will ask them questions about bringing their shows to the West End before opening up to questions from the audience.

 

You’ve heard of Barbenheimer … now get ready for: The Curious Case of Kathy and Stella Carrying a Cake Across New York! 

We’re celebrating the absolute MOMENT that new homegrown musicals are having in the West End by bringing together your absolute faves, have your chance to delve deeper into the creative process and perhaps gain some insight into the magic behind these successful productions.

 

Come armed with your questions to ask these multi-award-winning writers, as they talk about the incredible journey these shows have been on.

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The Perfect Crime with Anthony Horowitz, Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones
Wednesday 26 JuneTiming & tickets: 30 min post-show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones are joined by bestselling crime writer Anthony Horowitz for a post-show talk as they chat through a few key questions about “the perfect crime”. Eg. How to write it, what’s their favourite they’ve seen/read, and how would they commit the perfect murder?

 

Get ready to don your detective hats and sharpen your sleuthing skills! Join us for an electrifying discussion as our writers Matthew and Jon team up with the King of Crime himself, Anthony Horowitz, to unravel the mysteries behind "The Perfect Crime."

Join them as they discuss ‘What makes the perfect crime?’ How do you write it, could they pull it off, and do icicles really make the perfect murder weapon?

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Directors Q&A with Giovanna Fletcher
Thursday 27 June

Timing & tickets: 30 min post-show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Directors Jon Brittain and Fabian Aloise are interviewed by author, actor and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher in a 30 min post-show about directing Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!.

Giovanna Fletcher is no stranger to the rehearsal room, and she’s certainly no stranger to podcasts! So who better to grill our directors Jon and Fabian on how you combine the two? What’s it like to direct a show that began life ‘in the round’ with a cast of 5 and now fills the stage of the Ambassadors Theatre? 

 

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Cast Q&A with Nick MohammedWednesday 3 July

Timing & tickets: 30 min post-show, entry is free to all ticket holders of the evening’s performance

 

Join comedian and actor Nick Mohammed as he hosts an exclusive Q&A session with the talented cast of Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder on July 3.

Get ready for a post-show event packed with laughter, insights, and behind-the-scenes stories straight from London's West End. Don't miss this chance to dive into the world of Kathy and Stella like never before. Prepare your questions and get ready to engage with the cast on a whole new level. Whether you're curious about their character preparation, backstage antics, or the play's profound themes, this event promises to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans.

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Workshop: How To Approach Writing Music and Lyrics

Saturday 8 June

Timings & tickets: 3pm - 5pm. Tickets available for £35 from ATG Tickets. If price is a barrier to accessing the programmes, please email westendclcp@theambassadors.com

Ever wondered how to approach writing music? Have you scribbled down lyrics in a notepad or have your next song idea but not sure how to bring it to life? Then look no further! Whether you’re a budding lyricist or simply want to take your first steps in developing your own music this workshop is for you!

 

Join Matthew Floyd Jones (Music & Lyrics of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!) for an afternoon music making masterclass! Explore where you begin with writing lyrics, how to generate ideas for music, identifying tone and linking the music as an essential part of the story – with West End musical, Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! 

 

This workshop is part delivered by ATG Entertainment Creative Learning in partnership with Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder and includes a ticket to see the evening performance of the show.

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Workshop: How to Approach Writing Text, Music and Lyrics

Saturday 29 June

Timings & tickets: 1pm - 5pm. Tickets available for £35 from ATG Tickets. If price is a barrier to accessing the programmes, please email westendclcp@theambassadors.com

Have you sat down to write the book for your first musical and realised you don’t know where to start? Ever wondered how to approach writing music and lyrics? AND HOW DO THE BOOK AND MUSIC COME TOGETHER?! Then look no further! Whether you’re a budding lyricist, an aspiring writer or simply want to take your first steps in developing your own musical this workshop is for you!

 

Join Matthew Floyd Jones (Music & Lyrics of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!) and Jon Brittain (Book & Lyrics/Co-Director of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!) for a half day creative workshop.  Explore where you begin with writing lyrics, creating character and exploring text, how to generate ideas for music, identifying tone and linking the book and music as an essential part of the story – with West End musical, Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder!.

 

This workshop is part is delivered by ATG Entertainment Creative Learning in partnership with Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder and includes a ticket to see the evening performance of the show.