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Production Images Released For Francesca Moody Productions Edinburgh Festival Fringe Hit KATHY AND STELLA SOLVE A MURDER!


11 August 2023

Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove and Fiery Angel Present: KATHY AND STELLA SOLVE A MURDER!

PRODUCTION IMAGES ARE RELEASED TODAY FOR ‘KATHY AND STELLA SOLVE A MURDER!’  AS THE UNMISSABLE HIT OF THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2022 PLAYS TO PACKED AUDIENCES WITH A NEW EXPANDED VERSION.

THE HILARIOUS WHODUNNIT IS NOW RUNNING AT UNDERBELLY AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE UNTIL 27 AUGUST, FOLLOWED BY BRISTOL OLD VIC (13 - 30 SEPTEMBER) AND HOME MANCHESTER (5 - 21 OCTOBER).

FROM THE OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS OF ‘FLEABAG’ AND ‘BABY REINDEER’ WITH BOOK AND LYRICS BY JON BRITTAIN (ROTTERDAM) AND MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MATTHEW FLOYD JONES (FRISKY &MANNISH).    

 

              
The cast of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! Photography by Mihaela Bodlovic

Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove and Fiery Angel are delighted to share production images for the new expanded version of Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder!, the sell-out smash-hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, which is now playing to packed houses at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe until 27 August before touring to Bristol Old Vic from 13 - 30 September and HOME Manchester from 5 - 21 October.

The acclaimed original cast who are reprising their roles in the hilarious murder mystery musical include Bronté Barbé (Newsies, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre) as Kathy, Rebekah Hinds (Oklahoma! Young Vic/ West End) as Stella, Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, West End) as Felicia, TJ Lloyd (Guys and Dolls, Sheffield Crucible) as Justin, and Imelda Warren-Green (Doctor Who: Time Fracture, Immersive LDN) as Erica. The following new cast have joined the existing original company: Chelsea HallJacob Kohli and Sarah Pearson.

 

 

This big-hearted, laugh-out-loud musical originally brought to the stage by Francesca Moody Productions (Fleabag, Olivier Award winner Baby Reindeer, Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons) and Kater Gordon, reunites the writing and musical talents of Jon Brittain - Book & Lyrics / Co-Director (Olivier Award winner Rotterdam) and Matthew Floyd Jones - Music & Lyrics / Musical Director (Frisky and Mannish) who previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed, Fringe First award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

The full creative team includes Jon Brittain as Co-Director, Matthew Floyd Jones as Musical Director, Fabian Aloise as Co-director and Choreographer, Cecilia Carey as Set and Costume Designer, Tingying Dong as Co-Sound Designer, Dan Samson as Co-Sound Designer, Peter Small as Lighting Designer, Charlie Ingles as Orchestrator, Charlie Martin as Associate Director, Caitlin Morgan as Associate Musical Director, Bethany Gupwell as Associate Lighting Designer, Ed Borgnis as Production Manager, Inga Davis-Rutter as Musical Supervisor, Anna Dixon as Costume Supervisor, Charlotte King as Props Supervisor, Gillian Greer as Dramaturge, Annelie Powell CDG as Casting Director and Alice Walters as Casting Assistant. The Stage Management Team will be Titch Gosling, Caoimhe Regan and Rosie Bannister. The musicians will be Laura Browne and Philip Williams.

 

 

“This is impossible! We’ve got no motives. No suspects. We don’t know anything! Who knew solving a murder would be so hard?”

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! Can they crack the case (and become global podcast superstars) before the killer strikes again...?

Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove and Fiery Angel present
Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder!

Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe 2 – 27 August – On Sale Now

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol 13 – 30 September – On Sale Now

HOME, Manchester 5 – 21 October – On Sale Now

Kathy and Stella is produced in association with Underbelly in Edinburgh and in association with Bristol Old Vic on tour.

Company Information

Produced by Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove and Fiery Angel

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM
Book & Lyrics / Co-Director: Jon Brittain
Music & Lyrics / Musical Director: Matthew Floyd Jones
Co-Director & Choreographer: Fabian Aloise
Set & Costume Designer: Cecilia Carey
Co-Sound Designer: Tingying Dong
Co-Sound Designer: Dan Samson
Lighting Designer: Peter Small
Orchestrator: Charlie Ingles

Associate Director: Charlie Martin
Associate Musical Director: Caitlin Morgan

Associate Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell
Production Manager: Ed Borgnis

Musical Supervisor: Inga Davis-Rutter

Costume Supervisor: Anna Dixon
Props Supervisor: Charlotte King
Dramaturge: Gillian Greer

Casting Director: Annelie Powell CDG

Casting Assistant: Alice Walters

Stage Management: Titch Gosling, Caoimhe Regan and Rosie Bannister

Musicians: Laura Browne and Philip Williams

 

CAST
Kathy: Bronté Barbé
Stella: Rebekah Hinds
Erica: Imelda Warren-Green
Felicia: Jodie Jacobs
Justin: TJ Lloyd
Ensemble/Swing: Jacob Kohli
Ensemble/Swing: Sarah Pearson
Swing: Chelsea Hall

Find Kathy and Stella on Instagram: @kathyandstella | Twitter: @kathystellaMP | Facebook: /Kathy And Stella

#KathyandStella

 

BIOGRAPHIES
Francesca Moody Productions
Francesca Moody Productions commissions, develops and presents brave, entertaining and compelling new theatre. They work with the UK’s leading playwrights and discover and nurture new talent to produce bold, award-winning shows with universal appeal and commercial potential.

Since launching in 2018 the company has been awarded an Olivier and four Scotsman Fringe First’s, been nominated for a Tony Award, and produced work in London, New York, on tour across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Current and upcoming productions include: Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder (Underbelly Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, HOME Manchester), An Oak Tree (Festival d'Avignon, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible is Going to Happen (Bush Theatre).

Recent productions include: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Lyric Hammersmith), A Doll's House (Hudson Theatre, New York), A Streetcar Named Desire (Phoenix Theatre), Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Harold Pinter Theatre), Berlusconi: A New Musical (Southwark Playhouse Elephant), Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder (Roundabout), Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible is Going to Happen (Roundabout), Mum (Soho Theatre), Leopards (Rose Theatre), Baby Reindeer (Bush Theatre, Roundabout).

FMP are also the creators of Shedinburgh Fringe Festival an online live-streamed festival of theatre, comedy and music created in lieu of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2020. Since its launch the festival has raised over £40,000 towards a fund to support the next generation of artists to make it to the Fringe.

FMP is led by Francesca Moody MBE who is best known as the original producer of the multi-award-winning Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which she has produced globally on behalf on DryWrite, most recently at the Wyndhams Theatre, when it was also recorded and broadcast by NT Live, playing in cinemas throughout the world. In 2020 Francesca led and coordinated the Fleabag for Charity for campaign and later the Theatre Community Fund with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman, raising over £2million to support theatrical artists and professionals whose livelihoods and creative futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19.

Kater Gordon
Having worked in many aspects of theatre, television, and film, Kater now champions artists and storytellers as a producer.  She began her career in costumes at Williamstown Theatre Festival and later won an Emmy and two WGA awards for her writing on AMC’s hit television show Mad Men.  

Current projects include the Olivier Award Nominated 2:22 — A Ghost Story (Noël Coward Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Criterion Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Apollo Theatre), Tony Award Nominated A Doll’s House (Hudson Theatre, New York), Vanya (Duke of York’s), One Woman Show (Greenwich House Theatre), and Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (Harold Pinter Theatre).  

Other notable credits include Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder (Roundabout), Disney’s Newsies (Troubadour Wembley Theatre), The Windsors: Endgame (Prince of Wales Theatre), Mum (Soho Theatre), Leopards (Rose Theatre Kingston), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Rose Theatre Kingston), and Peter Pan (The National at Troubadour White City).  


Wessex Grove
Wessex Grove
is a theatrical production company set up by Benjamin Lowy and Emily Vaughan-Barratt in 2020.    

Current and upcoming productions include: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life directed by Ivo van Hove at the Harold Pinter Theatre & Savoy Theatre; Simon Stephen’s Vanya starring Andrew Scott at The Duke of York’s Theatre; a site-specific touring production of Macbeth with Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma (Liverpool, Edinburgh, London & Washington D.C.); The Old Man & The Pool at Wyndham’s Theatre; One Woman Show at Greenwich House Theater, New York & Ambassadors Theatre, West End; A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre; Quiz UK Tour; and Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, Playhouse Theatre.

Recent productions include: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre & UK Tour; Best of Enemies at the Noël Coward Theatre; Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Revival; A Doll's House at the Hudson Theatre, New York; A Streetcar Named Desire at the Phoenix Theatre; Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre & UK Tour; The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre; Mad House at the Ambassadors Theatre; The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre; Cyrano de Bergerac at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Glasgow Theatre Royal & Brooklyn Academy of Music; and The New Tomorrow Festival at the Young Vic.   

Fiery Angel
Headed by Edward Snape and Marilyn Eardley Fiery Angel is an award-winning international production company based in London’s West End.

Upcoming and recent productions include: King Lear (West End), Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! (UK Tour), And Then There Were None (UK Tour), Unexpected Twist (UK and Ireland tour), Animal Farm (UK tour), The Good Life (UK tour), Hairspray (West End), Touching the Void (West End), The Son (West End), The Night of the Iguana (West End), Fleabag (West End), Home, I’m Darling (West End & UK tour), Long Day’s Journey into Night (West End, New York and Los Angeles), Mary Stuart (West End & UK tour), Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (West End), Love From A Stranger (UK tour), Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company (West End), Ben Hur (Kiln Theatre), The 39 Steps (9 years in the West End, 3 UK tours, 3 years on Broadway and presented in over 40 territories worldwide including Olivier, Tony and Moliere award wins), To Kill a Mockingbird (Barbican Theatre and UK tour), The Scottsboro Boys (West End), The Ladykillers (West End and UK tour), Ghost Stories (West End), Dial M for Murder (UK tour). Fiery Angel has acted as a co-producer alongside The National Theatre on its West End productions of Nine NightThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Lehman Trilogy.

As part of Fiery Angel Entertainment: Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tubular Bells (Royal Festival Hall, UK Tour), Rob Brydon (UK tour), Circus 1903 (Royal Festival Hall, Eventim Apollo), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret (Barbican Theatre) and Our Finest Hour (UK tour).

As part of The Children’s Theatre Partnership: Unexpected Twist (UK tour), Animal Farm (UK tour), Holes (UK tour), The Jungle Book (UK tour), Running Wild (UK tour), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (UK tour), Goodnight Mister Tom (West End and 3 UK tours, Olivier Award winner) and Swallows and Amazons (West End and UK tour).

As part of Fierylight Productions: The Smartest Giant in Town (West End), Peppa Pig Live! (West End, UK tour, US tour and Australian tour), Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (UK tour) and Octonauts & The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (UK tour and US tour).

Underbelly
Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company that specialises in producing and programming ground-breaking theatrical productions and the creation of city centre cultural events and festivals. Established in 2000 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Underbelly has since produced shows and events in locations from theatres to roundabouts from London and Edinburgh to Asia.

Underbelly is one of the leading venue producers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Theatre highlights of our 22 years at the festival include presenting Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag in 2013, Marlow & Moss’ SIX in 2018, Life Jacket’s America is Hard to See in 2019 and Rob Madge’s My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) in 2022.

On the West End, Underbelly is co-producing the Olivier award-winning revival of Cabaret, with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and the international cabaret La Clique, having just closed a successful season in Leicester Square and a sell-out run in Edinburgh 2022.

Current London festivals include Underbelly Festival, and Christmas in Leicester Square. Underbelly is also the event production partner for West End Live in Trafalgar Square (on behalf of Westminster City Council and Society of London Theatre) and Pride in London. In Scotland, and produces Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In Edinburgh, until 2021 Underbelly produced Edinburgh’s Christmas, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

At the heart of Underbelly is the live experience. We love creating fantastic and unique pop-up events.  We love creating something for all ages and all tastes to enjoy.  Most of all, we love live entertainment and events. 

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic is the UK's longest continuously running theatre and has welcomed millions of people through its doors since opening nearly 260 years ago.

Led by Executive Director Charlotte Geeves and Artistic Director Nancy Medina, the organisation is committed to platforming and creating opportunities for the multitude of stories that Bristol and the UK have to offer.

From its extensively redeveloped building in the Old City, Bristol Old Vic offers a year-round programme of inspiring, original new work; one of UK theatre's biggest learning and engagement programmes; and one of the UK's leading artist development programmes. Plus, through Bristol Old Vic On Screen, audiences across the world have seen its productions live or on demand, including most recently Complicite's acclaimed Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, and its own stylish hit, Hamlet - which was also shown in 250 cinemas across the UK.

We will make a theatre which is for our whole community. Not a passive place but one of activism. Not one voice but many. We will ask questions of ourselves and of Bristol. We invite you to come on in and help us make this building sing with possibility.” Nancy Medina. Artistic Director.

HOME, Manchester
HOME is Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture. Since opening in May 2015, HOME has welcomed over four million visitors to its two theatres, five cinemas, art gallery, book shop and restaurants. HOME works with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary theatrical experiences, producing an exciting mix of thought-provoking drama, dance and festivals, with a strong focus on new commissions and talent development. Since opening, HOME has co-produced and co-commissioned work with: Complicité, National Theatre, National Theatre Scotland, Javaad Alipoor, Boy Blue, Hofesh Shechter, Rhum and Clay, Kneehigh, MIF and many more.

HOME’s ambition is to push the boundaries of form and technology, to experiment, have fun, take risks and share great new art with the widest possible audience. The patrons of HOME are Danny Boyle, actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay CBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins, filmmaker Asif Kapadia, and actress and author Meera Syal CBE.

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