by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 16, 2019
We reported earlier here that Damian was slated to appear as one of the guest Inspectors in the mystery play Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] at Park Theatre London sometime between July 15 – July 27, 2019. Reports are coming in via social media that tonight’s Inspector was indeed Damian! Our first clue was this Instagram video showing Damian sporting his Inspector’s trench:
Then Tweets started pouring in:
Day two of #Whodunnit @parktheatre, and the 'mystery' actor tonight was Damian Lewis. Two hours of watching Damian Lewis make a fool of himself is just fine with me… well two hours of watching Damian Lewis do anything is fine with me tbh! 😉😍😄
— Cathy O'D (@l0islane) July 16, 2019
Oh my lordy, not only did I just see Damian Lewis do a casual bit of improv at the Park Theatre, but I got to ask him about his glorious repertoire of accents – fabulous!
— Eleanor C Parry (@EleanorCParry) July 16, 2019
I went to see “ Whodunnit ( unrehearsed )” at the Park Theatre last night, what a hoot, I haven’t laughed so much in years, and the icing on the cake was the wonderful Damian Lewis as the celebrity guest inspector!
— Alexandra Ressort (@AlexandraResso1) July 17, 2019
Damian Lewis was tonight’s performer
— Alanna Claywell (@hairyhippielove) July 16, 2019
It's not Gillian but Damian Lewis is a treat. ❤
— AnaScully 👽 (@anasyx) July 16, 2019
Great show on at the (Finsbury) Park Theater – Whodunnit ( Un Rehearsed ). Damian Lewis totally unrehearsed perform with only an earpiece for lines/ instructions. Great ensemble acting. Laughed and laughed. #fundraiser#funkyfinsburypk
— Mike Wilkins (@mikewhsg) July 17, 2019
— Natasha Cottriall (@cottriall28) July 17, 2019
Flanked by Jez Bond & Mark Cameron, genius creators of the hilarious Whodunnit [unscripted] the sell-out fundraiser @ParkTheatre – honoured to have been today’s Inspector: warming them up for Damian Lewis tonight. pic.twitter.com/YF9s48VRP5
— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) July 16, 2019
If only we could have been there! Well, View From the Outside was there during Damian’s performance and had this to say:
“Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing Whodunnit (unrehearsed) at the Park Theatre (a very generous treat from my lovely mum). Today my mouth feels a whole lot wider from excessive laughing and smiling. That is a thing right? Aching mouth aside, this is a much needed dose of pure silliness. I’m hoping it isn’t giving too much away to say that my inspector was played by the wonderful Damian Lewis. All I’ll say is that Damian Lewis is a brilliant sport and seemed to be enjoying himself. I added “seemed” purely because he is such a talented actor, for all I know he was screaming inside and is now in an emergency session with a therapist. I must confess that I was clapping and whooping with the best of them when Damian Lewis was revealed as our inspector, dignity be damned! However, I will say that the show is designed in such a way that you’ll have a great night no matter who you get. So if you’re sobbing into your tea because you had your heart set on getting the lovely Damian, fear not, there is still a long list of eye-wateringly fabulous celebrities waiting in the wings.”
And now for some behind the scenes photos and a video!
— Fan Fun Damian Lewis (@FanFunDamian) July 21, 2019
Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] not only features the voices of Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Miriam Margolyes, but also a different celebrity in each performance stepping in as the Inspector without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script. Instead they had their lines fed to them live onstage via an earpiece as they attempted to crack the case, avoid the furniture and stagger their way to justice. The production did not announce which date each of the celebrity guests were playing the Inspector – so the mystery was, who will walk through the door at each performance?
Gargantuan guest Inspectors include, Clive Anderson, Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Matthew Broderick, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Broadbent, Adrian Dunbar, Adam Hills, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Jason Manford, Neil Morrissey, Clarke Peters, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Sandi Toksvig, Tim Vine, Bradley Walsh and Ruby Wax.
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