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Join Anthony as he goes on an obsessive journey to get to the bottom of an intriguing, drug-fuelled, murder mystery. With just 3 cast members playing over 40 characters, witness an incredibly creative and gripping noir thriller that is filled with plenty of social satire!

Why Watch Tumulus

Written by eminent British-American playwright Christopher Adams, Tumulus is a noir show that was widely acclaimed during its run in 2018. He went on to win the 2018 Origins Award for Outstanding New Work and is also a member of the Young Writer Programmer at the Royal Court Theater. A drug-fueled murder mystery, Tumulus returns to West End after a sell-out run at the 2018 Vault festival. Tumulus explores the chemsex culture of the UK and the darkest recesses of the lead character's mind. The play consists of just three cast members, who play nearly 40 roles between them. The paranoia and confusion of the queer noir genre work extremely well, and in combination with the agitated internal dialogue, the premise is fantastic. With the help of digitally generated voices and other sound effects, Tumulus pulls off the tense sections brilliantly. The inventive use of the limited space and props to create an atmosphere of mystery and noir is also deserving of praise. Do not miss this dark and riveting musical that is undoubtedly going to change your outlook!

The Show

Anthony is a librarian during the day. At night, the thirty-something-year-old frequents chemsex parties and is fully invested into the culture beneath Waterloo station. One day, Anthony finds out that his one-night stand has been found dead. The ghost of this young man haunts Anthony. Although deaths are common in this rave culture, it causes Anthony to suspect that something is amiss. He refuses to accept that this is just another death of the chemsex lifestyle, and is convinced that he must solve the case before the killer claims the next victim. A second body is found soon, and his suspicions are confirmed. Join Anthony as he goes on a hunt to find the killers, determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Good for

Fans of Murder Mysteries | Fans of Drama

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Show Details

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:00 PM
Sat 3:00 PM

1 hour 20 minutes, without an interval.

Leading Roles
Ciaran Owens
Ian Hallard
Harry Lister Smith

Directed by
Matt Steinberg

Additional Information

Recommended for ages 16 and up. The show contains references to drugs and sex.

Available Facilities
In-house bar

The Soho Theater has a seating capacity of 160.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification. It is recommended that you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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