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The Mystery of Irma Vep

  • Beaumaris Theatre Inc. 82 Wells Road Beaumaris, VIC, 3193 Australia (map)

Director: Div Collins
Playwright: Charles Ludlam
Performance Season: 25 May - 9 June

The show is set in the English country estate of Lord Edgar Hillcrest. He's a widower, having lost his beloved wife, Irma Vep. He's recently remarried Lady Enid, a stage actress still uneasy with her new position as Lady of the manor. Indeed, her maid, Jane, doesn't think she'll ever measure up to Lady Irma. Meanwhile, Lord Edgar is disturbed by strange happenings out on the heath, including the monthly disappearance of his groundskeeper, Nicodemus. Fearing the estate is haunted, Lord Edgar goes on an expedition to Egypt to discover the secrets of what truly lies behind the mystery of Irma Vep.


The play is a wonderful theatrical smorgasbord, combining Hammer horrors, Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights, and the Victorian Penny Dreadful. With impossibly quick costume changes, it soon soars to dizzying heights of ridiculousness - a hilarious spectacle of ludicrous proportions.

Earlier Event: June 8
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Later Event: June 16
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