The British Players to Perform in Georgetown This June


The afterglow of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee continues this week in Georgetown.

The British Players will perform “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Nolan Center at 1524 35th St. NW —  from June 10-June 25.

Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the musical is a comedic murder-mystery that features a “show-within-a-show,” directed by Laura W. Andruski.

Co-producer and British Players board member Lauren Pacuit says the audience can expect an engaging who-done-it as they work to solve the mystery of the murder.

“It’s a really fun show. I haven’t worked with a cast this talented in a long time,” Pacuit said.

While the group typically performs at Kensington Town Hall, it is eager to engage with the Georgetown audience and hope to attract news viewers in the area.

Formed in 1964, the British Players originated as the British Embassy Players, first performing as regulars at the British Embassy in Washington for 40 years. They now serve the greater Washington Area with plays and pantomimes based on work from British playwrights and authors. And they tell us that they are “dedicated to bringing high-quality traditional British theatre to the Washington area … and have been delighting audiences with a wonderful recipe of humour, patriotism, music, dance and dialog, with material dating from Victorian times to the modern day.”

The group has managed to maintain performances during recent COVID-19 waves and returned to live events last fall.

All evening performances of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will be held at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online. 

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