The Mystery of Irma Vep and the Creatures That Go Bump in the Night


Downtown Abbey and The Twilight Saga collide in this visual feast of the awkward and the extreme.

Jonathan Roxmouth has certainly proved himself worthy in the world of South African theatre, which means any show featuring his brilliance is worthy of mention here.

Yesterday, VR Theatrical by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc announced the coming of the stage spectacular The Mystery of Irma Vep to the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino.

Starring the aforementioned Roxmouth (Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and the inimitable Weslee Swain Lauder (Sweeney Todd, Janice Honeyman’s Peter Pan, Starlight Express), there’s no doubt it’s going to be a show-stopper.


The acclaimed play was conceived and written by Charles Ludlum and directed by Elizma Badenhorst and is an amalgamation of different genres.

The Penny Dreadful satire explores the myriad of creatures that go bump in the night and welcomes a host of vampires, werewolves, mummies, beasts, lunatics and gentlefolk, all played by the same two actors, skilfully jumping in and out of character and costumes faster than the blink of an eye.

With an original score by Wessel Odendaal, audience members can expect endless suspense, but not without some side-splitting humour to lighten the mood.


Show: The Mystery of Irma Vep

Starring: Jonathan Roxmouth & Weslee Swain Lauder

Date: 5 July – 30 July 2017

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino theatre, Johannesburg

Bookings: Computicket

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