The Murdér Express, an immersive theatre and dining experience based in east London, is set to reopen in October to transport passengers back in time to the grandeur of the (pre-Covid) 19th century…
Set onboard a glamorous train carriage, reminiscent of the Orient Express, The Murdér Express transports guests back in time to the grandeur of the 19th century. Travelling by train for pleasure is in its infancy, and you’ll join other excited passengers ‘travelling’ from London to the fictional town of Murdér in France.
Entering via the Pedley Street Station Seven Sins Bar, passengers will wet their whistles while the luggage is packed onboard, before embarking on the trip of a lifetime alongside characters like Frank, an East End Costermonger, Tilley, a music hall star, Vera, a widow in search of adventure, and Cliff, a local antique dealer.
But first, we eat! Seated in the elegant dining car, passengers will dine on a menu designed by BBC One MasterChef 2017 finalist, Louisa Ellis, and as the train ‘departs’, the story unfolds around you.
The train carriage is equipped with large format LCD displays, which form the ‘windows’ and display footage shot on a heritage steam railway in the Welsh Highlands. Combined with discrete audio channels playing music and narration, and some smoke effects, the mood is set and you get a sense of movement while you ‘ride’ and dine.
Of course, ‘The Murdér Express has new Covid-secure measures in place, including temperature checks, PPE for staff, sanitiser stations throughout the venue, Perspex screens, reduced capacity and an amended seating plan for social distancing.
The Murdér Express is the brainchild of Funicular Productions, a collective of experience creators from across the spectrum of theatre and storytelling co-founded by entrepreneur, actor and scriptwriter Craig Wilkinson and production director Ed Borgnis.
Running 2 October-31 January 2021. Tickets from £65 plus a £3.90 booking fee per ticket. Trains depart from Pedley Street ‘Station’ at Arch 63, Pedley Street, Bethnal Green E1 5BW. To book see funicularproductions.com