University Theatre presents 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

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Photo of cast members from The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Audiences influence the outcome of the story line in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University theatre students will perform the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" Nov. 13-22 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex. The production is directed by Jay Berkow.

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Performance schedule

  • Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel of the same name. The story follows Edwin, who is engaged to Rosa, though neither loves the other. Edwin’s guardian, John Jasper, is besotted with Rosa. When Edwin disappears one stormy night everyone fears he may be dead. Or is he?

Audiences have the opportunity each night to solve one of the biggest literary murder mysteries ever—Dickens died before penning the novel's conclusion—by choosing the ending that the actors will play out for each performance.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theater in late 1985 and played for 608 performances. The show was critically acclaimed and received several Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.


All seating for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at Shaw Theatre is general admission. Tickets are $20, $18 for senior citizens and WMU employees, $6 for WMU students and $10 for all other students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at or (269) 387-6222.

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