£595+VAT (1 actor for 8 to 25 guests)
£845+VAT (2 actors for 26 to 40 guests)
Approx. 2.5 hr performance
If you’ve already booked a venue or would like to run a murder mystery at your own home or company office then our murder mystery actor hire is perfect for you. Unlike our other packages, this one doesn’t include a venue, food or drinks. Instead, we leave all of that to you while we focus on running the murder mystery entertainment. Our professional actors are available to travel across the UK to a location of your choice. Before you get into all the details below, why not have a look at our amazing feedback on third-party review site, reviews.co.uk.
Main event space
For the murder mystery itself it’s important that everybody can see and hear each other. This means that the space should be private and quiet for instance a hotel function room, a private dining room in a restaurant or the organiser’s home. Unfortunately public restaurants and pubs don’t work unless you have hired a private room within these.
The best layout for an interactive murder mystery is one long table or “boardroom-style” as many event venues would call it. If the space isn’t big enough for this then several round tables is also possible but make sure they’re positioned close together and that there is room for people to turn their chairs around.
Actor’s dressing room
We require you to provide a dressing room for the actor. This should be somewhere private where they can change their costume, store belongings, rehearse their lines and sit and down whilst you are eating. Good examples would be a small meeting room, private office or bedroom. If you are hiring an events venue then we recommend you get the venue to include this on your contract so that you know it’s guaranteed. It isn’t appropriate to ask the actor to get changed in the toilets and then rehearse their lines in the public bar (whilst dressed as Sherlock Holmes!).
Whilst we can be very flexible, the best way of running a murder mystery event is around a three course dinner or lunch. If you are running this at an events venue then you should make them aware that it is a murder mystery taking place. This is because they’ll need to pause dinner service whilst the entertainment is happening. This will be just prior to the starter being served and then in between each course up until coffee. If waiting staff are serving food whilst your guests are performing then it becomes really hard for everybody to keep track of all the clues.
Fully hosted alternatives
If this all sounds like a lot to arrange then you may want to consider one of our fully packaged murder mystery dinners which include venue hire, food, drinks and actors dressing room. We’ll do all the preparation work with the venue and handle your food and drinks orders as well. These are currently only available in certain cities but if you can’t see your location listed then feel free to contact us to see if we can put something together.
Sherlock Holmes actor
Two and a half hour performance
Scripting, casting and props
Clue kits and prizes for the best detectives
About the murder mystery actor hire…
The murder mystery plot
We offer two interactive murder mystery plots for you to choose from – Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Magician’s Inventor and Dead Dogs Tell No Tales.
Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Magician’s Inventor – Queen Victoria is dead. The British Empire is at its height, but from across the shores a storm is brewing, a storm that could change the whole world forever. What is the link between world politics, a rundown theatre in the West End and an eccentric inventor? Travel back in time and meet the master detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes, as he unravels the case.
Dead Dogs Tell No Tales – London, the 70’s. Criminals and the Flying Squad at each other’s throats. Now a case to blow everything apart – Terry ‘The Dog’ Mitchell, small-time crook, has been found murdered. But Terry knew a secret, a secret which could shake London to its very core. A new, exciting interactive murder mystery from West End Events and the chance to step into the shadowy world of 1970’s London crime.
Format of the murder mystery
Ahead of your murder mystery, we’ll contact a number of your guests with clues, secrets and motives which will see them suspected of committing the most horrendous of crimes (have you guessed what it is yet!?). Then, on the day in question, our detective will attend the venue to quiz the suspects. The plot will unfold as each guest discovers their part in the events that resulted in a murder, finally leading to the shocking revelation that one of them is a killer!
The interactive nature of this event makes it perfect for a variety of different occasions including team building days, birthday parties and hen nights.
Fancy dress is optional but highly recommended, it certainly adds to the fun.
We require a minimum of 8 guests for the murder mystery to work and can allocate a maximum of 15 character roles. Any guests above this number need not be left out though as there are plenty of jobs for willing detectives; making notes during the suspect testimonies, examining clues and trying to uncover the murderer.
For groups of 26+ we’ll send a second actor to look after the detectives and make sure they’re all fully involved in the proceedings.
Groups of 40+ should contact us to discuss other murder mystery styles that are better suited to higher numbers.
Looking to go all-out? Contact us to discuss a range of optional extras; for example a vintage singer, jazz band, photographer, caricaturist, magician (can be linked to the murder mystery plot) or photo booth.