Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, comedy)

  • Underbelly, George Square - Udderbelly
  • 19:30
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Francesca Moody Productions, Kater Gordon, Wessex Grove, Fiery Angel, Underbelly
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


BFFs Kathy and Stella are Hull’s least successful true crime podcasters. When their favourite author is killed, they are thrust into a thrilling whodunnit of their own! Can they crack the case (and become global podcast superstars) before the killer strikes again…? The hilarious musical from the Olivier Award-winners behind Fleabag, Baby Reindeer and A Super Happy Story returns! Written by Jon Brittain (Rotterdam) and Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). ‘A thrilling foray into silliness’ **** (Guardian). 'A night of utter, unalloyed joy' ***** (INews.co.uk). ‘Bloody marvellous’ **** (Financial Times).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access into the venue with a wheelchair can become restricted once the majority of the audience have been sat. Please turn up with ample time and make yourself know to FOH so you can be admitted first to ensure ease of access. There are up to 20 steps if not taking the accessible entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Type: Open
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Nick Mellish 33 days ago

You know when you see a film or read a book or hear a song, and you finish it with the nagging sense that in years to come you'll be saying "I was there first"? That's precisely how we felt at the end of Kathy & Stella Solve A Murder! when the lights went up.

We saw the final performance at the Festival Fringe, playing to a sell-out crowd. This is a musical about a true-crime podcast run by two best friends in Hull and their adventures when a real-life murder happens on their doorstep, and it's very, very good.

The cast are absolutely phenomenal, as are the musicians, and throughout its runtime you'll hum the songs, try to solve the mysteries as they unfold, laugh, gasp, and maybe shed a tear.

High-quality entertainment like this shouldn't go ignored, and seeing as it's about to go on tour it is clear that, thankfully, this hasn't been. See you next murder? You bet.

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Kaye Wells 37 days ago

I'm still buzzing from Kathy and Stella! What an amazing show. Full of high energy, the singing, characters, and storyline had me grinning and laughing all the way through. It's sold out, so if you have a ticket, you are one of the lucky ones!

Clare T 39 days ago

Hilarious show. Ridiculous yet gorgeously believable, every moment is fully born from the Kathy and Stella world. One particular moment (in the morgue) is one of the best moments I've ever seen on stage. Fabulous cast.

Alison Harper 40 days ago

Amazingly catchy songs that I want to listen to again and again, and incredibly high level of singing and staging. Excellent comic acting with hilarious voices.

Jason Brameld 41 days ago

Very much enjoyed this show. Excellent performances all round - vocally very strong and swapping characters with ease and conviction. All the singing was very good with full energy throughout and that will take some stamina to keep going for a full run.

Good humour and story - overall a very well-written piece (sadly lacking in many shows these days - but not this one). Great choreography too - loved the use of the swivel chairs.

I enjoyed the music and the live band too. Only criticism is that the show is run a bit too loud overall and some of the words occasionally get lost as a result. I could easily come down a bit in level without losing impact and would improve clarity.

A minor note though in what was otherwise and excellent production.

John Morris 41 days ago

I'm only annoyed at the show because it was the first thing I saw and it set an impossible bar for others to clean. Superb songs, great staging, fab acting and hilarious throughout. Kathy and Stella killed.

Belinda Morgan 41 days ago

Absolutely brilliant, loved every minute

T 41 days ago

I loved this show and it is in my top recommendations!
Good original songs, a great cast, and an interesting story and a heart warming message. This is a top end Fringe show at a very good price, no wonder it is sold out.

Wendy 42 days ago

We thought this was generally ok, but not great. But there was nothing in “warnings and additional information”. We took our two children, having checked this. There was strong language throughout and this should have been flagged before booking tickets. Very frequent f, some s and others.

Ferring Kev 42 days ago

Brilliant, polished and great entertainment. It was difficult to choose the star performance, but Ai think Kathy edged-it at our show by a whisker. Great fun and very clever.

M 42 days ago

Great show, professionally done. Thankfully anything I misheard, could be double checked on the audio description. I didn't leave remembering any songs...definitely needed catchier numbers! Overall, recommend but sold out.

JB 42 days ago

I was gutted last year because I couldn't make it to the show so I was delighted to see it returning this year.
Very fun songs and choreography, very high energy
The story is pretty good, though the murderer's reveal is a bit underwhelming
Amazing vocals and acting from all of the cast but Bronté Barbé had to be my favourite. I was very close to the stage and she adds so much to her character with her acting.
Definitely worthy of West End

Julie 42 days ago

If you like musicals you'll love this fun, farcical, loud romp of a show. Great singing, fab characters, a live band and a silly story with a heartfelt message too...we all came out smiling! Be sure to get in the queue early, it was a packed audience, as I reckon watching the show from the side seats in the Cow wouldn't be very good.

Lihi Livne 43 days ago

WOW WOW WOW! This show is absolutely amazing! It has everything - great book, great songs, super clever lyrics and an incredible cast and creative team! Also there are some phenomenal vocal performances and super high quality and hilarious acting going on! We are so pleased we went to see this - by far the best thing was saw in the fringe, no wonder it is such a hit amongst viewers. Do yourselves a massive favour and go and see it!

Selvie Hayward 43 days ago

THIS WAS EPIC! As someone who does not really follow the true crime podcast world, I still loved it! A highlight of my fringe. Every single actor was incredible, and it felt like I was at the West End. I'm counting down the days until this becomes a reality and I will be taking everyone to see it! Need the soundtrack now :)

Ian Ritchie 44 days ago

A big glossy musical stars in the big purple cow but this time it is not a 'Six'.
A cast of eight and a four piece band perform a farcical tale of two podcast losers who think they can solve the murder of a famous crime novelist.
Decent singing voices but the whole show was so over-amplified it affected audibility (and our eardrums). ***

Kerry 44 days ago

This is a show that has more 'west end' vibes than edinburgh fringe. But very, very, good West-end vibes (and trust me, I grew up in London and have seen Wicked A LOT).

The songs are catchy, the story's good, with a nice message. The jokes and quirks of the show are great. I'm going to see it again with my sister who I know will love it. And for 12 quid for a good veiw regardless, it was a bargin compared to the 100 quid you might have to pay if it ever makes it down south.

Only thing I will say is the music as you come in, and to a lesser extend through the show, is too loud. I'd suggest to bring plugs, but then the voices are quieter, so you can't hear what's being said when you have the plugs in. Makes it a bit difficult if you're sensitive to sound or trying not to destory your hearing :/

Hannah Golding 45 days ago

Edinburgh Fringe exposes the separation between the reallllly good pro shows from the lesser so like nowhere else and boy, is this show a reallllllly great show! Slick, funny, beautifully staged, absolutely ridiculously amazing singing; it has it all. Grab yourself a ticket if there are any left!

Dorothy Byres 45 days ago

Not for me or the two people I went with. Deafening music, thumping out before it started and then the first 5-10 minutes being really loud singing, couldn’t make out a word. Good acting and singing but just noisy and chaotic. Would have walked out if I wasn’t so close to stage.

Emily B 45 days ago

Absolutely wonderful show from start to finish! I recommend everyone see it!
I really hope that this show gets the recognition and exposure it deserves so that I can see it again. Would love the soundtrack to be available somewhere too!

Amy 45 days ago

The best show we watched, it’s absolutely ready for the West End - go watch it! And please release it on Spotify ASAP!

Stella Bell 47 days ago

What a great show!! Loved it from start to finish - full of energy, a very talented cast who worked brilliantly together - great to have a live band on stage which really added to the atmosphere - best show I saw in Edinburgh last week - go see!

Anna Janmaat 47 days ago

Fantastic singing voices, and a great story which managed to be both hilarious and touching on serious themes around friendships and personal growth. Loved it!

Guy Clayton 47 days ago

Well, I can’t remember the last time I cried with laughter like this. The murder musical with it all. So well written. Achingly funny. Great songs. A cast who sing like professionals and a terrific band.
A brilliant, slick, we’ll choreographed and hilarious tale of two wannabe amateur sleuths from Hull (it’s on the BBC weather in the middle of England on the right), supported by a very gifted cast playing multiple characters.

A standing ovation at the end said it all. Go. And wear the aftershow badge with pride!

Elmondt Kapp 47 days ago

This show was brilliant. Amazing stars with fantastic voices. We want to see more! We loved it!

TA 50 days ago

A high-quality production of a musical full of action, crime, mystery, charm, and laughter.

Elli Mansfield 51 days ago

A must-watch for True Crime fans. Great music, performances and story. Recommended!

Rachel Duncan 54 days ago

A must see at the fringe!

Paul Archibeque 54 days ago

Go see this show! So damn good! The music, acting, voices, lights, all of it stellar. Don’t miss this one!

Benjamin 56 days ago

10/10! Really fun show with wonderful performances from everyone involved, fun characters, and catchy tunes. I highly recommend it.

Joe 56 days ago

Absolutely amazing - a must see. Hilarious throughout, amazing performances from across the entire cast. Stunning vocals, perfect acting, fun choreography, extremely well coordinated lighting, the band absolutely smashed it. Cannot praise it enough. 10/10 will be seeing again.

SS 57 days ago

Absolutely detest musicals normally, School of Rock being the exception (must see btw) but took a punt on this having no knowledge it had been on before. Was just looking for some entertaining comedy on the first day preview of the Fringe and boy I wasn't disappointed. The whole spectacle was funny from start to end, madcap mayhem at its best. The singing was pitch perfect and the comedy acting and timing was perfect. Deserved the standing ovation they received at the end. A deffo must see

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

There is something utterly glorious in this production of a podcast whodunnit.

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Jenna's Jamboree (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

A giddily camp and upbeat production that will charm and impress!

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The Recs (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder is a big-hearted, daft, exuberant delight.

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

Whether you are a fan of musicals, comedies or true crime podcasts, this production is impossible not to love. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Murderously brilliant and truly criminal to miss!

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Broadway World (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

Severed heads, brilliant choreography and three references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What more could you want in a musical?

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Lost In Theatreland (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Fresh, sharp, and lots of fun!

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The Indiependent (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

Big, flashy and fun

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Edinburgh Festivals For Kids (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

A perfect show to bring older children along to, with a myriad of characters for them to appreciate alongside the intriguing forensic storyline, catchy music and silly jokes.

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Playbill 43 days ago

If you love "My Favorite Murder" and musicals, this is the show for you.

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The Telegraph (3/5 stars) 43 days ago

You can probably expect the sky to be the limit for this full-on, archly flamboyant musical sending up, while celebrating, true crime podcasts and have-a-go sleuthers.

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Theatre Travels 45 days ago

It is beyond fabulous; it’s high camp fun, fun, fun!

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Longstaff Reviews (4/5 stars) 47 days ago

This is a show that effortlessly delights, impossible not to adore, and ready to take on the world.

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North West End UK (5/5 stars) 50 days ago

his musical comedy is funny, and the word is out.

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