The Great Middlemarch Mystery, by Dash Arts


Taking place across four locations in the Cathedral Quarter in Coventry, The Great Middlemarch Mystery will run from Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 April 2022.

Step into the reimagined world of one of the greatest English novels ever written, on the streets of Coventry.

Part-immersive theatre experience and part-mystery game, The Great Middlemarch Mystery puts a modern twist on George Eliot’s Middlemarch and its story of the hopes, dreams, disappointments and scandals lived out within a Midlands town. 

Follow the interwoven lives of the townsfolk of Middlemarch as they meet with triumph and ruin, and help them unearth a terrible secret at its heart. Who is the stranger with unfinished business in Middlemarch? And what is the meaning of his untimely death? 

Gather clues as the story unfolds between four historic venues in central Coventry before coming together to solve the mystery in this interactive adventure from Dash Arts.

Directed and adapted by Josephine Burton
Researched and co-developed by Professor Ruth Livesey
Designer: Alex Podger
Associate Designer: Bryan Woltjen

A Dash Arts production.

Supported by the UK Research and Innovation Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Warwick Arts Centre, The Garrick Charitable Trust, Royal Holloway, University of London, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Three Monkies Trust, the Middlemarch Giving Circle and The Thistle Trust. Part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.


In February 2022, Dash Arts are running a series of performance workshops leading to the opportunity to take part in the professional production detailed above. Find out more here including how you can get involved.