The cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, including Tony winner Jefferson Mays, took a break in between the matinee and evening performance on Wednesday to enjoy tea and biscuits at the Downton Abbey food truck. The truck is in New York this week to promote the fourth season of the popular British series, premiering on PBS Masterpiece Jan. 5, 2014. The truck will be on Broadway between 66th and 67th on Fri. Dec. 13 from 11am to 7 pm. The treats are free for all, not just Broadway stars, and are served by workers dressed in Edwardian garb.
Since the Broadway show and the series are both set in Edwardian England, the two are a natural pair. While Downton Abbey follows the lives of Lord Grantham, his wife, daughters and house full of servants, the musical’s plot concerns ne’er-do-well Monty Navarro who discovers he is ninth in line to the fabulous D’Ysquith family earldom and fortune. Monty systemically knocks off the eight D’Ysquith relatives who stand in his way. All of the victims are played by Mays, repeating his multiple-personality performance from productions of the show at the Hartford Stage and San Diego’s Old Globe Theater.