After its current critically acclaimed hit with Proud Haddock’s production of World War One musical two-hander Billy Bishop Goes to War, Jermyn Street concludes this year’s Rebels season with the transfer of murderous black comedy three-hander Burke and Hare. Check out photos from the show’s original run at the Watermill Theatre. Time to get booking!
Tom Wentworth‘s new play Burke and Hare, telling the story of two men who commit go on a killing spree in the name of science, gets its London premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in a limited season from 28 November to 21 December 2018, with a press night on 30 November.
It’s 1828. In the dank, mist-shrouded streets of Edinburgh, two enterprising men go about their business. Their goal is to make money by whatever means necessary. William Burke and William Hare are about to hit upon the perfect scheme. The first rule of commerce? Supply and demand.
In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and, inconveniently, people aren’t dying in enough numbers to meet the need. The profitable solution? Murder, of course. As the infamous pair flourish in their new careers, the more they murder, the less they care. But for how long will they get away with it? How long will they go on making a killing?
This new black comedy is as hysterical as it is historical. The true story of the 19th-century Edinburgh serial killers also recently inspired the 2010 film Burke & Hare, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis and directed by John Landis.
Onstage at Jermyn Street, following last year’s uproarious staging of Sherlock Holmes classic The Hound of the Baskervilles, three actors once again take on a host of vivid characters. Wentworth’s Burke and Hare premiered at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury this past April and subsequently toured to 21 rural venues to sell-out audiences and rave reviews.
Playing multiple parts, the cast comprises Katy Daghorn (as Mrs Hare), Alex Parry (William Hare) and Hayden Wood (William Burke). Burke and Hare is directed by Abigail Pickard Price and designed by Toots Butcher with lighting design by Harry Armytage. The show was originally created by Jenny Wren Productions.
Burke and Hare is the final play in Jermyn Street Theatre’s Rebels season. It follows included Alice Allemano’s About Leo, Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran and Billy Bishop Goes To War by John Gray with Eric Peterson, which finishes its run on 24 November.
Burke and Hare runs from 28 November to 21 December 2018 at Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £15-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Production photography from the Watermill run is by Philip Tull.