How much do you know about the real Burke and Hare? Tom Wentworth’s new stage comedy about the Edinburgh serial killers, who got their just comeuppance on Christmas Day, gets its London premiere this week at Jermyn Street Theatre. Check out the trailer with review highlights from its dates at the Watermill Theatre and on tour. 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 Christmas season from 28 November to 21 December 2018, with a press night on 30 November. And the festive scheduling is no accident!
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, who were tried on Christmas Eve, 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 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 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!