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The Watermill Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present


Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

'Clever and inventive' The Guardian

‘Daring and still startlingly relevant’ ★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

‘A quite extraordinary show’ The Spy in the Stalls

‘The winning combination of actor/musicians works its usual magic’ ★★★★ Whats On Stage

Thu 26 Sep 2019 - Sat 26 Oct 2019

ASSASSINS is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr.
Original orchestrations by Michael Starobin.
Playwrights Horizons Inc., New York City, produced ASSASSINS off-Broadway in 1990.
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited. 


'Murder is a tawdry little crime. But when a president gets killed… he gets assassinated.’

A man sits in a storeroom on the sixth floor of a Book Depository in Texas waiting for John F. Kennedy’s motorcade to pass below. He rests his finger on the trigger, ready to join a line of men and women who have shot their way into the history books.

Assassins is a satirical and stylish look at why individuals reach for a gun when they feel their voice can’t be heard. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to perform harrowing acts. Clever, funny and thought-provoking, this is a musical about the power of the President, the lure of celebrity and the failure of the American Dream.

This multiple Tony award-winning vaudeville style show is a modern classic. Following the success of A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, The Watermill returns to Sondheim with a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians.

This production includes themes of violence and contains strong language.
Age guidance 14+

Running Time
Please note, there will be no interval during Assassins.

The running time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval. 

Please call the box office if you require further details on 01635 46044


Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Designed by Simon Kenny
Musical Supervision and Arrangements
by Catherine Jayes
Associate Director and Choreographer Georgina Lamb
Lighting Designed by Ben Ormerod
Sound Designed by Chris Full

Peter Dukes

Leon Czolgosz

Eddie Elliott

Charles Guiteau

Phoebe Fildes

Emma Goldman

Lillie Flynn


Joey Hickman


Matthew James Hinchliffe


Evelyn Hoskins

Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme

Grace Lancaster


Alex Mugnaioni

John Wilkes Booth

Simon Oskarsson


Sara Poyzer

Sara Jane Moore

Jack Quarton

John Hinckley

Ned Rudkins-Stow

Lee Harvey Oswald

Steve Simmonds

Samuel Byck

Zheng Xi Yong

Giuseppe Zangara