‘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+
Please note, there will be no interval during Assassins.
The running time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval. The exact running time will be available following the first performance on Thursday 26 September.
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
Matthew James Hinchliffe
Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
John Wilkes Booth
Sara Jane Moore
Lee Harvey Oswald
Zheng Xi Yong