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The Watermill Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present

ASSASSINS

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
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 

Thu 26 Sep 2019 - Sat 26 Oct 2019

FRIENDS OF THE WATERMILL PRIORITY BOOKING OPENS FRIDAY 12 APRIL AT 10AM
GENERAL BOOKING OPENS TUESDAY 23 APRIL AT 10AM


‘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.

 

Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Musical Supervision and Orchestration
by Catherine Jayes
Designed by Simon Kenny