20th Mar 2018 - 8th Apr 2018

Main House - Pleasance London

7:30pm, 2:30pm, 5pm


“You wanna shoot a president?”

Over the last 152 years, 9 Americans have tried to kill – no, assassinate - 8 American presidents, only 4 of them successfully. Why?
Sondheim’s Assassins tells us the story of these ambitious, deluded, passionate, desperate people who believed that the solution to their problems was to shoot the guy in charge.

From the composer of Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Follies and Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins comes to the Pleasance Theatre, Islington for a limited 3-week run. Sondheim’s charming score goes to dark, bold and hysterical places showing us people who made history by simply pulling a trigger…

“When you kill a president, it isn’t murder. Murder is a tawdry little crime, born of greed, lust, or liquor. Adulterers and shopkeepers get murdered. But when a President gets killed, when Julius Caesar got killed… he was assassinated.”

But does that make it right?

Director: Louise Bakker
Musical Director: Jordan Clarke

ASSASSINS is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr.

Original orchestration by Michael Starobin

Playwright Horizons Inc., New York City, produced ASSASSINS off-Broadway in 1990

First Broadway production, 2004, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Artistic Director

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

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