Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Menier Chocolate Factory, London
Booking to 7 March 2015
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Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Assassins in a new production by Jamie Lloyd, starring Catherine Tate.


Multi Tony award winning musical Assassins is given a major new revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory this Autumn as Jamie Lloyd (Urinetown, The Commitments) directs Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary musical.

An outstanding cast for Assassins includes Broadway star Aaron Tveit, Catherine Tate (until 8 February), Jamie Parker, Andy Nyman, Simon Lipkin and Mike McShane.

The Menier Chocolate Factory stages Assassins following their acclaimed productions of other Sondheim work including Olivier Award-winning hits Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music and Sunday In The Park With George.

Assassins is designed by Soutra Gilmour with musical direction by Alan Williams, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Gregory Clarke.

Assassins runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015.


A superb cast includes Broadway star Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can) as John Wilkes Booth, acclaimed comedian Catherine Tate as Sara Jane Moore (until 8 February), Jamie Parker as Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald, Andy Nyman as Charles Guiteau, Carly Bawden as Squeaky Fromme, Simon Lipkin as The Proprietor, Mike McShane as Samuel Byck, David Roberts as Czolgosz, Harry Morrison as John Hinckley and Stewart Clarke as Giuseppe Zangara. Marc Akinfolarin, Greg Miller Burns and Melle Stewart play Bystanders.


Michael Xavier will take over the role of John Wilkes Booth from Aaron Tveit, who leaves the show due to a change in filming schedule for his television series Graceland.

Anna Francolini plays Sara Jane Moore from 10 February, with Catherine Tate returning to the role on 24 February until the end of the run.


Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us.

Assassins suggests otherwise…


★★★★★ “Ferocious, twisted, funny and fearsome, this is a theatrical cocktail of bourbon and belladonna.” Express

★★★★★ “In [Jamie] Lloyd’s interpretation, on a set by Soutra Gilmour that resembles the fairground in a horror film, it feels thrilling.” Evening Standard

★★★★★ “An astonishing, audacious musical is given a staging that matches it for intensity and integrity” The Stage

★★★★ “A crackling production” Independent

★★★★ “Darkly entertaining… a terrific ensemble” Telegraph

“A joy to watch” Variety

“Director Jamie Lloyd’s sublime, potent production” Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 March 2015

Important Notes

Please Note: Catherine Tate's final performance will be Sunday 8th February 2015. She will not be appearing in performances 10th February - 7th March 2015. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Venue Information

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Northern line, Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521

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