13 August – 14 September 2024




“The electric bloody chair! I’m told when that goes wrong they come out sizzling like a bloody steak.”

It’s 1965, and capital punishment has just been abolished in the UK.

In a dingy pub in the north of England, the landlord, Harry, who until recently was known as ‘the second-best hangman in Britain’, holds court.

Surrounded by a motley crew of sycophants and hangers-on, he relishes the celebrity his profession has brought him.

His wife works behind the bar; neither seems to notice that their anxious, awkward teenage daughter is ripe for exploitation.

The arrival of a mysterious stranger from London creates an atmosphere toxic with suspicion, and when Harry’s arch-rival turns up, the clash of egos is both brutal and desperately sad.

This brilliant, funny and wildly off-beat play ((from the acclaimed writer of In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Lonesome West) is a stinging condemnation of state-sanctioned murder delivered with furious, macabre humour.

Winner: 2015 Olivier Award for Best Play

“Tremendous, terrifying, electric.” The Guardian

creative team

Director Deborah Mulhall
Set Designer Tom Bannerman 
Lighting Designer Tim Carter
Sound Designers Mehran Mortezaei, Deborah Mulhall
Costume Designer Helen Kholhagen
Assistant Director Tim Carter
Stage Manager Owen Hirshfeild 
ASM Alastor Gooley
Lighting/Sound Operator Ricci Costa
Dialect Coach Mark G. Nagle


Alastair Brown, Kim Clifton
Nathan Farrow, Owen Hirschfeld
Sonya Kerr, Tom Massey
James McCrudden, Jack Elliot Mitchell
Gerry Mullaly, Georgia Nicholas
Reuben Solomon, Robert Snars



Preview Tue 13 Aug 7:30pm
Opening Night Wed 14 Aug 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm
Final performance Sat 14 Sep 2pm

Running time: to be advised

Please note: latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance



Full $37
Concessions, Groups (6+) $32
New Theatre Members $25
Thrifty Thursdays $25
Preview $20
(Booking and transaction fees apply)

Patrons please note: New Theatre is now EFTPOS-only
at Front of House for both ticket and bar sales.

COVID- Safe protocols:
QR code and vaccination checks are no longer required.

Face masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Main image: © Somchai Som/Shutterstock