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Burke and Hare comes to Jermyn Street Theatre for Christmas

Burke and Hare. The Watermill Theatre. Alex Parry. Photo by Philip Tull.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A WATERMILL Theatre production, originally created by Jenny Wren Productions, Burke and Hare by Tom Wentworth runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from Wednesday, November 28 to Friday, December 21, 2018.

It’s 1828. In the dank, mist shrouded streets of Edinburgh two enterprising men go about their business. Their goal is to make money by whatever means necessary. William Burke and William Hare are about to hit upon the perfect scheme. The first rule of commerce? Supply and demand.

In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and inconveniently people aren’t dying in enough numbers to meet the need. The profitable solution? Murder, of course. As the infamous pair flourish in their new careers, the more they murder, the less they care. But for how long will they get away with it? How long will they go on making a killing?

This new black comedy is as hysterical as it is historical. Following last year’s uproarious The Hound of the Baskervilles, three actors once again take on a host of vivid characters.

Tom Wentworth’s Burke and Hare premiered at The Watermill Theatre in spring this year and toured to 21 rural venues to sell out audience and rave reviews.

Playing multiple parts, the cast includes Katy Daghorn (as Mrs Hare), Alex Parry (William Hare) and Hayden Wood (William Burke).

Burke and Hare is directed by Abigail Pickard Price and designed by Toots Butcher, with lighting design by Harry Armytage.

Burke and Hare is the final play in Jermyn Street Theatre’s REBELS SEASON.

Image: Alex Parry in Burke and Hare at The Watermill Theatre. Photo by Philip Tull.

Tickets: £10 – £30. 100 tickets at £10 for under-30s for each production, and £15 preview tickets. Please note that after Saturday, December 8 all tickets are full price. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit

Times: 7:30pm evenings, with matinees at 3.30pm.

Running time: Around 90 minutes.

Portrait Season Spring/Summer 2019 at Jermyn Street Theatre.