Assassins is the latest musical by Stephen Sondheim to take to the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. First performed Off-Broadway in 1990, the macabre musical is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It follows the stories of the men and women who attempted to assassinate the Presidents of the United States, with varying music used to represent the style of music popular in the era of each assassination. The music expertly spans almost a hundred years, with Sondheim’s magnificent musical writing skilfully leading us through each assassination (or attempted assassination) and onto the next.
The current production, directed by Olivier award winning director Jamie Lloyd runs until March 7th. The production stars a host of prolific actors including Aaron Tveit (Graceland, film adaptation of Les Misérables), Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, The Office) and Jamie Parker (The History Boys), amongst others. With such a strong cast and an excellent show, this production is a sure fire success.
Tickets for the production are completely sold out on the Menier Chocolate Factory website, but may be available elsewhere.