Full company announced for ‘ASSASSINS’ at Chichester Festival Theatre

The full company has been announced for the upcoming Chichester Festival Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman‘s (book) Tony Award-winning musical, ASSASSINS, which runs from 3 to 24 June 2023.

Audiences will be catapulted into the American political arena where music, folklore and show-business collide head-on with the American Dream for this first major production of the musical since the composer’s death in 2021.

Directed by Polly Findlay, the full company will include Amy Booth-Steel as Moore, Daniel Bowskill as Onstage Swing, Luke Brady as Zangara, Lizzy Connolly as Balladeer 2, Ivan De Freitas as Bystander 2, Carly Mercedes Dyer as Fromme, Peter Forbes as The Proprietor, Bob Harms as Bystander 1, Harry Hepple as Guiteau, Nick Holder as Byck, Charlotte Jaconelli as Goldman, Danny Mac as Booth, Kody Mortimer as Bystander 4, Sam Oladeinde as Czolgosz, Jaimie Pruden as Onstage Swing, Jack Shalloo as Hinckley, Liam Tamne as Balladeer 1, and Samuel Thomas as Oswald/Balladeer 3.

A surreal carnival. And a group of people who have one thing in common: they want to assassinate the President of the United States.

Some succeed, some fail. But there’s a prize for them all: a place in the history books.

John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Leon Czolgosz. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. John Hinckley. Charles Guiteau. Sara Jane Moore. Giuseppe Zangara. Samuel Byck. Men and women whose fervour took them to the very edge.

For audiences, the experience will begin as soon as they step into the theatre foyer, where smells, sights and sounds will sweep them into the carnival.

ASSASSINS is full of high drama, with musical influences ranging from The Carpenters and James Taylor to American folk songs and Scott Joplin. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, this biting musical comedy takes us on a daring, time-bending journey through American history.

The designer is Lizzie Clachan, and the choreographer, Neil Bettles; musical supervisor Richard John, musical director Jo Cichonska, orchestrator Michael Starobin, lighting designer Richard Howell, sound designer Gregory Clarke, video designer Akhila Krishnan, fight director Kate Waters, and casting directors Charlotte Sutton CDG and Christopher Worrall.

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