Burke and Hare



28 November -
21 December 2018


“There’s an awful lot of bodies in Edinburgh, they’re just not dead yet.”

1828, Edinburgh. William Burke and William Hare hit on a new money-making scheme. The first rule of business? Supply and demand. In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and inconveniently few deaths. 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?

Tom Wentworth’s new black comedy is as hysterical as it is historical.

Tom Wentworth is a playwright, broadcaster, and journalist. His recent work includes Burke and Hare, which played Jermyn Street Theatre following a successful run at The Watermill Theatre and a rural tour, as well as projects with new company Unsolicited Theatre. For several years, he wrote The Undergraduate column for Able Magazine about life as a disabled student, and has worked as a Script Editor for the BBC.

Abigail Pickard Price is an Offie-nominated director based in London. She is the Associate Director (New Work and Touring) of The Watermill Theatre.


Katy Daghorn
Mrs Hare
Katy has been seen on stage at Arcola Theatre and Southbank Centre and played several leading roles for the Young Shakespeare Company.
Alex Parry
William Hare
Alex has performed in several productions with Clwyd Theatre Cymru and the Wales Theatre Company.
Hayden Wood
William Burke
Hayden has been seen on the West End in The Play that Goes Wrong and in several shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tom Wentworth
Abigail Pickard Price
Toots Butcher
Set and costume design
Harry Armytage
Lighting design


“The raucous script and the company's comedic chemistry ... own the tongue-in-cheek jet-black humour and deploy weapons of mass-hilarity.”
Broadway World
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“Pitch-black and wickedly funny … bloodthirsty antidote to pantomime.”
The Stage
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“A gleeful mash-up of history and prurient penny-dreadful scandal, fast, funny and ever so slightly sick.”
The Times
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“A very merry romp.”
The Guardian

“An absolute blast ... rapid, adept and funny.”
Libby Purves
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“Hare-raising hilarity...drop dead funny.”
Reviews Gate
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“An instantly likeable, rip-roaring treatment of an old tale makes this production irresistible.”
Everything Theatre
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“Thoroughly recommended as an uproarious evening out!”
London Theatre 1
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“A quiet night in the West End this is not. And quite right too. For what could be more festive than death, deceit and intrigue?”
The Spy in the Stalls
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