Executioner Number One

Executioner Number One

  • By Toby Whithouse
  • Wed 29 Mar - Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7pm
  • From £10

‘Sharply written, accessible satire. It keeps tightening its noose until laughter becomes a rasp.’

“What this job needs is an experienced pair of hands. It’s a sober business, not Storage Hunters.”

The world premiere of a new black comedy, written and performed by So You Think You’re Funny finalist and the award-winning creator of Being Human and writer of Doctor Who,Toby Whithouse, who had the opening production of Soho Theatre’s Dean Street home in 2000 with his Verity Bargate Award-winning play Jump Mr Maniloff Jump.

After an overwhelming public vote brought back the death penalty 40 years ago, Ian has had one ambition: to be the country’s most senior hangman. With the death of the current Executioner Number One, his goal is within reach.

Toby Whithouse joins forces with former Soho Associate Director Jonathan Lloyd, designer Andrew Purcell (Being Human), and lighting designer Chahine Yavroyan (Let the Right One In) to present the world premiere of a brilliant and devastating dark comedy.

Running Time: 60 minutes
Age Recommendation: 16 +

Watch the trailer here

Read audience reviews here

Captioned Performance
Wed 12 Apr at 7pm

Q&A with Toby Whithouse
Sat 1 Apr

After the matinee performance, please stay for a Q&A with Toby and the creatives behind Executioner Number One to discuss the play and the challenges of its, well, execution.

Post Show Discussion with Dawn King
Sat 8 Apr

From Nineteen Eighty Four to The Hunger Games, dystopian worlds have thrilled and terrified us. Do they fascinate us because they are so reassuringly remote, or are they warnings of what might be?

Join Toby Whithouse after the matinee and his very special guest Dawn King, multi award winning writer of Foxfinder and Brave New World to discuss the problems and delights of bringing these grim but all too plausible worlds to the stage and screen.

Apologies that Mark Gatiss can no longer be with us for this session.

Read audience reviews here

‘Whithouse has flawlessly created a richly imagined character whose passion for his gruesome job gives rise to plenty of macabre humour.’
British Theatre

‘A detailed and giftedly comic performance.’
Time Out

‘Works just as well as a character study about the weight of inhumane power as it does a social commentary.’

‘A man who puts the anal into “banality of evil”.’
What’s On Stage

‘For my money (Whithouse has) never created a character this gut-bustingly hilarious.’
Den of Geek