Executioner Number One

Executioner Number One

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

“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

Soho Meets Toby Withouse
Read the interview 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 Mark Gatiss & 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 guests Mark Gatiss, writer and star of Sherlock and Doctor Who, and 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.

Executioner Number One Performances

Wed 29 Mar 7:00pm
Thu 30 Mar 7:00pm
Fri 31 Mar 7:00pm
Sat 1 Apr 3:30pm
Sat 1 Apr 7:00pm
Tue 4 Apr 7:00pm
Wed 5 Apr 7:00pm
Thu 6 Apr 7:00pm
Fri 7 Apr 7:00pm
Sat 8 Apr 3:30pm
Sat 8 Apr 7:00pm
Tue 11 Apr 7:00pm
Wed 12 Apr 7:00pm
Thu 13 Apr 7:00pm
Fri 14 Apr 7:00pm
Sat 15 Apr 3:30pm
Sat 15 Apr 7:00pm

Praise for previous work

‘A satisfyingly rich work, with strong characterisation, sharp dialogue and a powerful narrative drive… You leave convinced you have encountered a distinctive and hugely sympathetic talent.’
Telegraph, for Jump Mr Malinoff Jump

‘Brilliantly funny and deceptively tender.’
Evening Standard for Jump Mr Malinoff Jump

‘A terrific play, funny as hell.’
Sunday Times for Blue Eyes and Heels

‘It really is a knockout.’
Metro for Blue Eyes and Heels

‘The charm of the show lies in the delicate balance of engrossing drama and disarming humour’
New York Times for Being Human

‘When you think about what this series has achieved – the closeness-to-the-bone of the writing – it still feels like the sort of landmark show that doesn’t come along very often.’
Guardian for Being Human

‘The Game is next-level entertainment, courtesy of smart scripts and a cast of finely drawn characters.’
Entertainment Weekly for The Game

‘We are, of course, deep in le Carré country here, and the production already has something of the look and feel of the classic 1973-set Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There is little higher praise.’
Telegraph for The Game