This darkly humorous historical satire gives a voice to the men and women who set out to kill American presidents – four of them successfully. Do these disturbed and disturbing individuals act because they hope to influence national politics? Or because they are wrapped up in a malignant sense of entitlement? Feeling betrayed by the failed promise of the American Dream, they strike out at the symbol for America, their President, with giddy hopes and grisly outcomes.
Most recently seen in 2014 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Assassins spans many decades of American history and musical styles in a dizzying series of musical and theatrical inventions.
Stephen Sondheim’s career has encompassed more than half a century as a composer and lyricist, one Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Olivier Award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. His work spans some of our greatest musicals such as Gypsy, West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, Into The Woods and A Little Night Music, which was performed at RADA in spring 2017.
Nona Shepphard is one of RADA’s three Associate Directors; she is Creative Director of RADA in Business, and International Consultant at the Lir Academy in Dublin. In recent years at RADA, she has directed Oh! What A Lovely War, The Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline, High Society and Dying for It. Nona regularly writes and directs productions nationally and internationally.
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 7:30pm