The Lizzie Play

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
GBS Theatre
Sat 1 July, 7:15pm;
Mon 3 July, 2:15pm (inc. Q&A);
Tue 4 July, 9:15pm;
Thu 06 July, 9:15pm;
Fri 07 July, 4:15pm;
Sat 08 July, 7:15pm.
£12/ £6 concession

August 4th, 1892, Fall River Massachusetts.

Mr Borden strokes his stocks and bonds; Mrs Borden ceaselessly eats. Their exhausted maid takes to her sweltering attic bed. They’re all out of sorts. Daughter Lizzie, too, feels peculiar, isn’t quite herself today. In the blistering morning heat, she irons. She could have escaped the heat, could have joined her sister at the beach. Emma begged her to come, begged her not to stay in Fall River, not to stay in the Borden house for one more minute. As if under a spell, Lizzie couldn't leave. Lizzie had a pressing date with destiny. Lizzie Borden took an axe...

Directed by Nona Shepphard, based on "The Fall River Axe Murders" by Angela Carter, adapted by Deirdre Strath, The Lizzie Play scavenges trial transcripts, newspaper reports and true crime writing to give a darkly humorous, haunting retelling of a brutal and curiously tidy act of parental butchery.

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