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John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth was a famous American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln, and strongly opposed the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Booth and a group of co-conspirators originally plotted to kidnap Lincoln, but later planned to kill him, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward in a bid to help the Confederacy's cause. Although Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered four days earlier, Booth believed the American Civil War was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army was still fighting the Union Army. Of the conspirators, only Booth was completely successful in carrying out his respective part of the plot. After Booth shot him once in the back of the head, Lincoln died the next morning. Seward was severely wounded but recovered. Vice-President Johnson was never attacked at all.


John Wilkes Booth is preparing for

  • The Full Monty - Costume Designer

    21:00, Sat 25th July 2020 - Tue 28th July 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek.
    In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buff…

  • Beauty and the Beast - Clarinet

    19:15, Sun 2nd August 2020 - Wed 5th August 2020 at Almeida Theatre

    Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name. Seven new songs were…

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Lighting Designer

    20:45, Sat 12th September 2020 - Tue 15th September 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name. The story…

  • The Good Person of Szechwan - Producer

    12:15, Sun 15th November 2020 at Random Venue 72
    20:00, Wed 18th November 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    19:45, Fri 20th November 2020 at Almeida Theatre
    19:30, Sun 22nd November 2020 at Savoy Theatre
    19:45, Wed 25th November 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    12:15, Fri 27th November 2020 at Random Venue 64
    19:15, Mon 30th November 2020 at Gielgud Theatre
    19:15, Wed 2nd December 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    13:30, Fri 4th December 2020 at Royal Court Theatre

    The Good Person of Szechwan is a play written by the German theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Margarete Steffin and Ruth Berlau. The play was begun in 1938 but not completed…

  • Bye Bye Birdie - The Mayor

    15:45, Sat 5th December 2020 - Wed 9th December 2020 at Random Venue 77

    Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.
    Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958.…

  • The Lion King - Shenzi

    19:30, Sat 6th February 2021 - Thu 11th February 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    10:30, Sat 13th February 2021 - Thu 18th February 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    19:15, Sat 20th February 2021 - Thu 25th February 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrange…

  • The Trojan Women - Lighting Designer, Sound Designer

    21:00, Fri 23rd April 2021 - Tue 27th April 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    The Trojan Women, also known as Troades, is a tragedy by the Greek playwright Euripides. Produced in 415 BC during the Peloponnesian War, it is often considered a commentary on the capture of the Aegean…

  • Starlight Express - Dustin the Big Hopper

    21:00, Sat 28th August 2021 - Wed 1st September 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a…

  • Cats - Griddlebone

    20:30, Mon 30th August 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they…

  • Damn Yankees - Sister

    19:45, Sun 5th December 2021 - Thu 9th December 2021 at Savoy Theatre

    Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during…

  • South Pacific - Viola

    19:15, Wed 5th January 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre

    South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate success,…

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