David Benson – Cato Street 1820

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 15:15
  • Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-18
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: David Benson
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, scenes of violence and scenes that some may find disturbing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Benson shares his fascination with the infamous plot to murder Lord Liverpool's entire cabinet and the grisly aftermath on the gallows at Newgate. Drawing on verbatim accounts, hear how outrage at the 1819 Peterloo Massacre led five men into a deadly trap. Gruesome and disturbing at times, the tale has uncanny resonance today, as Benson explores, in this highly original entertainment. 'Masterful comic timing... miss him at your peril' (Independent). Double Fringe First winner for Think No Evil of Us – My Life with Kenneth Williams, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift
  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Dates, Times and Prices