Paperback, 120 pages ISBN: 9781559360388Publication Date:
2 Jan 1992
Size: 214mm x 137mm£19.99
First Staged:
New York, 1991; West End, 1992


By Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman

Paperback £19.99

A dark and funny look at the end of the American dream - Stephen Sondheim lifts musical theatre to new heights of brilliance.

Dallas, November 22, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald, panicking and alone, lifts a gun to his own head and prepares to die. Everyone who has tried to kill the President of the United States appears to help him change his mind. They may well succeed - these are men and women who will do anything to get famous.

Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It first opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in December 1990. 

Assassins opened in London at the Donmar Warehouse in October 1992, in a production directed by Sam Mendes.

A 2004 Broadway production of the musical won five Tony Awards.

Press Quotes

'Brutally clever and inventive... a deeply unsettling yet seductive show'


'Nothing quite prepares you for the disturbing brilliance of Assassins'

New York Times

'A time-warping satire that is every bit as relevant today, in 2023, as it was when the play was originally staged... full of acerbic humour, rage, compassion and the stuff of bated breaths... a brilliantly provocative piece to chew on'


'Dark, demented humour, as horrifying as it is hilarious'

Associated Press

'Intelligent and thrilling musical theatre. Dazzling in its originality'


'Killer... darkly entertaining and deeply scary... stunning musical theatre... it will blow you away'

The Stage

'A dark, dazzling and dangerously current exploration of politics, the media and humanity... a hit'


'Strange, upsetting and darkly funny'

Broadway World

'A real wow of a show... stylish, classy and bitingly funny... fantastic!'

British Theatre Guide

'Brilliant and idiosyncratic'

Paperback,120 pages ISBN: 9781559360388Publication Date:
2 Jan 1992
Size: 214mm x 137mm£19.99

Also by Stephen Sondheim:

Sweeney Todd
Pacific Overtures
Sunday in the Park with George
Company: The Complete Revised Book and Lyrics
A Little Night Music
Into the Woods
Getting Away With Murder
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Road Show

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Also by John Weidman:

Pacific Overtures
Road Show

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