LIZZIE comes to the Dukes Lancaster from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October 

LIZZIE explores the life of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in the late summer of 1892. 

The punk rock musical, which premiered in New York in 2009, delves into Lizzie’s complex psyche and speculates on the motivations she may have had: loss of inheritance, history of sexual abuse, oppression, and madness. Lizzie, along with her older sister Emma, maid Bridget, and neighbour Alice, bring to life the infamous story supported on stage by an all-female band. 

LIZZIE will be directed and choreographed by Hope Mill Theatre co-founder William Whelton, and has music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner and a book by Tim Maner.

Lauren Drew (SIX, Legally Blonde, The Voice) will play Lizzie, Maiya Quansah-Breed (SIX, Rent) is Alice, Shekinah McFarlane (SIX, Parade, The Voice) will play Emma, and Mairi Barclay (Pippin, Mother Goose) will take the role of Bridget. Joining the cast is Ayesha Patel (Broken Wings) as cover Bridget and Emma, and Emma Louise Hoey (Club Mex) as cover Lizzie and Alice.

Lizzie is Rage! Sex! Betrayal! Bloody Murder!

LIZZIE has swung her axe in over 60 cities, in 6 countries, in 5 languages, across 4 continents and has been honoured with dozens of awards including 8 Best Musical Awards! (and she’s still swinging…)

Produced by Hope Mill Theatre, Director/Choreographer William Whelton, Set and Lighting Design Andrew Exeter, Musical Supervision Katy Richardson, Associate Choreographer Yandass Ndlovu. Video Design Dan Light, Musical Direction Honor Halford-Macleod, Costume Design Rachel Tansey, Sound Design Adam Fisher and Casting by Pearson Casting CDG CDA CSA.

Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt 

Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner 

Book by Tim Maner 

Additional Music by Tim Maner 

Additional Lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt 

Based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner 

Orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewit

LIZZIE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (

Dukes Lancaster

5th - 8th October




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