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Burke and Hare – a play by Tom Wentworth


A full length play for 3 actors

216 x 140mm, B & W inners, 178pp
ISBN 978-1-911048-43-5
Publication date 21 January 2021

£10.99 (included p&p)

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There’s an awful lot of bodies in Edinburgh, they’re just not dead yet

Pitch-black and wickedly funny… Tom Wentworth’s writing pitches the title characters’ nefarious deeds as a thrilling yarn rather than a cautionary tale.  The Stage

A gleeful mash-up of history and prurient penny-dreadful scandal, fast, funny and ever so slightly sick. The Sunday Times

An absolute blast…rapid, adept and funny. Libby Purves

Hare raising hilarity…drop dead funny Reviews Gate

An instantly likeable, rip-roaring treatment of an old tale makes this production irresistible. Everything Theatre

I loved every black comedy minute of it, laughing with tears streaming down my face. Remote Goat

Thoroughly recommended as an uproarious evening out! London Theatre 1

The raucous script and the company’s comedic chemistry… own the tongue-in-cheek jet-black humour and deploy weapons of mass-hilarity. Broadway World


Tom is the finest possible partner in crime, a joy to work with in every sense of the word.
In Burke and Hare he has managed to pen a story about some of the most dangerous men in history and yet does so with great compassion and brilliant wit.
Serving the truth of the story with integrity, all the while with a mischievous grin.
I hope many future companies have as much fun with the brilliant Burke and Hare as we did.
Abigail Pickard Price, Director

What has always stood out to me in the early drafts, was Tom’s wry sensibility as a playwright and his ability to pull the rug from beneath your feet when you least expected it.
Paul Hart Artistic Director of The Watermill Theatre

Tom’s script may appear simple, but it’s more than a little artful.
Wonderful performances, an inventive design, a lively production full of fun – it was a perfect way to pass a winter evening.
I hope it goes on to enjoy many more productions.
Tom Littler Artistic Director, Jermyn Street Theatre



Tom Wentworth’s recent credits for Theatre include: Burke and Hare The Watermill Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre; Bully Recipient of an MGCfutures Bursary and performed at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bee Happy Old Red Lion Theatre, London; Windy Old Fossils Pentabus, performed at The Charlton Arms, Ludlow – also published by Fair Acre Press.

Tom Wentworth’s recent credits for Television: CripTales: The Real Deal (BBC Studios for BBC Four/BBC America) which aired in October 2020.

“THE REAL DEAL starring Liz Carr reads like a grim update of Alan Bennett’s A Lady of Letters” – THE SUNDAY TIMES
“A wickedly amusing tale – Financial Times”



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