Theatre Royal Plymouth - 49 Donkeys Hanged

Theatre Royal Plymouth - 49 Donkeys Hanged

Following Strange Tales (From The West Country) the recent critically acclaimed mini season* at Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth is back on home turf next month with 49 Donkeys Hanged by Carl Grose, a dark, surreal new comedy about a man addicted to hanging donkeys.

Simon Stokes directs Dom Coyote, Buffy Davis, Ed Gaughan, William Hartley, Veronica Roberts, and Joe Shire in this extraordinary new tale from the writer of The Grinning Man and The Tin Drum.  Stanley Bray, a Cornish farmer, is compelled to hang donkeys while his wife Joy is desperate to get out of the house.  Their way of life is fast disappearing, the farm is going under, and this is Stanley’s bizarre response.

Dom Coyote is a composer, musical director and performer. His recent stage credits include The Tin Drum (Kneehigh), While We’re Here (Bush Theatre/Up In Arms), As The Crow Flies (Pentabus), Songs For The End Of The World (UK Tour), Still Waiting (Crew For Calais/The Vaults), Rise, (Old Vic), The Borrowers (Sherman Cymru).

Buffy Davis’ stage credits include Ugly Lies The Bone (National Theatre), Once In A Lifetime, Uncle Vanya, The Government Inspector (Young Vic), Hedda Gabler, The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic), The School for Scandal (Park Theatre), The Silver Lake, The Beggar’s Opera (Wilton’s Music Hall), Wandsworth Warmers (Drill Hall), Punchbag (Hampstead Theatre), The Norman Conquests (Stephen Joseph Theatre).

Ed Gaughan’s stage credits include Frankenstein, Wind In The Willows by Alan Bennett and Hedda Gabler, This is Not a Love Story (Northern Stage), Herons (Lyric Hammersmith), The Birthday Party (The Royal Exchange), and The Dream (Lyric Hammersmith/Latitude Festival).

William Hartley’s stage credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde and Chekhov’s Shorts (European Arts Company) and Lovesong of The Electric Bear (The Hope Theatre).

Veronica Roberts’s stage credits include Uncle Vanya (Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Crucible), After Electra (Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Meeting Bea, Housewife 49, Sherlock’s Last Case (Old Laundry Theatre), Horse Piss for Blood (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester, UK Tour, West End and Toronto), Separate Tables (Chichester), Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Newbury), The Glass Menagerie (Lancaster), The Shell Seekers (UK Tour), Being Olivia (Croydon), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick West End), Crime and Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith), Mrs Warren’s Profession (Lyric Belfast).

Joe Shire’s stage credits include The Tempest (RSC), Hammer House Of Horror Live (Hammer Live), Theatre Uncut: Refugee (Theatre Uncut), Wonderwoman (National Theatre Wales), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dream East Theatre Company), and Counting Stars (Ecclessia Theatre) and Hotel (National Theatre).

Carl Grose has worked extensively with Kneehigh Theatre as both writer and actor.  His writing for the Cornwall based company includes The Tin Drum, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Wild Bride and Tristan & Yseult

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, his critically acclaimed musical The Grinning Man has now transferred to the West End. Carl has also written for both television and radio and is co-founder of the Cornish film and theatre company O-Region. 

Carl has a long-standing relationship with Theatre Royal Plymouth, and with Simon Stokes, and his plays Horse Piss For Blood and Grand Guignol were both directed by Simon Stokes and produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Simon Stokes, Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Artistic Director, is recognised as one of the country’s leading pioneers of new writing and experiment in British Theatre. He was an Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in the 70s and 80s and since then has directed in the West End, elsewhere in the UK, in Europe and in America. Since he has been Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Plymouth has won, or been nominated for, over 30 major awards for producing new plays. A maverick director of ground-breaking, bold innovative new work, Stokes has consistently surprised audiences with his many ambitious collaborations.

As well as a wide commissioning programme for local and national writers, the Drum has long-standing co-production relationships with companies ranging from Frantic Assembly and Paines Plough to Told by an Idiot and Belgian radicals, Ontroerend Goed.

Tickets are priced at £15 and can be booked online at or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.

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