Four plays. Five murderers. Five victims.
Based on the true stories of five of Broadmoor’s most notorious inmates from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the people they murdered. The closely linked plays of Lullabies of Broadmoor weave together a rich, dark, Gothic tragicomedy about murder, love, madness, personal responsibility and redemption.
"The dramas are like distorted images of each other, as they juggle with issues such as responsibility and redemption and the relationship between illegitimate individual acts of murder and publicly sanctioned mass killing ... absorbing and atmospheric." Paul Taylor, Independent
"A no-holds-barred assault on our moral and sexual conventions, our
assumptions about sanity and madness and on a society that claims to be civilised, yet seems to thrive on war." Tom Mellen, Morning Star
"Author Steve Hennessy has created a cycle of morality plays for the modern psyche - a steady, occasionally witty, yet stylised quartet of plays that are eminently watchable, deeply moral and yet refuse to preach or exact any retrospective reform." - The Stage
“These are Gothic plays of murder, love, obsession, responsibility, and redemption directed with delicacy and sensitivity to the crimes committed while recreating an atmosphere of both period and place... One of those rare moments in theatre where it all jells into a complete whole.” Blanche Marvin, London Theatreviews
“Hennessy’s excellent use of language makes Lullabies of Broadmoor a real treat for the young-at-heart as this production is storytelling for adults at its very best.” Lori Hopkins, A Younger Theatre
“Hennessy offers four hours of drama that is disturbing, distressing, and richly absorbing.” Sam Marlowe, The Times