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The State vs John Hayes

  • King's Head Theatre 115 Upper Street London, N1 1QN United Kingdom (map)

OCT 28 - NOV 22

Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm, (4pm Sunday matinees), 1hr



Award-winning theatre company Epsilon Productions brings their critically acclaimed, award-winning production of The State vs John Hayes to headline the King’s Head Theatre’s new #Festival45 this November.

Huntsville prison, Texas, 1959; Elyese Dukie is on Death Row for murdering her husband and her lover. Tomorrow she goes to court for the last time. But tonight Elyese reveals the one thing she won't tell the court or the string of psychiatrists sent to diagnose her: that she is not alone in her cell... John Hayes is in there with her. 

Psychopath or seductress? Murderer or manipulator? Psychiatric hospital or the electric chair? What does she deserve? Writer and performer Lucy Roslyn’s striking one-act, psychological thriller is based on extensive research into real-life female killers and laced with dark humour, directed by Epsilon Production’s artistic director Jemma Gross.

Epsilon Productions makes exhilarating, risk-taking theatre. Recent work includes Chicken Shop, written by Anna Jordan, at the Park Theatre. Chicken Shop was also directed by Jemma Gross and starred Lucy Roslyn. “Epsilon is a thriving independent theatre company” – The Times (Chicken Shop) “Over the past few years, Epsilon Productions have been making quite a splash with some powerful, high quality work” – London Theatre Guide (Skin Tight).

Join the King’s Head in celebrating the final months of its 45th year with their inaugural new writing festival, #Festival45. Featuring the best of major UK arts festivals, they’ve opened their doors to 23 different shows from 23 exciting young companies over 5 weeks.


Winner of the Argus Angel Award (Brighton Fringe 2015)

Winner of London Fringe Production of the Year 2014 (Epsilon Productions for Chicken Shop)


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Later Event: October 29
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