Cast of Characters

Principals

  • WILLIAM BURKE
  • WILLIAM HARE
  • MAG LAIRD
  • NELL MCDOUGALL

Main Supporting Cast - speaking parts

  • DR ROBERT KNOX
    • Scenes 4 – Burke, Hare [Ireland and Gray]
    • Scene 6 – side of stage possible
    • Scene 8 – Burke, Hare, Nell, Mag [Ireland and Gray]
    • Scene 13 – Finale.
  • THOMAS IRELAND
    • Scene 4 – Anne Gray, Burke, Hare and Knox.
    • Scene 6 – side stage
    • Scene 8 – Anne Gray [Whisky’s the Bait.]
    • Scene 13 – Anne Gray
  • ANNE GRAY
    • Scene 1 – Principals, Mary Docherty etc.
    • Scene 4 – Ireland, Burke, Hare and Knox.
    • Scene 6 – Principals Ireland and murder victims
    • Scene 8 – Principals, Knox and Thos Ireland
    • Scene 10 – Principals
    • Scene 13 – Thomas Ireland
  • HENRY COCKBURN
    • Scene 2 – Burke
    • Scene 11 – Burke
    • Scene 12 – Rae, Meadowbank, Clerk of Court and Principals
  • SIR WILLIAM RAE QC, LORD ADVOCATE
    • Scene 1 – Principals, Barman, Police and Quincy Adams
    • Scene 10 – ditto
    • Scene 12 – Cockburn, Meadowbank, Clerk and Principals
  • Lord MEADOWBANK
    • Scene 12 – Cockburn, Rae, Clerk and Principals
  • BARMAN/BARWOMAN OF THE WEST PORT TAVERN
    • Scene 1 – Principals, Rae, police
    • Scene 10 – reprise
  • ABIGAIL SIMPSON
    • Scene 5
  • MARY DOCHERTY
    • Scene 1 – as a ghost
    • Scene 9 – Anne Gray, Burke and Hare
  • CLERK OF THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY
    • Scene 12 only

MURDER! – Scene 6

  • SENGA
  • ALGERNON
  • EFFIE
  • MARY PATERSON
  • OLD DONALD
  • JOSEPH THE MUMPING MILLER
  • PROSTITUTE – U WHIP PARTY
  • DAFT JAMIE

POLICE SERGEANT and CONSTABLES

  • Scenes 1 & 10

The cast, we envisage to be around 16-18 players.  Some actors/dancers will be asked to double in roles where possible.  All actors will be in several scenes where songs occur.