Pierrepoint: The Hangman's Tale (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

The story of Albert Pierrepoint, the most prolific chief executioner of the 20th century, has fascinated audiences for years. This stark, sobering, well-written and excellently acted new play, low on production values but strikingly effective as a morality tale, looks behind the bluff self-justification of a man who convinced himself he was merely a mechanism of the judicial system.

Sweet Grassmarket, 0870 241 0136, until 12 Aug, 3.50pm, £8–£8.50 (£7–£7.50).

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