Execution of Justice

Southwark Playhouse – 2012

‘It has taken too long for this majestic piece to play here’ The Times

‘Well acted by a cast of 20’ Time Out

‘Mann’s verbatim play harnesses the power of real testimony’ Lyn Gardner – The Guardian

November 27th 1978: Dan White shoots and kills Harvey Milk, the first openly gay American to hold elected office and George Moscone, mayor of San Francisco.

May 21st 1979: Dan White is found not guilty of murder.

Execution of Justice is the story of how and why it happened.

A cast of 20 perform Emily Mann’s award-winning 1982 verbatim play – a panoramic view of a time of upheaval and change, told in words taken from trial transcripts, interviews, reportage and the street.

Moving in and out of the courtroom and backwards and forwards in time, Execution of Justice captures a divided city in crisis and the impact of loss.



Director | Joss Bennathan 

Designer | James Turner 

Lighting Designer | Richard Williamson 

Sound Designer | George Dennis 

Associate Producer | Jamie Hannon

CAST: Madeleine Bowyer, Georgia Buchanan, Maurice Byrne, Doron Davidson, Aidan Downing, Philip Duguid-McQuillan, Lindsay Fraser, Thomas Grube, Catherine Hammond, Kate Harper, Jasper Jacob, Christopher Lane, Ben Mars, Alex McSweeney, Mark Parsons, John Rayment, Michael Shane, Joyce Veheary, Aonghus Weber, Peter Wiedmann

Fine Line produced the British premier of Execution Of Justice and was supported by Stonewall and The Harvey Milk Foundation