Never The Sinner
by John Logan
15 to 24 March 2018
Based on a real event which shocked America in 1924, the play tells how two privileged young men – Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb – murdered a 14-year-old boy for no other reason than to prove they were superior beings above the law. They were not. Arrested, they came to trial in Chicago, charged with murder. As always, the courtroom provides rich drama. As the trial unfolds, it becomes the setting for an argument over the death penalty. The State wants the two young men hanged. Defending them is the renowned lawyer Clarence Darrow. Calling on the judge to take account of the two men’s mental state, he argues that hanging them would be a crime itself: that it is reasonable to hate the sin, but never the sinner. Altogether, a truly gripping account of a historic trial.
Booking opens for members on 12 December 2017; general public on 1 January 2018