Essendon Theatre Company


Jack the Ripper: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Ron Pember and Denis de Marne

Music by Ron Pember

Directed by Robert Harsley


The play is a musical reconstruction of incidents relating to the East End murders which took place between Friday, August 31st and Friday, November 9th, 1888. A solution of Jack the Ripper’s identity is hinted at, but the play is an atmospheric commentary rather than an historical re-enactment, shifting between reality and artificiality, with characters representing “real” people as well as members of the music hall audience and players. It is an essential feature that some characters are called upon to play more than one role. They thus have a life within the Music Hall and also in reality. The Chairman also plays the authoritative roles of Sir Charles Warren, the Magistrate, and the Dock’s Foreman, while Montague Druitt is also known as Toynbee and plays the villain in the melodrama and the magician.


21 – 24 & 28 – 30 November 2019

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

9 Bradshaw Street, Essendon

(Entry off Buckley St)

Theatre Restaurant Style Seating

(BYO Food and Drink to enjoy on the night)


Marie Kelly – Kelly Hanifin

Lizzie Stride/Queen Victoria – Janet Emmanuele

Annie Chapman – Jade Talbot

Polly Anne Nicholls – Sarah de Caen

Liza Pearl – Andrea Tappe

Martha Tabram – Michele Haywood

Catherine Eddowes – Nicola Taylor

Frances Coles – Barbara Toohey

Montague Druitt – Nader Masrour

Chairman – Gary Mills

Daniel Mendoza – Bryce Hosken

Dinky Nine-Eights – Josh Grimes

Bluenose Stack – Jamie Lang

Slop Wallace – Martin Shellshear

Lord Overcoat – Alex McMurray

Police Sergeant Coles – Michael Bentley

Ensemble – Isabella Garcia

Ensemble – Leigh Harrison


Piano – Michael Daffey

Drums – Dylan Wilson


Ticket prices: $20 adult; $18 Concession

CASH ONLY Payments at the door



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