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The Strange Death of John Doe


  • Playwright

    Fiona Doyle 

  • Setting

    London, present day.

  • Notes

    A Hampstead Theatre commission.

  • Synopsis

    The unidentified body of a young man with fatal head injuries is found face down in a suburban street. Who is he and where did he come from? He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. It’s as if he has just fallen from the sky… Clinically named as ‘John Doe’ by the pathologists working on the case, they must uncover the truth and piece his story – and body – back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive and as his investigation unravels, he uncovers a haunting story of our time. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    25 May 2018

  • Production Notes

    Presented by Hampstead Downstairs and Celia Atkin.

  • Producer

    Produced by Hampstead Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Hampstead Theatre

Original Cast  
Felipe Damola Adelaja
Airport Security Damola Adelaja
Aviation Official Damola Adelaja
Ger Charlotte Bradley
Ximo Benjamin Cawley
Anna Callie Cooke
Rae Callie Cooke
The Document Doctor Maynard Eziashi
Paulino Maynard Eziashi
Moruf Maynard Eziashi
Samuel Nick Hendrix
Jan Nick Hendrix
Traveller Nick Hendrix
Coroner Nick Hendrix
John Kavura Rhashan Stone
Carter Abigail Thaw
Production Team  
Director Edward Hall
Designer Michael Pavelka
Movement Scott Ambler
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
Sound Designer Chris Murray
Assistant Director Katie Pesskin
Production Manager Tammy Rose
Stage Manager Kezia Beament
Stage Manager Sally C Roy
Assistant Stage Manager Beth Absalom
Rehearsal Photography Jess Woodward
Production Photography Robert Day
Costume Supervisor Siobhan Boyd




The information for this entry was taken from the published play script, with additional information taken from the original production programme.