"it never loses its power to hold your attention"

"extremely well acted"
-The Guardian-

"a quintessential summer filler"
-The Daily Telegraph-

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About the show

American playwright Tracy Letts’ little known, first play Killer Joe comes to Trafalgar Studios, Studio One, for a strictly limited season this summer starring Orlando Bloom.

Directed by Simon Evans, the dark thriller tells the story of a police officer with a secret side hustle as a contract killer. When the Smith family hire Joe Cooper to take out their aging matriarch in order to claim her insurance money, it ends up a not-so-straightforward job. On discovering the family’s daughter when he sets out to carry out the kill, Joe’s original plans need to adapt on the fly.

Though the play has dark themes, it also has brilliantly funny moments. The play’s 2011 film adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey was not a success at the box office, but received plenty of attention for controversy surrounding the film’s American age certification and the director’s refusal to censor the film.

Orlando Bloom is known worldwide for playing Legolas in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also appeared in The Hobbit trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Though known for his film work he’s no stranger to the stage, having been a regular since his days in the National Youth Theatre. Further casting includes Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve McIntosh and Steffan Rhodri.

Director Simon Evans recent credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, Alligators at Hampstead Theatre and several productions at Found 111, including The Dazzle starring Andrew Scott.

Tracy Letts is a writer for stage and screen as well as an actor. His most celebrated play is August: Osage County, which won a Pulitzer Price, a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award after its premiere in 2008. His other plays include Bug and Superior Donuts. Recent performance credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and American Buffalo.

A contract killer is sent into a tailspin in this dark, comedy thriller Killer Joe, running in the West End’s Trafalgar Studios from 18 May 2018 through 18 August 2018.

Who Should See It?

Orlando Bloom fans will want to see this man in the flesh. American theatre fans also won’t want to miss this little-known play by a celebrated writer.

Killer Joe is suitable for ages 16 and up due to adult themes.

Playing at

Trafalgar Studio 1
14 Whitehall
Seating Plan

Trafalgar Studio 1 seating plan

Booking period

18th May 2018

23rd Sep 2020

18th Aug 2018

Running time

2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended 16+. No under 15s.