The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

by  Dennis Kelly

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 2f

If you could lie without flinching, corrupt without caring and succeed at all costs – how far could you go…how much could you make?

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The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

by  Dennis Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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From the early promise of the '70s through to unrelenting capitalism of the '80s and '90s, follow George on the journey from innocence to savage greed and knotted honesty, as he invents three golden rule for success, whatever the cost.

An electrifying dark tale, this new play from award-winning writer Dennis Kelly marks his Royal Court debut.

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 “[Kelly’s] play has the elemental force of a medieval wheel-of-fortune drama.” - Michael Billington, The Guardian

“A twisted, darkly witty morality fable” “There are sequences of shudder-inducing power”

“Featherstone directs… with a stealth and insight that bodes well for the future of her regime.” - Paul Taylor, The Independent

“Its vision of human corruption, laced with terse, corrosive humour, is unnervingly riveting.”

“Its grim, shudder-inducing inexorability leaves a lingering chill.” - Sam Marlowe, Metro

“Dennis Kelly… is second only to Caryl Churchill as the U.K.’s most ambitious and iconoclastic dramatist”

“Startlingly idiosyncratic and often surprisingly funny”

“Anyone willing to embrace the authentic excitement of an individual voice matched by an ideal production are in for an fascinating, if bracing, ride.”

“Blessed by the adroit pacing and perfectly judged acting of Featherstone’s completely unified cast” -

There’s a wry confidence in the writing....[An] experimental and sprawling epic, but also a satire on the greed-is-good society.’ - The Arts Desk

“an epic morality play … The play’s form is beguiling…. With its mixture of hilarity and leftfield insights, this is an extraordinary, strenuous and haunting evening.” – The Stage



  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


5m, 2f
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  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting





Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly

First performed at the Royal Court on the 5th September 2013

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