Full Length Plays

The Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen

Photo by Kit Shelton for Walking Shadow Theatre Company, featuring Chase Korte.

...including especially the Marvellous Crimes and Machinations of Mr. Jonathan Wild & Jack Fowler, with Specific Attention given to the Tyburn Gallows and that Horrendous Fate which Befalls all Well-Known Thieves

In the summer of 1720, a savvy highwayman, a penniless writer, and a vengeful young lady are united by a botched robbery. Yet when the writer publishes an account of their exploits, they quickly realize the benefits that a dangerous reputation can yield. But as the stock prices rise, it's only a matter of time before it all comes tumbling down.


5 men, 1 woman.


100 minutes, one intermission.


"...the moment-to-moment thrills and pleasures carry the characters... The Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen is worth the trip, if just for the thrill of watching the crime and working out how, in the end, it will not pay for our brigands."
~ City Pages

"...Heimbuch weaved a yarn of elaborate schemes, broken promises, deception, murder, and even reverse-gender roles...The playwright is well-versed in the historical idiom and shares with us his pleasure at the force and the subtly of the language, making delightful use of the irony that the English, and the English language, are so adept at... This is theatre that is enthralled by the enchantment of language and the recollection and recounting of history."
~ Aisle Say Twin Cities


Six Elements Theatre (Minneapolis MN, 2012)
Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Minneapolis MN, 2004)


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Heimbuch's script is a great intellectual feat, tossing several balls immediately into the air and keeping them there for the play's duration, dispensing tidbits of information at a heady, entrancing pace that may have you on the edge of your seat. - Jay Gabler,
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