All about the life of the hangman

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ALBERT Pierrepoint - and I guarantee you this will be handy in a pub quiz one day - was England’s most famous hangman.

The Lancashire pub landlord executed more than 400 men and women during 25 years as the country’s official executioner, including Ruth Ellis, Lord Haw Haw, Derek Bentley, Timothy Evans and 202 war criminals.

The fascinating story of his life is told in the play Hanging Town, which is running at the Dukes in Lancaster until February 23.

The play is set in 1957 when Pierrepoint resigns after more than 25 years in his gruesome role.

This moving and honest play peppered with charm and humour was written by former crime reporter, Peter Harrison who observed a court case where one of Pierrepoint’s subsequent victims was sentenced to death.

Martin Oldfield plays Pierrepoint in a production The Dukes presents with Manchester-based Café Society.

Tickets priced £5-£16.50 can be booked at The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org