Jethro Compton in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Adapted by Jethro Compton from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson

One of the greatest tales from the American West – on stage for the first time.

Journey into the Wild West, 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, of law versus the gun, of one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The characters are believable, the acting ridiculously good. Every pause, raise of an eyebrow, touch of a brow brims over with meaning and tension. [The play] will have you perched on the edge of your seat from beginning to end." The Upcoming

★ ★ ★ ★  "Superb. A genuinely gripping drama and one I warmly recommend" Telegraph

"Ingeniously rework[ed]. The seven strong cast is excellent." The Stage 

"An enjoyable night of theatre with a set of fine performances, and will surely enjoy a popular run at the lovely Park Theatre." A Younger Theatre

"A consistently absorbing, often moving and very unusual evening of theatre." The Public Reviews 


When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local girl. This love gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice: to turn and run or to stand for what he believes, to live or to fight… to become the man who shot Liberty Valance.

‘They travelled west for gold, hope and liberty. Liberty’s exactly what they’re gonna get.’


Based on the short story by the award winning Western fiction author Dorothy M. Johnson (The Hanging Tree and A Man Called Horse). Adapted for the stage and directed by Jethro Compton whose recent credits include The Bunker Trilogy (Edinburgh Festival/Southwark Playhouse).

Starring Oliver Lansley as Ransome Foster (BBC's Best Possible Taste, Les Enfants Terribles' The Trenchand featuring the voice of Hollywood legend, Robert Vaughn (The Magnificent SevenThe Man From U.N.C.L.E, BBC's Hustle).