Cato Street 1820

Cartoon drawing of the Cato Street conspirators

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‘Horrid plot to assassinate the government!’

Enraged by the Peterloo Massacre, a band of angry men planned revenge: to behead the entire cabinet of Lord Liverpool and proclaim a new government of the people. Drawing on the British Library’s archives – including a long-forgotten radical song (

Oh, Give Me Death or Liberty!) as sung from the gallows by one of the plotters – award-winning solo actor David Benson marks the 200th anniversary of this little-known event in British history. 

‘An entertaining rampage through history, brought to life with humour and a provocative reflection on our contemporary political crises.' British Theatre Guide

‘A spell-binding turn that brings the past to life in glorious and often grizzly detail… Story-telling of the highest calibre.’ Edinburgh Evening News

David Benson is best-known for his performance as Noel Coward in the BBC's classic war-time comedy Goodnight Sweetheart. He exploded onto the theatre scene with his first solo show Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams, in 1996. He followed this with a succession of solo shows on a wide variety of subjects, including Frankie Howerd, Dr Johnson and an award-winning examination of the Lockerbie bombing. David was a member of the National Theatre's smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden, playing 1,015 performances of the show. He appeared in the film Blade Runner 2049 as a hologram of Liberace.


Name: Cato Street 1820
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £16.00
Member: £16.00
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Under 18: £8.00
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