This show originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and is a modern Faustian pact where a middle aged baseball fanatic sells his soul to the devil for youth and the chance to beat the Yankees.
This is a wickedly funny satire on ‘race’ and religion which appears to deliver stereotypes but, at it core, has a deeper interrogation of British society.
“It’ll be over by Christmas”, as we know, is the blackly humorous phrase that encapsulates all the miscalculations made about the First World War – and perhaps any war. The show takes us through the history and heroism, the absurdity and tragedy of that period in Western history that marks us even today.
This highly energetic musical theatre piece is a strong political theatre event. Set at the start of the Vietnam War, it explores a fraternity’s sexual initiation and their journey into the hell so many young Americans suffered in the mindless war against Vietnamese communism.
It’s hard to put your finger exactly on what makes Guys & Dolls such a classic, magical show. Is it the characters – the gambling low lifers Damon Runyon conjured from the streets of New York in the 1920s?
The motiveless crime fascinates us. Murder for murder’s sake challenges all our conditioning and leads us into our uncivilised self. This musical play focuses on the 1924 crime committed in Chicago by Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold.
Noel Coward wrote of his musical Ace of Clubs that “the idea is to do it as simply as humanly possible”. For the first professional London revival since the original 1950 production, Southwark’s Union Theatre draws on its decade of experience of producing loveable, low-budget musicals and takes Coward at his word.
Merely a year separates the Leonard Bernstein musical Candide and J C Sherriff’s The White Carnation but they could have come from different planets.
In 1931, in Alabama, a terrible miscarriage of justice took place. Nine young African-Americans were arrested on a trumped up charge for rape on two young white women. All nine were sentenced to death.