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The Tailor-Made Man - 2013 - West End

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN will receive its world premiere at London's Arts Theatre on Thursday 21 February 2013, following previews from 13 February, for a limited eight-week season ending on 6 April. THE TAILOR-MADE MAN is the true story of the silent film star William Haines, who was fired by MGM Studios and Louis B Mayer because he was gay and refused to marry and give up his lifelong partner Jimmy Shields.



In 1930, William “Billy” Haines was one of MGM’s most idolised male stars, tailor-made to always get the girl in every film. But behind the scenes, he cruised every bit player and stagehand in sight.



Billy lived openly with his lover and former stand-in Jimmy Shields – which was tolerated by MGM until rumours began to leak out into the public. Louis B Mayer ordered him to marry the sultry silent screen vamp Pola Negri. Defiant, Billy refused and was fired. He reinvented himself, fashioning an even more successful second career as an interior designer to the stars.



This powerful account exposes the truth about Hollywood, its system and hypocrisy, but above all celebrates Billy and Jimmy’s turbulent, passionate love story that survived more than over 50 years.

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The Tailor-Made Man West End Cast



 

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by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2013
American actor, singer and improvisational comedian, Mike McShane will be joining the cast of the new musical, The Tailor-Made Man, when it opens at the Arts Theatre in London tonight, 21 February, previewing from 14 February. He will be playing the role of Louis B Mayer. Also in the cast will be Faye Tozer as Marion Davies and Dylan Turner as William Haines, along with Bradley Clarkson as Jimmy Shields, Michael Cotton, Kay Murphy, Matt Wilman, Lauren Grant, Vivien Carter, Holly Easterbrook and Edward French.
by BWW News Desk - January 8, 2013
American actor, singer and improvisational comedian, Mike McShane will be joining the cast of the new musical, THE TAILOR-MADE MAN, when it opens at the Arts Theatre in London on Thursday 21 February, previewing from 14 February. He will be playing the role of Louis B Mayer. Also in the cast will be the previously announced Faye Tozer as Marion Davies and Dylan Turner as William Haines, along with Bradley Clarkson as Jimmy Shields, Michael Cotton, Kay Murphy, Matt Wilman, Lauren Grant, Vivien Carter, Holly Easterbrook and Edward French.