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West End Announces Cast for LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR

Following rave reviews and a sell out run at The Hope Theatre in Islington last February, Lovesong of the Electric Bear transfers to the intimate surroundings of the West End's newest immersive studio at The Arts Theatre this November. The acclaimed production, directed by Hope Theatre Artistic Director, Matthew Parker, tells the sometimes comic but ultimately tragic story of a true hero. This is the story of the man who cracked the Enigma Code and in so doing cut short the Second World War saving thousands of lives. Written by the celebrated British playwright Snoo Wilson, Lovesong of an Electric Bear is a surreal rollercoaster ride, which takes the audience on a dizzying journey through the world of Alan Turing.

Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through his own personal journey. A journey that takes him from glowing academia to computer visionary, from code breaking genius to war hero, from New York drag bars, to his betrayal by those who had depended on him for victory. This is the story of a man who went from triumph to disgrace - a man whose treatment at the hands of the British establishment represents thousands of homosexual men who suffered a similar fate.

Cast includes Ian Hallard as Alan Turing (West End, National Theatre, Dr Who) and Bryan Pilkington (West End) as Porgy, his childhood bear. They are joined by Helen Evans (Les Miserables, BBC), Laura Harling (Hampstead Theatre, Gosford Park), William Hartley (BBC1, Radio 4) and Chris Levens (West End) as a whole host of other characters in this fantastical, fast paced story of a betrayed hero.


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