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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:
28 July - 6 September
Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe
Music and lyrics by Adam Cork
Following a sell-out run last year, the award-winning production returns for a strictly limited run this summer.
London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.
The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.
Adam Cork's music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe's recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.
For full production details and to buy tickets follow the link:
You can see the trailer here (it gives you a real flavour of the play):
I am a big fan of London Road. Last year, I had only booked to see it once when it was on at the Cottesloe. But having seen it, I was so taken with it, that I ended up seeing it three times over the course of its run. This is what I said about it then:
Groundbreaking. Cutting edge. Unique and Unusual. Innovative. Funny. Brilliant. Outstanding cast, all of whom are excellent. I don't want to say any more or reveal anything more, because this production is best experienced as a surprise, as I did.
Important contextual piece of information. The play is not about the murders, it is about the impact of a particular crime on the lives of the local residents and the local community, and the far-reaching consequences, both positive and negative, of the crime.
When I heard London Road was coming back to the National, this time to the Olivier, I booked to see it again (I am a firm believer in the principle that you can never have too much of a good thing!). I was interested to see how they would adapt a play which had been perfectly suited to the small and intimate setting of the Cottesloe, to make it work in the vast auditorium that is the Olivier.
I saw it today - Saturday 25 August. And all I can say is that the transfer from the small intimate Cottesloe to the vast Olivier really works. That surprised me, because I had thought that the play would only work in a smaller space/theatre as an intimate piece. But I honestly don't think it has lost anything in being transferred to the larger space and, in fact, I think the transfer to the Olivier really helps make the piece more powerful by upping the tension and making the music more impactful.
The cast got THE most amazing reaction and reception tonight, with many people giving a standing ovation. This was very well deserved. The piece is very much an ensemble piece, and I can't single out any of the actors, as the whole cast is outstanding - they are definitely more than the sum of their individual parts.
In summary, huge congratulations to the creative team, the cast and the crew of London Road. If you haven't seen this yet, I am highly recommending it.
What are you waiting for? Go and see it now!
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