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The Tailor-Made Man archiveTrue story of William Haines, the silent screen star who was fired by Louis B Mayer of MGM Studios 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, second only to John Gilbert. On screen he was tailor-made to get the girl in the last reel. On the back lot he cruised every bit player and stagehand in sight. Billy lived openly with his lover and former stand-in Jimmy Shields. This was tolerated by the studio until rumours started to seep out into the wider world. Louis B Mayer ordered him to marry the sultry silent screen vamp Pola Negri. Billy refused and so Louis B Mayer fired him. Billy's defiance of the studio led to his second and even more successful career as an interior designer to the stars. The Tailor-Made Man is a story about Hollywood and its system and hypocrisy, but above all it is the story of Billy and Jimmy's turbulent, passionate love affair that survived and lasted over 50 years.

Cast/Performers

Faye Tozer (Marion Davies), Dylan Turner (William Haines), Mike McShane (Louis B Mayer), Bradley Clarkson (Jimmy Shields), Michael Cotton, Kay Murphy, Matt Wilman, Lauren Grant, Vivien Carter, Holly Easterbrook, Edward French

Creatives/Company

Author: Claudio Macor (original play)
Adapted by: Amy Rosenthal (musical adaptation)
Music(s): Duncan Walsh, Adam Meggido
Lyrics: Adam Meggido
Producer: Stephen McGill
Director: Claudio Macor
Design: Sophia Simensky
Lighting: Humphrey McDermott
Choreographer: Nathan M Wright
Sound: Tom Marshall
Musical Director: Duncan Walsh Atkins

The Tailor-Made Man

The Tailor-Made Man (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T1155790910. Details of all The Tailor-Made Man archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0616418223

Archive Listings

14 Feb 13
to
6 Apr 13
Arts Theatre
West End
Greater London

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