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Performance

VenueArts Theatre
Other spaces: Above the Arts
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From14th February 2013
Opened21st February 2013
To6th April 2013
WhenMon-Sat 19:30. Thu,Sat Mats 14:30. Feb 21 at 19:00
PricesFrom £20.00. To £49.50.
What is currently on at Arts Theatre (V167)
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The Tailor-Made Man

The Tailor-Made ManT1155790910
True 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.
Author Claudio Macor (original play)
Adapted by Amy Rosenthal (musical adaptation)
Music Duncan Walsh
Music Adam Meggido
Lyrics Adam Meggido


Archive :: production:T1155790910, musical:S0616418223, venue:V167

Production details

Company

Producer Stephen McGill
Director Claudio Macor
Design Sophia Simensky
Lighting Humphrey McDermott
Choreographer Nathan M Wright
Sound Tom Marshall
Musical Director Duncan Walsh Atkins
Performer Faye Tozer (Marion Davies)
Performer Dylan Turner (William Haines)
Performer Mike McShane (Louis B Mayer)
Performer Bradley Clarkson (Jimmy Shields)
Performer Michael Cotton
Performer Kay Murphy
Performer Matt Wilman
Performer Lauren Grant
Performer Vivien Carter
Performer Holly Easterbrook
Performer Edward French

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