Books On Screen

Absolute Beginners – the play

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Absolute Beginners didn’t work as a film, but I have much higher hopes for the theatrical production at the Lyric Theatre in London, which runs from 26th April – 26th May 2007.

The plot stays faithful to the must-read book – a young modernist photographer’s take on life on the streets of late 50s West London, played out against a backdrop of emerging racial hatred – and the theatre promises sets that faithfully re-create that late 50s coffee bar vibe.

There’s also a soundtrack of authentic tunes of the era, alongside an
original score by contemporary jazz composer Soweto Kinch, direction by
the highly-rated Roy Williams and strong cast of theatre production

So it all sounds promising, although you’ll not know for sure unless
you go along. The month-long season includes some matinee performances,
with tickets priced between £9 and £27.

Find out more at the Lyric Theatre website

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One Comment

  1. Any idea if this is going to be on anywhere else in the country after it finishes in London?

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