NYT Brings They Shoot Horses to ApolloDate: 28 August 2000
The National Youth Theatre, the country's premier theatre company for young people, will bring its highly acclaimed production of They Shoot Horses Don't They? to the West End next month. The play will have a limited season at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from 7 to 16 September 2000.
Edward Wilson directs the play by Ray Herman, which is based on the novel by Horace McCoy. Set against the backdrop of America's depression years, They Shoot Horses Don't They? centres around the great dance marathons of the 1930s. Fuelled by the incentive of large cash prizes and the promise of fame, young couples would literally dance until they dropped.
The 1969 film version of They Shoot Horses Don't They? was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin as two weary but desperate contestants in the darkly surreal dance competition.
Simultaneous with its West End run of They Shoot Horses Don't They?, the National Youth Theatre will present a very different work at the Lyric Hammersmith on the London fringe. Age Sex Loc@tion, a new piece by Paul Roseby in collaboration with NYT, is a game of fast love and lies in which young wannabes play out their fantasies on the Internet. Age Sex Loc@tion runs from 1 to 16 September, following previews from 31 August 2000.