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Soldier of Orange musical to open in new 360-degree London theatre

A specially created theatre will house the hit Dutch musical in 2020

The special revolving Soldier of Orange auditorium during its construction in Holland
© Joris van Bennekom

Dutch musical Soldier of Orange will have its UK premiere at a specially created 360-degree theatre in London next year.

The production has been seen by over 2.8 million people in Holland and is based on the story of Dutch resistance fighter Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, who joined the RAF during the Second World War. His story was adapted into a film of the same name in 1977 directed by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop).

The musical, which will be performed in English, has a book by Edwin de Vries, with music and lyrics written by Tom Harriman and Pamela Phillips Oland. This first English production is adapted for the British stage by Jeremy Brock.

Soldier Of Orange will be performed in a special theatre (being built in late 2019, subject to planning permission) located in London's Royal Docks, opposite London's City Airport.

Audiences will sit on a special rotating 1100-seat platform, which slowly reveals a 360-degree panoramic set during the course of the show.

A scene from Soldier of Orange involving a motorbike
© Joris van Bennekom