Opened 7 September 2000, Closed 16 September 2000 at the Apollo Theatre in London
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain present's Ray Herman's play, based on the novel by Horace McCoy, They Shoot Horses Don't They? in London for a stictly limited two week season.
Set against the backdrop of America's depression years, They Shoot Horses Don't They? tells the compelling musical story of the great Dance Marathons onn the 1930s. With the incentive of large cash prizes and the promise of fame, couples would literally dance until they dropped.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain revives its highly successful production from last year's Edinburgh Festival for a strictly limited London West End run of just 13 performances.
Directed by Edward Wilson with choreography by Adrian Allsopp, designs by Lotte Colleti, lighting by Charlie Walton and sound by Phil Wright.
"Seeing Edward Wilson's production at London's Apollo Theatre, in which the audience becomes the ghoulish spectators watching the contestants literally bop until they drop, one can't help but see the irony of watching a company of young actors hoping to be discovered playing youthful characters who dream of their big break. But while some of the performances catch the eye, the production itself remains unmoving. Part of the reason is that Herman's script doesn't give the actors much to play with... Wilson and his hardworking cast still manage to pull off some effective moments... By the end, however, you're left with the impression that you have seen an effective vehicle for promising talent, which, arguably, is what the National Youth Theatre is all about. On that basis, the company's latest effort can be considered a qualified success. Like its cast, this production has lots of potential." The Times
They Shoot Horses Don't They? in London at the Apollo Theatre opened on 7 September 2000 and closed on 16 September 2000