They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Play by Ray Herman, based on the novel by Horace McCoy. 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.

1987: London Premiere - RSC at the Mermaid Theatre

1996: London Revival - NYT at the Bloomsbury Theatre

2000: West End Premiere - NYT at the Apollo Theatre


1987: London Premiere - RSC at the Mermaid Theatre

Previewed 9 July 1987, Opened 16 July 1987, Closed 31 October 1987 (in repertory) at the Mermaid Theatre

Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The cast featured Paul Greenwood as 'Robert Syverten', Henry Goodman as 'Rocky Gravo', Imelda Staunton as 'Gloria Beatty', DeNica Fairman as 'Mary Hawley', Gary Love as 'Vee Lovell', Geraldine Fitzgerald as 'Jackie Miller', Peter Guinness as 'James Reilly', Rosalind Boxall as 'Mrs Violet Layden', Richard Bremmer as 'Lieutenant Stedna', Paul Hargreaves as 'Mack Aston', Togo Igawa as 'Medic', Clare James as 'Lillian Bacon', Jane Lancaster as 'Miss Anita Louise'/'Ruby Batone', Bridget Lynch-Blosse as 'Bess Cartwright'/'Nurse', Joseph Mydell as 'Cal Halliday', Eileen Page as 'Mrs J Franklin Higby', Susan Porrett as 'Mrs William Witcher'/'Nurse', Patrick Robinson as 'Rollo Peters', Kenn Sabberton as 'Pedro Ortega'/'Rev Oscar Gilder', Mark Sproston as 'Mr J.J.Maxwell'/'Kid Kamm', Rosie Timpson as 'Miss Mary Brian'/'Maybelle Manski', Bryan Torfeh as 'Mario Batone'.

Directed by Ron Daniels, with choreography by David Toguri, designs by Ralph Koltai, lighting by Chris Ellis, and sound by John A Leonard.


1996: London Revival - NYT at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Previewed 26 August 1996, Opened 27 August 1996, Closed 14 September 1996 at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Presented by the National Youth Theatre.

Directed by Edward Wilson, with designs by Lotte Collett, choreography Adrian Allsopp, lighting by Howard Harrison and Charlie Walton, and sound by Jem Kitchen.


2000: West End Premiere - NYT at the Apollo Theatre

Opened 7 September 2000, Closed 16 September 2000 at the Apollo Theatre

Presented by the National Youth Theatre.

Directed by Edward Wilson, with designs by Lotte Collett, choreography by Adrian Allsopp, lighting by Charlie Walton, and sound by Phil Wright.