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Broadway in the Shadows
On from 10 Oct 2006 till 04 Nov 2006
Arcola Theatre
by David Salter
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama, Comedy

About: Broadway in the Shadows

Buried in the depths of the Ohio Penitentiary, the cruellest prison in American history, an inmate known as “The Smilemaker” keeps his brothers’ spirits buoyant and their hopes of survival alive with stories of love and sacrifice amongst the tenements and theatres of Manhattan.

Leaping from the shadows bursts a throng of colourful characters including a delirious pair of tap-dancing lovers, a hitman disguised as Santa Claus and a Central Park tramp who, try as he might, can’t get himself arrested.

From burlesque to ragtime, from Hell’s Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, this collection of sharp, witty and highly moving stories will be sure to make you smile.

O. Henry, one of American literature's leading lights, was a master of the short story, famous for his humour and the fiendish twists in his tales. Illuminated by the bright lights of Manhattan, Broadway in the Shadows brings to life his world in a compelling new production.

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“David Salter’s production is always involving and utterly gripping. Leaving the theatre you look up at the stars and they seem brighter, stranger and more beautiful than ever.”
-Time Out

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