The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG

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Closed August 19, 2017

Simultaneously gritty and exhilarating, this uncommonly fine musical engages the heart and the mind in equal measure. Very highly recommended. Take hankies, you'll need them.


Why See Yank!?


After a successful run at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre, this intriguing love story will transfer to London this summer, introducing audiences to a different wartime narrative as we follow the story of farm-reared Midwesterner Stu after he is drafted into the Army in 1943. Alongside the other new recruits, he has the regular fears of service and its ramifications, explored when he begins work on Yank magazine, a periodical run by and for the soldiers. When he finds himself falling for fellow Private in Charlie Company, the affable, American-as-apple-pie Mitch, he realises there are some stories that he'll have to keep to himself.

Written by David and Joseph Zellnik, Yank! shows us a moving portrait of sexuality in a time and place when the merest hint of difference could at best see you ostracised from society. In the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report, it is more important than ever that previously hidden queer history is re-discovered and celebrated alongside the mainstream, sanitised version of events.

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Previews from: 3 July 2017

Opening night: 10 July 2017

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heartbreaking BITTERSWEET Musical

a love story through and through, better written and more expertly observed than most the stage has recently seen

Enter the stifling heat of the Charing Cross Theatre for this delightful gem of a musical from brothers David and Joseph Zellnik. First premiering Off-Broadway in 2010, it was presented at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre to high acclaim, leading

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