NDT Announces First Musical

Friday, 1 February, 2013

A musical about the life and death of Alan Turing entitled The Universal Machine will run for four weeks through April and May 2013.

New Diorama Theatre, working with resident company PIT, will open their second in-house production: a musical about the life and death of Alan Turing entitled The Universal Machine. The production will run for four weeks through April and May 2013.

Written and directed by New Diorama and PIT Artistic Director, David Byrne, with music by Night Engine’s Dominic Brennan, The Universal Machine is a new musical based on the life and death of Alan Turing. Charting his school days at Sherbourne, through his time at the infamous Station X at Bletchley Park and to his ultimate arrest for homosexuality and tragic death, The Universal Machine tells the complete story of one of the last Century’s most important men.

Working with the celebrations that marked Turing Year, in 2012, the production will be announcing casting, further news and events closer to opening.

PIT has previously won the Writers’ Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama. Their last show, THE DARK ROOM, premiered at New Diorama in April 2012 breaking Box Office records and was nominated for an OffWestEnd Award for best direction. Previous shows have been presented as part of Arts Council England’s Edinburgh showcase and received the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve for emerging theatre makers. Later in 2013, they will open a new show, Kubrick3, at the Edinburgh Festival. Co-­‐produced with Greenwich Theatre. Kubrick3 is currently on the shortlist for the 2013 Les Enfants Terribles Award.

NEW DIORAMA THEATRE is a new venue in the heart of London dedicated to providing a home for both emerging and established theatre companies. In 2010 The New Diorama won a Peter Brook Award for “establishing a London home for ensemble companies” and in 2011 they won another Peter Brook Award specifically to support their recent ambitious repertory season with Faction Theatre Company.

Previous Press For PIT

“It’s taken me a while to find a show worthy of my top accolade: Innovative, thought-­‐ provoking and full of low-­‐key humour, A Stroke Of Genius is what the Fringe is all about.” ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“A superb achievement of acting, execution, set design & direction” ★★★★★ One Stop Arts

“Milk-­‐out-­‐your-­‐nose funny this show should be a definite on the Fringe theatregoer’s schedule.”
★★★★ What’s On Stage

“A-­‐Grade comic timing. Fresh, frenetic & very funny” CRITICS CHOICE Time Out

The Guardian, List Magazine, Fringe Guru, The Scotsman, Fest Magazine



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