Of­fice pol­i­tics

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Based on Billy Wilder’s film hit The Apart­ment, Prom­ises, Prom­ises at South­wark Play­house (from 13 Jan; p. 42) tells the tale of a ju­nior ex­ec­u­tive work­ing in a New York in­sur­ance com­pany who is pres­surised into turn­ing a blind eye to his su­pe­ri­ors’ in­fi­deli­ties. Hal David’s lyrics, set to Burt Bacharach’s jaunty mu­sic, are the stars of the show. Still, Neil Si­mon’s leg­endary play about work­place pol­i­tics and sex­ual mis­de­meanours has stood the test of time, too, and is as rel­e­vant to­day as it was when it first wowed au­di­ences in the Sixties.

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