The very hu­man story of Alan Tur­ing – Guilty of Love


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Fol­low­ing an ac­claimed pre­miere at the Brighton Fringe, Ox­ford Mu­sic The­atre’s new mu­si­cal ex­plores the in­cred­i­bly mov­ing story of Alan Tur­ing, a Sec­ond World War hero who broke the ‘ enigma’ codes at Bletch­ley Park and helped win the war.

Tur­ing, whose fam­ily lived in Guild­ford and is com­mem­o­rated with a Blue Plaque in En­nis­more Av­enue, was pros­e­cuted for ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in 1952 and died only two years later at the age of 41, from cyanide poi­son­ing.

This show co­in­cides with this year’s 50th an­niver­sary of the Sex­ual Of­fences Act 1967 which de­crim­i­nalised ho­mo­sex­ual acts in pri­vate be­tween two men, pro­vided both had at­tained the age of 21. Tur­ing was granted a royal par­don in 2013.

The show ex­plores his early re­la­tion­ship with Christopher Mor­com; a fel­low pupil at Sher­borne School who died at the age of 19 and was a life­long in­flu­ence.

With stun­ning lyrics and mu­sic by es­tab­lished writ­ing part­ner­ship Jane Bramwell and Michael Brand, the pro­duc­tion was short- listed for Best Script at the Fringe.

Jane says: “Alan Tur­ing died trag­i­cally young with so much of his prom­ise un­ful­filled, as a re­sult of a then bar­baric law, and in­hu­mane pun­ish­ment to which he was sub­jected.

“Tur­ing is now mostly known for his code break­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the war, and his in­ven­tion of the com­puter. In this show we tell the hu­man story.”

Join them for this tribute to Alan Tur­ing, which is both se­ri­ous and heart­break­ing but told with hu­mour and hu­man­ity, cel­e­brat­ing his ge­nius and re­flect­ing on his tragedy.

Tick­ets for Alan Tur­ing – Guilty of Love are on sale now. Book by call­ing the Yvonne Ar­naud The­atre’s box of­fice on 01483 44 00 00 or vis­it­ing the web­site at www. yvonne- ar­naud. co. uk.

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