The very human story of Alan Turing – Guilty of Love
THE THEATRE REVIEW
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.