Lovesong of the Electric Bear (West End Transfer)

4 - 21 Nov 2015
The Arts Theatre
Matthew Parker and his cast give it their all
Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Alan Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace. Lovesong of the Electric Bear by Snoo Wilson (National Theatre, Royal Court, RSC, ENO) is an epic and electrifying trip through the life of Alan Turing, the computer visionary and maths genius whose gifts made him the code-breaking hero of World War II, but whose homosexuality led him to betrayal by the very establishment who had depended on him for victory.

Lovesong of the Electric Bear is a wonderfully imaginative, comic and moving story of a true hero brought to life by of one of British theatre’s great voices.

This acclaimed production transferred to the intimate surroundings of the West End’s newest immersive studio at The Arts Theatre, West End following the sold-out, award-nominated European premiere at The Hope Theatre earlier that year.


  • Alan Turing: Ian Hallard
  • Porgy: Bryan Pilkington
  • Christopher Morcom, Undergraduate 1, Rajewski, Joan, Bronwyn: Laura Harling
  • Clemmie, Mrs Turing, Man, Nurse, Woman: Helen Evans
  • Kjell, Davis, Undergraduate 2, Cornish, Arnold, Judge: Chris Levens (OFFIE Award Winner 2016)
  • Churchill, Hallam, Turing Snr, Blackwood, Dilly Knox, Sergeant, Barman: William Hartley


  • Producer: Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre
  • Writer: Snoo Wilson
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Set Design: Zoe Hurwitz
  • Lighting: Tom Kitney
  • Sound: Paul Freeman (OFFIE Award Winner 2016)
  • Costume: Clare Amos
  • Press & PR: David Burns
  • Stage Manager: Jo Abram
  • Assistant Producer: Thomas Attwood
  • Assistant Director: Phil Croft
  • Cover Image/ Design: Laura Harling
  • Casting Director: Ben Newsome
  • Production Photographer: Scott Rylander

Highly entertaining from start to finish

London Theatre1

Matthew Parker’s nifty production

What's On Stage

Very entertaining and thought provoking


Matthew Parker’s direction really captures a fun and unstoppable energy through Wilson’s dizzying narrative setting

Grumpy Gay Critic

Matthew Parker’s inventive direction is a pleasure

Morning Star

Spectacular, funny, well-crafted and above all, poignant

Views From The Gods