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 (Off West End Award Winner 2016)
Churchill, Hallam, Turing Snr, Blackwood, Dilly Knox, Sergeant, Barman: William Hartley


Producer: Cassandra Hodges for The Hope Theatre
Writer: Snoo Wilson
Director: Matthew Parker
Set Design: Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Design: Tom Kitney
Sound Design: Paul Freeman (Off West End 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