Lovesong of the Electric Bear

24 Feb - 21 Mar 2015
The Hope Theatre
Staggeringly beautiful
Views From The Gods

The story of Alan Turing: Genius. War hero. Deviant. 


Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace. Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear is an epic, psychedelic 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 and vilification by the very establishment who had depended on him for victory.

“Nothing is stronger than this love, for I am nothing indeed without you, Master”

Lovesong of the Electric Bear is a wonderfully imaginative, comic and moving play from one of British theatre’s great voices. The production is directed by The Hope Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Parker in association with acclaimed Resident Company, DogOrange and by kind arrangement with Snoo Wilson’s estate and Micheline Steinberg Associates.

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.  The play was published by Bloomsbury and can be purchased here

It was nominated for 4 OFFIE Awards including Best Director for Matthew Parker. It WON 2 for the superb work of Sound Designer Paul Freeman and Supporting Male Chris Levens. 


  • Alan Turing: Ian Hallard
  • Porgy: Bryan Pilkington
  • Fortune Teller, Christopher Morcom, Undergraduate 1, Rajewski, Joan, Bronwyn, Varia: Laura Harling
  • Clemmie, Mrs Turing, Man, Nurse, Woman, Ylena: Diane Beck
  • Kjell, Davis, Undergraduate 2, Cornish, Arnold, Judge: Chris Levens
  • Churchill, Hallam, Turing Snr, Blackwood, Dilly Knox, Sergeant, Barman, Greenbaum: 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
  • Costume: Clare Amos
  • Assistant Producer: Thomas Attwood
  • Stage Manager: Taz Meen
  • Cover Image/ Design: Laura Harling
  • Casting Director: Ben Newsome
  • Production Photographer: Scott Rylander
  • Additional Research: Max Lewendel


Everything Theatre

Matthew Parker’s brilliant debut in-house production at The Hope Theatre


Truly outstanding


A rollercoaster of inventive merriment

Islington Gazette

Anarchic & Enigmatic

Gay Times

Surreal & highly emotional

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