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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? - Bridge Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARIANNE Elliott and Steven Hoggett will direct They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Paula Vogel’s new play based on the novel by Horace McCoy, it runs at the Bridge Theatre from November 17, 2020 (previews from October 31) to January 30, 2021.

The real-life dance marathons of Depression-era America could last weeks, even months. Paula Vogel’s new play is based on Horace McCoy’s classic story of ambition, desperation and determination.

In Marianne Elliott – Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (alongside Miranda Cromwell), Young Vic/Piccadilly Theatre – and Steve Hoggett’s (Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre), the Bridge will be transformed into a 1930s dance hall. Seating in the pit will offer audience the chance to join the dance via a ballot.

American playwright Paula Vogel received the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive. Her other plays include Indecent (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas.

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a co-production between London Theatre Company and Elliott & Harper Productions, Brandon Millan and Rick Sparks.

Set design is by Bob Crowley, with music by Charlotte and Mike Truman and casting by Charlotte Sutton. Casting will be announced at a later date.

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is the third production in the Bridge Theatre’s new season and follows Caryl Churchill’s A Number (February 14 to March 14) and Bryony Lavery’s new stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage (July 11 to October 10, 2020).