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Alan Turing: A Musical Biography

Alan Turing: A Musical Biography – Riverside Studios

Picture: Gabriel Bush

Alan Turing: A Musical Biography continues at the Riverside Studios, London.

Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩

We all know what happened to Alan Turing. He cracked the Enigma Code during the Second World War, invented the computer, was shamefully treated by the British Government because of his homosexuality and died by suicide in 1954. And sadly, this rather lacklustre, very predictable, little two-hander musical doesn’t add much to that.

The music (Joel Goodman and Jan Osborne) is unmemorable and because it’s not live Joe Bishop (Turing) and Zara Cooke (all the female roles) aren’t always accurate in their entries. There is, however, some pleasing harmony singing.

Bishop is suitably serious and troubled as Turing although I was unconvinced by the ongoing Snow White/poisoned apple theme which …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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