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The Boys in the Photograph
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A reworking of  The Beautiful Game, which opened at the Cambridge Theatre, London on 26th September 2000,  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical, set in Northern Ireland in the troubled 1970’s has been retitled  The Boys in the Photograph.

The new show was workshopped by LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) in Spring 2008 prior to its first professional outing in Canada in 2009.

The musical is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers, all members of a local soccer team, and their friends.

Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnel, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue
careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and
football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.

Ben Elton tells their story with humour and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s evocative new score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of
Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.


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