The Tailor-Made Man was turned into a musical in 2013. This current iteration was filmed in 2017 at the White Bear Theatre when a 25th anniversary production was mounted.
Five- and four-star reviews are in for “certain and sure-fire hit” Different From the Others … but there’s only a fortnight left to see this world premiere play, which must finish on 16 November 2019 at London’s White Bear Theatre. We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite review highlights.
The past often offers a convenient intellectual space which we can all look down upon and feel smug about how far we have come in moral terms. Different From The Others gleefully kicks us off our moral high ground.
The reverence Claudio Macor clearly has for the history he is sharing comes through strongly and adds to the overall emotional impact of the play. I defy anyone not to be moved by Dr Magnus Hirschfield’s passion and commitment to changing the world for gay men.
A hundred years after the release of the first-ever pro-gay film, Claudio Macor’s new play telling the story behind its making, Different From the Others, has premiered at London’s White Bear Theatre. “A well-crafted look at a bygone era and a story from gay history that demands to be told,” says Boy Magazine.
Claudio Macor’s new play Different From the Others, which runs at London’s White Bear Theatre from 29 October to 16 November 2019, tells the story behind the making of the first-ever pro-gay film, 100 years after it was released. Have the cast been making history in rehearsals? Time to get booking!
How much do you know about “the Einstein of sex” Magnus Hirschfeld and his film Anders als die Andern? Discovering this 1919 silent gem one night on YouTube inspired playwright Claudio Macor to pen his new play about another little-known corner of cinematic and LGBTQ history.
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Claudio Macor’s new play Different From the Others, which tells the story behind the first pro-gay film ever made and premieres 100 years after the film itself. It runs at London’s White Bear Theatre from 29 October to 16 November 2019. Time to get booking!
Claudio Macor’s latest play Different From the Others premieres 100 years after the film that inspired it. Have you heard of Anders als die Andern, the first-ever pro-gay film? Watch below – and then get booking!
Dramatist Claudio Macor, renowned for his dramas centred around little-known historical records, returns to the White Bear Theatre with his latest play. Different From the Others tells the story behind the first pro-gay film ever made – and it premieres 100 years after the film itself. Time to get booking!
The 25th-anniversary revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man, a true story about Hollywood hypocrisy, officially opens tomorrow night (9 November 2017) at London’s White Bear Theatre, where its limited season continues until 25 November 2017 only. Check out our BIG bumper gallery of rehearsal photographs for this brand-new production, starring Mitchell Hunt and Tom Berkeley, and then get booking!
Claudio Macor’s Savage is a brave play examining yet another facet of the depravity that was Hitler’s regime, where along with other minorities in Nazi occupied Europe, homosexuals were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps.
Most theatregoers will have only learned about Carl Peter Værnet from watching Claudio Macor’s new play Savage, now running upstairs at the Arts Theatre. But the Nazi doctor from Denmark has played a large role in the life of LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell for decades.
Have you seen the myriad four-star reviews for our Featured Show, the world premiere of SAVAGE? Claudio Macor’s new drama and love story, which uncovers the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived “cure” for homosexuality, continues at the West End’s Arts Theatre until 23 July 2016.
Denmark in the mid-1930s was a great place to be if you were gay. Homosexuality was legalized in 1933 and a thriving club scene allowed gay men to meet and socialize publicly. But as the dark cloud of National Socialism swept Europe, safety became more precarious. Dr Carl Vaernet was one of their threats.
Even as I type the above, it strikes me that this cannot possibly be a true story? Could someone be so misguided and barbaric, that this could have really happened or has it just been created as a fictional piece of work by writer and director Claudio Macor?
The creators behind new drama and love story SAVAGE, which uncovers the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived “cure” for homosexuality, are proud to announce the cast for the West End premiere production at the Arts Theatre. Plus, post-show Q&A with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, hosted by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock.
I’m having trouble shifting my black mood since the 2015 General Election (what would Tony Benn say?!) so why not a suitably dark blog subject to match it? Let’s talk about film noir. Film noir literally translates, from the French, as black film or film of the night. If you watch films from ‘the past’, […]
Landor Theatre, London
Written and directed by Claudio Macor
Judith Paris and Susannah Allman
In The Dead Of Night sets out an ambitious premise. Very much a nod to the film noir of the 1940s, Claudio Macor’s play draws upon the classic romantic motifs with a tale set in the fictional South American town of La Roca. Amidst an intrigue of whores, drug cartels, sleazy dockside rendezvous and ultimately murder, passions run high and hearts are broken.
But back in the day Hollywood was enslaved to the Hays Code – a puritanical ethic that governed all aspects of intimacy and sexuality in the movie industry. Macor has already explored this era with The Tailor Made Man. In The Dead Of Night takes artistic licence one step further, by pitching the plot as though the Hays Code did not exist. Gay love is celebrated rather than hidden, whilst the straight sex simmers too. The noir genre cruelly demands respect and scripting the period can prove to be a notorious challenge if melodrama is to be avoided. Whilst Macor’s research into the cocaine-fuelled period is learned and sincere, he overdoses on cliché.
Acclaimed actor Judith Paris leads the company as La Roca’s ageing madam, Elvira. Paris is a delight, making a larger than life character accessible, whilst at the same time casting a GILF-like spell over most of the men in town. Shamelessly exploitative, Macor has chosen his performers with an eye for beauty as much as for talent. Countless ripped young men strut about in vests and butt-slung braces, who if they are not lusting after Elvira, are falling at the feet of Susannah Allman’s Rita, or in the story’s strongest love theme, each other. Defying the conventions of the time, the story leads on the doomed love between Leandro and Massimo, respectively Matt Mella and Jordan Alexander, in a courtship that includes some fabulously choreographed man to man tango.
And it’s Anthony Whiteman’s choreography that marks this show out. Delivering quite possibly the best off-West End dance work in London today, his sublime tangos and salsas are breath-taking for what they accomplish, especially given the Landor’s modest space. Immaculately drilled, his company oozes passion whilst the perfectly sculpted and scantily clad Allman, gives a performance that is not only a smouldering tribute to Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, but also a sensational dance accomplishment as she moves around her would be suitors.
Notable too on the night are Ned Wolfgang Kelly’s devious Falchi, whilst Ross Harper Millar’s Martinez is memorably classy as a drink and drugs addled Latin bum.
Overblown hokum for sure, but with Paul Boyd (he of Molly Wobbly fame) having laid down a keyboard driven backing score that adds to both time and genre and all supporting a deliciously talented troupe, In The Dead Of Night makes for an entertaining night out. Worth catching!
Runs to 16th May 2015