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Photos & podcast: On Benjamin Britten, WH Auden & Gypsy Rose Lee

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A New York artistic commune in the early 1940s – occupied by British exiles Benjamin Britten, WH Auden, American novelist Carson McCullers (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) and stripper Gypsy Rose Lee amongst many other artists – is the setting for Zoe Lewis‘ new play Britten in Brooklyn, which has just premiered at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall.

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BRITTEN IN BROOKLYN – Wilton’s Music Hall

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Washed up in wartime, Britten, his friend and romantic obsession W H Auden, the tedious waif-like poet and novelist Carson McCullers, and stripper turned thriller writer Gypsy Rose Lee shared a bohemian squat in a dilapidated row house in Brooklyn Heights from where they tried to influence the US’s entry into the war with pacifist writings and socialite dinner parties.

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NEWS: Off-Broadway musical Floyd Collins revived at Wilton’s Music Hall

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Wilton’s Music Hall has announced its exciting new season programme, which sees the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall welcome a diverse range of work, shining a spotlight on live music and bespoke theatre productions. In addition to the previously announced the premiere of Zoe Lewis’ Britten in Brooklyn, starring Sadie Frost in September, the schedule includes a major London revival of the 1996 Off-Broadway musical Floyd Collins. The new production, directed by Jonathan Butterell, will run at Wilton’s Music Hall 21 September to 15 October 2016.