HOMO PROMOS presents
LA RONDE: A new musical about the follies of love and lust
Rosemary Branch, 2 Shepperton Rd, London N1 3DT. Box office: 020 7704 2730
Tues March 15th – Sun April 3rd (no perfs. Mondays). 7.45pm (Sun 4pm)
Tickets £12/£10 concs
All aboard the sexual merry-go-round at La Ronde, the gay bar where anyone can have anyone – and frequently does. Will they be happy? – Sometimes. Will they find love? – Maybe. Is it a laugh? – You bet! Homo Promos presents a sparkling, tuneful new musical inspired by the classic Arthur Schnitzler play, Reigen.
Reigen was prosecuted on its first production because of its shocking depiction of casual promiscuity in all levels of Viennese society. (It was also thought to be a metaphor for the spread of syphilis.) Since then it has been filmed twice (by Max Ophuls and Roger Vadim) and subject to numerous stage adaptations, musical and non-musical.
This La Ronde is set in a gay bar of a smallish city in the mid 1990s, and in the bedrooms of the various principals. La Ronde is the only bar in town, the only game in town, so all kinds of gay people have to mingle here. And play the game here. The Kid, on the tiles for the first time, looking for love and reassurance; the Wolf, on the prowl; the Soldier, whose tastes are – interesting; the Fag, full of righteous indignation; and so it goes on – the Dyke, the Wife, the Husband, the Buddy… 8 serial encounters in all – the first half is subtitled “Lust” and the second “Love”. They are presided over by the Barman, the man who has seen it all before, and two Bar Flies, who provide the comic commentary.
La Ronde comes from the pens of David Harrod and Peter Scott-Presland, authors of Dorothy’s Travels, which played to packed houses at the Rosemary Branch in 2000 and was nominated for a DORA in Canada. This is their 6th collaboration, Yesterdaze winning a Fringe First and Here It Comes being nominated for Plays and Players best musical. Scott-Presland was also responsible for Somebody Bin Usin’ That Thing, Here I’ll Stay and Strip Search, also smashes at the Rosie.