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Exclusive: First look at London transfer of LGBT+ war-time love story YANK!

Claire Bilyard

In a Gay Times exclusive, take a first look at the London transfer of LGBT+ war-time love story, YANK!

Following its UK première at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, the show arrives in London at the Charing Cross Theatre, and is based on the true, hidden history of gay soldiers during the World War.

YANK! follows the life of Stu, a scared Midwestern youngster who is called up to serve in the forces in 1943 and becomes a reporter for Yank Magazine, the journal ‘for and by the servicemen’.

Telling the stories of the men in Charlie Company, the musical explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.

Take an exclusive first look below…

Related: Telling the stories of gay soldiers during the war is a “vital act” say YANK! writers

Claire Bilyard

Claire Bilyard

Claire Bilyard

Related: Exclusive: LGBT+ war-time love story YANK! transfers to London

YANK! features a book and lyrics by American writer David Zellnik, with his brother Joseph Zellnik’s musical score paying homage to the timeless music of the 1940s.

The musical is directed by James Baker and is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre, Ben Millerman with Jim Kierstead and Guy James.

James Cleeve serves as musical director alongside choreographer Chris Cuming; designer Victoria Hinton; lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson; sound designer Chris Bogg; and casting director Benjamin Newsome.

More information can be found here.

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