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Sandel - Above the Stag Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glenn Chandler’s adaptation of Angus Stewart’s well-known cult gay classic, Sandel, will receive its London premiere at Above the Stag Theatre – from May 20 to June 14, 2014.

Set in 1960’s Oxford, Sandel tells the story of a love affair between 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers, and the precocious and beautiful Cathedral choirboy, Antony Sandel.

When David is sent down after infringing college regulations, he is given a job as a teacher at the choir school – where Sandel is still a pupil. Add to the mix David’s catholic friend Bruce, who is studying to be a priest, and the stage is set for a powerful showdown.

Though even more controversial today than it was in the 60s, Sandel is nonetheless described as a very funny, witty and light-hearted tale about what love can do in any age when it takes over your life. Guaranteed to delight and shock, the uncompromising ending left Edinburgh audiences stunned.

Also directed by Glenn Chandler, Sandel is produced by Boys of the Empire Productions and has set and costume design by David Shields and lighting by Chris Withers. Casting to be confirmed.

Sandel was Angus Stewart’s first novel and appears to have been based on real events. Stewart spent many years in Morocco where he wrote two novels before returning to England. Over the past forty years, Sandel has become a cult gay novel and until its republication by Pilot Productions in 2013 was fetching up to £1,000 on Amazon.

Tickets: First week (May 20 to May 25 – except press night): £12; Press Night (May 22): £22 – includes interval drink, programme, party; Prices (from May 27): £18. To book, visit www.abovethestag.com/. For group bookings email: atstheatre@aol.com

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 6pm.

Orton The Musical continues at Above the Stag Theatre until May 4, 2014.