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The End of History - Tristan Bates Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE End of History, a new musical by the creative team behind Blair on Broadway, receives its world premiere at the Tristan Bates Theatre, where it runs from November 14 to December 2, 2017.

The End of History is about a group of teenagers attempting to get to grips with puberty – and the events of the 20th century. From the Treaty of Versailles to the fall of the Berlin Wall, via Munich and mocks, Cuba and crushes, is their future any more certain than the past? And might the ‘end’ of history be the beginning of something else?

From 1920s’ French jazz to 1980s’ rock, via swing, bebop, rap and rock n’ roll, The End of History is described as a musical for the 21st century which will appeal to anyone interested in the 20th century.

Book and lyrics are by Iain Hollingshead, a novelist and former feature writer for The Daily Telegraph. His first novel, Twenty Something, won the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, 2006. There is, however, no sex – bad or otherwise – here.

The music, which ranges from swing pieces such as Peace for our time to the 1980s’ rock of Tear down this wall, was written by Timothy Muller. A former journalist at the BBC World Service, he trained at the Trinity College of Music and won the BBC Big Band of the Year competition with a jazz orchestra he directed and conducted.

Presented by Third Way Productions, The End of History is directed by Jessica Dawes.

Tickets: £18, £15 concessions, £14 for group bookings of 8+. To book, call the box office on 020 3841 6611 or visit www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-end-of-history.

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm; Sunday at 3pm.

Also at the Tristan Bates Theatre: the world premiere of Jess Moore’s debut play Gin For Breakfast (until October 21, 2017).