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Pet Shop Boys to compose music for stage adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette will open in September at Curve in Leicester. Photo: Ellie Kurttz.
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Pop duo Pet Shop Boys are composing new music for a forthcoming stage adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette.

The adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay for the stage will open at Curve in Leicester on September 20.

Pet Shop Boys, comprising Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, are creating predominantly instrumental music for the production, which is set in the 80s.

“It’s wonderful to be part of the team bringing My Beautiful Laundrette from the screen to the stage and we’ve enjoyed writing mainly instrumental music to be presented within a British Asian context,” Tennant and Lowe said.

Curve chief executive and Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said it was testament to the “extraordinary world and characters Hanif has created” that the Pet Shop Boys have created music for the show.

“As the Pet Shop Boys, Tennant and Lowe have created some of the greatest pop tunes ever written and we are thrilled they are bringing their astonishing talents to this production.

“Alongside our tremendous acting company and design team led by Grace Smart, it’s shaping up to be a very exciting project,” they said.

The play is directed by Foster and is a co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse, where it will tour to after its Curve run. It will also play at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.


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