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Diary: Hitting the Westeros End

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Winter has come to the Theatreland. But it’s not quite the epic stage adaptation of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones we’ve all been waiting for.

Instead we’ll have to settle for a slightly lower-budget version: comedy parody Graeme of Thrones. But by the sound of it, it boasts levels of gore, incest and violence on a par with the TV series – apparently, the show once caused a woman in Norwich to vomit into her handbag. Producers also claim that it has been banned in Malaysia.

The parody, which The Stage reviewed during its run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, tells the story of avid Thrones fan Graeme, who just wants to recreate the fantasy saga on stage. While he doesn’t have the same budget as the TV show, as many cast members, or the performance skills required, he’s sure that Martin would approve. When news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong.

If you can stomach it, Graeme of Thrones runs at London’s Charing Cross Theatre until November 11.

But, producers warn, make sure you see it before the inevitable lawsuit.

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