The darker side of the Olympics

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THE Belgrade Theatre is bringing the Olympics closer to home with its new production of Alexander Galin’s gritty 1980 Moscow Olympics drama, Stars in the Morning Sky.

Running in the Belgrade’s intimate B2 auditorium between 17 March to 7 April, it tells the story of a group of women, who after being branded as prostitutes by the authorities, find themselves banned from the streets of Moscow during the 1980 Olympic Games. In a bid to show the world a cleaned-up version of life in the Soviet Union, the troubled and vulnerable women are banished to a disused mental hospital on the edge of the city. This new version of Stars in the Morning Sky has been written by Coventry-based playwright Chris Hannan and will be directed by the Belgrade’s artistic director, Hamish Glen.

Hamish said: “It’s important to produce this play now as prostitutes are being moved out of the King’s Cross area and gypsies from the East End. At heart, this is about those who are excluded from a national celebration.”

Tickets for Stars in the Morning Sky are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk.