Ipswich: Theatre defends musical about Steve Wright murders

A FLAGSHIP London theatre has defended a controversial new production about the Ipswich murders.

London Road, a documentary musical about the murder of five sex workers in 2006, will be shown at The National Theatre in April.

Steve Wright was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls. They were found near Ipswich over a 10-day period in 2006.

A spokeswoman for the National Theatre said: “It’s certainly not sensationalist in any way. It’s a very serious look at the effect on a community of this kind of tragic event.

“Alecky Blythe spent a lot of time in Ipswich and obviously spoke to the residents, to members of the press and the people who found themselves caught up in this tragic event.”

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Rufus Norris will direct the documentary musical, which will open on April 14. It is based on material written by Alecky Blythe. The cast includes Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer and Paul Thornley.

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