“Clockwork Orange” Swaggers To The Stage

A high-octane stage adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel “A Clockwork Orange’ premiered at last year’s Fringe, in Edinburgh, winning rave reviews for its all-male cast, its young director Alexandra Spencer-Jones, and her theatre company Action to the Word. A year later, fresh from another acclaimed airing at last month’s Latitude festival, The Telegraph claims “the show has lost none of its initial impact.” I’m not sure what Burgess — or Stanley Kubrick, who did the 1971 movie version — would make of the stage version’s change of emphasis: “The emphasis is on masculine swagger and homoeroticism — instead of raping women, the gang commit horrific acts of sexual violence on other men, feminised by orange aprons and high heels; and are also sexually fascinated with each other.”

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