Theatre and Comedy

The Tailor Made Man


Arts Theatre, Covent Garden


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The Tailor Made Man

The true story behind screen star William Haines

William ‘Billy’ Haines was a completely idolised silent film superstar during his heyday. On screen he always got the girl, but in the backlot Billy was well known for cruising every stagehand in sight. Not quite the ladies man you might think, he came out very publicly, which was tolerated until rumours began to circulate. After being pressured to marry screen vamp Pola Negri and refusing to give up his lifelong partner, Jimmy Shields, Billy was sacked by Louis B Mayer of MGM Studios. Ridiculous, right? Well sometimes choosing love over work can have its pitfalls, but it paid off big time as Billy relaunched his second (and more successful) career as an interior designer to the stars. This is the powerful story about Hollywood, hypocrisy, and the turbulent affair of Billy and Jimmy. ‘I’m still humming the catchy closing number Design as I type.’ - Standard. Best available Circle or Stalls. Over 12s only.

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