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Olympic play is victory on stage

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: February 10, 2012

RUNNING FOR GLORY: Nicholas Jacobs as Harold Abrahams and Tom Micklem as Eric Liddell in Chalkfoot's original play based on characters immortalised in the film Chariots Of Fire

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T OURING theatre company Chalkfood stays in its home town of Margate next month to stage Running For Glory.

Written by the group's Philip Dart, the play explores the personalities and events leading up to the 1924 Paris Olympics, when an elite group of British athletes blazed their way to glory.

It's a story many will know from the movie Chariots Of Fire.

Director Claudia Leaf says: "Young track stars Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell could not have been more different as sportsmen and individuals.

"Abrahams was highly ambitious, becoming one of the first exponents of professional training.

"Liddell won astonishing victories despite an uncoordinated running style that should have left him at the back of the field."

Claudia says that the production has combined theatre and sport and tried to "recreate all the excitement of an Olympic race for the small stage".

Choreographer Lawrence Evans, who has worked for the National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre in London has devised the sporting sequences.

Running For Glory is being supported by funding from Kent County Council, the Arts Council, and the Lottery.

During its five-week run it will tour 27 village halls and small theatres.

It comes to the Theatre Royal, Margate on Sunday, March 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 or £10 for Theatre Royal Friends from www.theatreroyal margate.com or 0845 130 1786.

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