When he’s not cuddling lovable pups, Tom Hardy is seeking sensational acting challenges, be it playing twins, reviving a franchise decades-dead, dealing with Leonardo DiCaprio’s raging Oscar boner, or looking sexy in a cardigan. For his next trick, this grimacing hunk has joined the company of London Road, a verbatim musical about an English town determined to right the wrongs of its community.
Now, what the hell is a verbatim musical? Well, writer Alecky Blythe interviewed the people of Ipswich in the wake of a horrific tragedy, and set their words to a score by composer Adam Cork. London Road became a ground-breaking National Theatre production. And now it’s coming to movie theaters with the whole of the original cast, plus Hardy and underrated thespian Olivia Colman (The Lobster, Broadchurch, Peep Show, The Night Manager).
Check out the trailer below:
And here’s the official plot synopsis:
LONDON ROAD documents true events that occurred in 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and curb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged, and then convicted, of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicenter of this tragedy. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, LONDON ROAD tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences. The stage production ‘London Road’ was an immediate hit and earned five-star reviews when it premiered at the National Theatre in 2011. It returned to the stage in 2012 for a sold-out run.
Kristy Puchko is intrigued.