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Clockwork Orange music to be performed

20th July 2011

Songs written by Anthony Burgess for a musical version of A Clockwork Orange are to be performed in public for the first time, it has been announced.

Graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are to perform the songs next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial novel.

A production of Burgess's musical version of the novel was previously performed in 1990 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, but the author's original songs were discarded at the time.

Dr Andrew Biswell, director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, said the songs are integral to the musical as they set the tone and mood and differentiate it from Stanley Kubrick's highly-controversial 1971 film adaptation.

'The reason why Burgess wanted to make his own stage adaptation, quite a long time after Kubrick made the film, was to assert his own ownership of the story,' Dr Biswell added.

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