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World premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe of University of Leicester Theatre's production, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Toys 

After a year of fundraising and hard work, LUT, the University of Leicester Theatre, ventures to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. LUT's play, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Toys, written by University of Leicester graduate Steve Rodgers, was previewed with great success at the University of Leicester in May.  [Photo: LUT actors - as Greens - retrieve the flag]
The world is in turmoil. Warring factions have taken their toll on the desolate landscape. Blood lust reaches a climax as warriors from either side plot the beginning of the end. But it won’t be easy: Just who is John Doe? What are the motives of the mysterious Agent? And how can you save the world when you’re made out of plastic? [Photo: LUT actors]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Toys is a war satire that speaks to the child in all of us. Chronicling the exploits and adventures of two opposing armies of toy soldiers, it explores the absurdities of war with ferocious humour and fearsome wit. Complete with a cast of toy soldiers, militant ‘Babsie’ dolls and a host of other inhabitants of the toy box, this is a comedy with a sense of humour to match its sense of morality.

Following LUT's success with Cows:The Musical two years ago, the chance to take another original production to Edinburgh was too tempting to resist.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Toys will receive its world premiere in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play - venue, the Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh - runs from August 9-15.

[Photo: LUT actors in front of sculpture outside University of Leicester's Fielding Johnson Building]

LUT, the University of Leicester Theatre, is run by students, for students. LUT members manage to combine organising all aspects of the theatre with full-time degree studies and part-time jobs, as well as undertaking various fundraising activities to support their ventures. 

In recent years LUT has gone from strength to strength, achieving international success at the Shakespeare Youth 2000 festival in Vilnius, Lithuania and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001, and with the recently announced closure of the Leicester Haymarket Theatre looming, it is more important than ever for us to keep Leicester’s theatre community thriving. 


For further information, contact Sarah Frain, mobile 07815 312552, email

[LUT Press Release, June 4, 2003]

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