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Theatre defends serial killer show

The National Theatre's show about Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright's murder spree will not "exploit or sensationalise" the events, a spokeswoman has said.

London Road, the name of the Ipswich street where Wright lived, features recorded interviews with people and was initially described by the theatre, based on London's South Bank, as a "documentary musical".

Wright was found guilty of murdering five women who all worked as prostitutes in February 2008.

The naked bodies of the women, who worked in the Ipswich red light area, were found in isolated locations near the town between December 2 and December 12, 2006.

A spokeswoman for the theatre said: "London Road has been created from edited interviews recorded with people from Ipswich and is a serious look at the effect on the community of this tragic event, rather than at the murders or victims themselves; and at how the community was able to pull together to create something positive out of the tragedy.

"We're not going to call it a musical in future because we recognise it gives a misleading impression; the music will do something very different by reflecting the voices of the interviewees.

"We realise how sensitive a subject this is and hope that, when people come to see it, they will see that the piece doesn't seek to exploit or sensationalise but to shed light on a side of the story that hasn't previously been told."

The show opens in April.

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