Novel Blood and Sand as Japanese musical Love and Death in Arabia | Rosemary Sutcliff Discovery of the Day!

Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction novel about Islam, Blood and Sand, was made into a Japanese musical called ‘Love and Death in Arabia’ starring Matubo Sei of  The Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団). Researching this on the internet has been completely absorbing and fascinating. Although my Japanese is poor, and Google translator unreliable, I have found  more information about the show (here is the main post about the musical ‘Love and Death in Arabia’). The review gives a feel for the performance and reveals some of the conventions of the style of theatre (such as the ‘otokoyaku facial hair’).

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