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London Theatre Takes the Lead in Tackling Climate Change

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has lent his support to a groundbreaking East London theatre that is staging the world’s first theatre production to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

This evening sees the opening night of 'The Living Unknown Soldier', the latest production from Dalston’s Arcola Theatre. But tonight also marks the premiere performance of the theatre’s new hydrogen fuel cell, which is all geared up to power the venue’s café/bar and production.

Taking pride of place in the theatre’s foyer, the 5kw fuel cell system is accompanied by a display describing the benefits and challenges posed by this pioneering power source.

‘Every individual, every business, every shop, and every theatre has a part to play in tackling climate change,’ said the Mr Livingstone. ‘And this lead by Arcola Theatre is just what we need.’

Based on ‘Le Soldat Inconnu Vivant’ by Jean-Yves le Naour and staged by young theatre companies, Simple8 and Strawberry Vale Productions, 'The Living Unknown Soldier’ tells the story of a World War I soldier who returns from the front utterly shellshocked with no sense of his identity. Diagnosed with amnesia and committed to an asylum, families flock to him in search of the fathers, brothers, husbands and sons lost in the Great War.

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published: 18:00 - 12 February 2008