MEDIA: ZEITGEIST - Maradona's life, as told in a musical, transcends usual flawed footballers cliches

Prostitutes, orgies, backhanders, violent scuffles with paparazzi, adulatory crowd scenes and ferocious arguments with everyone from Prince Charles to a corrupt Argentinian president. That's before we get a chance to look at the drugs. Or consider the football. And according to many who've fallen under its spell since the opening night, the most touching bit is where the ghost of Che Guevara appears as a sort of guardian angel.

"Maradona the musical" certainly has it all. The man himself, detoxing in Cuba courtesy of Fidel Castro, couldn't attend the first night a couple of weeks ago in Buenos Aires; but God's Right Hand Man is known to approve of this hysterical homage to his life and times - Number Ten: Between Heaven and Hell.

A British production company is in the process of tying up a licensing deal to bring the show to Europe later this year. Just before or after Euro 2004 would seem a decent bet. Get in.

The show: Number Ten: Between Heaven and Hell

The place: A West End theatre currently showing something worse, yet to

be decided

The time: Summer 2004

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