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Love in Idleness

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After a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn’s revival of Terence Rattigan’s 1944 comedy Love in Idleness comes to the Apollo Theatre. Playing a strictly limited 50 performances, the five-star production achieved success at the Off-West End venue, impressing audiences and critics alike.

Set during the final years of the Second World War, Love in Idleness sees young Michael Brown return home after four years away in Canada, bringing with him left-wing, youthful ideologies. When he discovers his widowed mother, Olivia, has become the mistress of topical cabinet minister John Fletcher, the two personalities begin to clash, pulling into question Olivia’s relationships.

Last seen in London in 1944, Love in Idleness is the rarely revived play from the writer behind Harlequinade, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea and many more. Playing limited performances at the London venue, the hilarious comedy is the latest production to transfer from the Menier Chocolate Factory, following in the footsteps of West End successes Funny Girl and Travesties.

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Love in Idleness is Terence Rattigan’s 1944 comedy, directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Fatal Attraction, Relative Values). Produced by the Menier Chocolate Factory, the play features design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clarke and projection design by Duncan McLean.

Casting includes Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (Hedda Gabler, The Duchess of Malfi) as Olivia Brown, Anthony Head (BBC’s Merlin) as John Fletcher and Edward Bluemel (The Halcyon) as Michael Brown. Further casting includes Vivienne Rochester and Nicola Sloane.

Show Lengths and Times

Love in Idleness plays at the Apollo Theatre London from May 11th to July 1st 2017, with an official opening on May 18th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm Tuesday-Saturday, with matinees on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an interval.

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Love in Idleness may not be suitable for young children.

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Brodsky / Baryshnikov

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Please note that Brodsky / Baryshnikov is performed in Russian with English surtitles.

A solo show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, Brodsky / Baryshnikov is the tale of one man’s incredible emotional journey, conceived and directed by acclaimed Latvian director Alvis Hermanis.

Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, the play dives deep into Brodsky’s real, visceral and complex compositions, bringing out the truth and meaning in his poignant and eloquent works. Delivered in Russian, Brodsky’s own language, Baryshnikov transports the audience into an imagining of the poet’s own world, through subtle physicality and searing dialogue.

Told through recitations of Brodsky’s poems, this ground-breaking piece of theatre receives its UK premiere at the Apollo Theatre London, presented by Bird&Carrot. A co-production from Hermanis’ own company, The New Riga Theatre, and Baryshnikov Productions, this mesmerising performance plays at the theatre for a limited four shows.

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Brodsky / Baryshnikov is based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky and is directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre. The performance features design by Kristine Jurjane, lighting design by Gleb Filshtinski and sound design by Oleg Novikovs and Gatis Builis, with video design by Ineta Sipunova. Performed in Russian, the English surtitles translation is by James Gambrell.

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Show Lengths and Times

Brodsky / Baryshnikov opens at the Apollo Theatre London for a limited season, from May 3rd until May 6th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every evening.

Show running time is 90 minutes, without an interval.

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Brodsky / Baryshnikov may not be suitable for young children. Please check age guidelines before attending.

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Travesties

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‘the crackling intelligence is infectious’

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‘an incredible, brave, opposite-of-televisual choice of play’

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‘an impeccably constructed – or deconstructed – literary romp’

Following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Patrick Marber’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning play Travesties transfers to the West End. Starring Tom Hollander as Henry Carr, the war-time comedy received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike Opening at London’s Apollo Theatre, Travesties begins preview performances on February 3rd 2017.

Set primarily in Zürich, Switzerland, Travesties follows English diplomat Henry Carr during the First World War. Living in the city, Henry surrounds himself with beloved characters, including communist revolutionary Lenin, Tristan Tzara and Irish writer James Joyce – as well as Gwendolen and Cecily from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Henry knows he was Algernon in a production of the play, but as this dazzling comedy reaches a mind-boggling climax, you begin to wonder just what he truly remembers – or misremembers.

Premiering at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974 before transferring to Broadway, Travesties was first directed by Peter Wood, with the original production scooping the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Tony Award for Best Play. Last seen at the Savoy Theatre in 1993, this revival is the first in over 20 years. Travesties opens at the Apollo Theatre, beginning performances in February 2017.

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Patrick Marber directs the revival, with previous directing credits including Closer at the National, Lyric Theatre and Broadway, Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre and Dealer’s Choice, amongst many more. Travesties features design by Tim Hatley and lighting design by Neil Austin, with sound design and original music by Adam Cork.

Written by Academy and Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, Travesties is one in many of his plays that has been seen on the West End. One of the most performed dramatists around the world, Stoppard’s best-known plays include The Hard Problem, The Real Inspector Hound, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love.

Tom Hollander stars as Henry Carr, with previous theatre credits including A Flea in Her Ear, The Threepenny Opera, The Judas Kiss and Tartuffe, amongst many more. Hollander is also well-known for his screen appearances, including the recent Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, Rev., About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean and Desperate Romantics. Further cast members include Amy Morgan as Gwendolen, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara, Clare Foster as Cecily, Forbes Masson as Lenin, Sarah Quist as Nadya and Peter McDonald as James Joyce, with Tim Wallers as Bennett.

Show Lengths and Times

Travesties opens at the Apollo Theatre London for preview performances beginning February 3rd, with an official opening night on February 15th 2017. The play is set to run until April 29th 2017.

Show running time is 2 hours and 25 minutes, including an interval.

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Travesties may not be suitable for young children.

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Horrible Histories

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‘the show is perfect edutainment’

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‘funny and sharp, delivering the one-liners with excellent timing’

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‘the jokes and songs are excellent’

A whole new production of the hugely successful Horrible Histories series is to come back to London for another hilariously horrible run. The Best of Barmy Britain sees the best and most grizzly bits of the previous shows combined to create one revolting romp through Britain’s history. Celebrating five years on the West End, The Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Apollo Theatre London on August 5th.

Directed by and starring Neal Foster, The Best of Barmy Britain takes us through the most pivotal points in British history, as we encounter boisterous Boudicca, cowardly King John, hot-headed Henry VIII, devilish Dick Turpin and the groovy, dancing Queen Victoria! An unusual depiction of the country’s most notable moments, the grizzly parts are also kept in, as we are engulfed in the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes’ Gun Powder plot!

The Best of Barmy Britain is part of the highly acclaimed Horrible Histories series, penned by Terry Deary. With over 50 titles available, the books have sold over 25 million copies across 40 countries, educating children with its gruesome, grizzly tales. Produced by the Birmingham Stage Company, the stage adaptations of Horrible Histories have toured for over eleven years, entertaining audiences across the UK and Ireland, as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!

Adapted from Deary’s best-selling books, the productions have enjoyed wide critical acclaim, landing them once more in London’s West End. Opening at the Apollo Theatre, The Best of Barmy Britain is set to open August 5th for a limited run until September 3rd 2016.

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The Best of Barmy Britain is part of the highly acclaimed Horrible Histories series, penned by Terry Deary. Directed by Neal Foster, who also heads up the Birmingham Stage Company, the production features design by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar, music by Matthew Scott and choreography by Kenn Oldfield.

Barmy Britain regulars Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn will star in the production.

Show Lengths and Times

The Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Apollo Theatre London on August 5th and is set to run until September 3rd 2016.

Show running time is 60mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Best of Barmy Britain is suitable for all ages, especially children! Be aware that some moments may be slightly grizzly, but not unsuitable!

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The Go-Between

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‘a quiet triumph of determination and a true labour of love’

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‘Crawford, now 74, delivers a remarkably moving and sensitively sung performance’

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‘Crawford, exuding a desiccated sadness, sings Taylor’s score beautifully’

Legendary stage and screen actor Michael Crawford stars in the premiere of a new British musical, The Go-Between. After opening with previews on May 27thThe Go-Between plays at the Apollo Theatre London, with an official opening on June 7th 2016.

Previously running at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal & Derngate and Derby Live, The Go-Between has received Best Musical Production at the Theatre Awards UK. Featuring a new score by Richard Taylor (Whistle Down the Wind) and a book by beloved children’s dramatist David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom), this promises to be a hit. In 1970, The Go-Between was made into a film starring Michael Redgrave.

Based on L. P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between follows the story of an elderly man, Leo Colston, who unintentionally unlocks memories of his past, which he had long since left behind. Snapshots of a particularly hot summer in 1900 appear, along with his days spent in Norfolk. When a young Leo spends the holidays with the family of his friend Marcus, he is plunged into an adult world of deceit and illicit passion. Leo becomes trapped in a doomed love affair between upper-class Marian and farmer Ted, acting as the go-between. Soon, he realises that this has shaped his life forever.

The Go-Between plays at the Apollo Theatre. Don’t miss out on this chance to see Crawford back on stage!

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The Go-Between features a book by much-loved children’s dramatist David Wood, who has previously adapted Goodnight Mister Tom for the stage, as well as Roald Dahl classics such as The Witches and The Twits. An original score has been penned for the musical by Richard Taylor, who is well-known for composing Whistle Down the Wind. This new musical is produced by Joseph Smith and prolific producer Bill Kenwright, with direction from Roger Haines, who has in the past worked on A Warning to the Curious and The Full Monty.

Michael Crawford stars as Leo Colston in what is his first return to the West End since his performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. Crawford is best-known for playing Frank in Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, as well as for creating the titular role In Barnum, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His iconic performance as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera also earned him a Tony Award, Drama Desk and Critics Circle Award. In 1986, he received an OBE from the Queen.

Further casting includes Gemma Sutton (Gypsy) as Marian, Stuart Ward as Ted, Issy Van Randwyck as Mrs Maudsley, Stephen Carlile as Trimingham, Julian Forsyth as Mr Maudsley, John Addison as Henry, Jenni Bowden as Stanton/Leo’s Mother/Eulalie and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Denys. A cast of six boys alternate the roles of Leo and Marcus.

Show Lengths and Times

The Go-Between opened at the Apollo Theatre London on May 27th, with an official opening on June 7th 2016. The musical is set to run until October 15th. Performances are at 7:30pm every day excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 20mins, including an interval.

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The Go-Between is family friendly and suited to all generations. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster cushions for young children.

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Nell Gwynn

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‘every role is superbly performed’

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‘the chief delight lies in watching Arterton’

After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out season at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s rollicking restoration play Nell Gwynn transfers to the Apollo Theatre in February 2016, starring Gemma Arterton. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play follows the true story of the exuberant Nell Gwynn, who rose from lowly orange-seller to England’s favourite actress.

Nell Gwynn is the recent recipient of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, up against stiff competition from Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Hand to God and A Christmas Carol. Further Olivier Award nominations included Gemma Arterton for Best Actress, alongside Michele Dotrice, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Set in 1660, Nell Gwynn pays her way by selling oranges on Drury Lane, unaware that she has a very secret and very royal admirer. After returning from exile and being restored to the throne, Charles II brings with him a love of all things French, which soon transforms London. In an age where women were not allowed on stage, Gwynn battles to become one of Britain’s favoured actresses, winning the heart of Charles II on the way.

Described by Samuel Pepys as ‘pretty, witty Nell,’ Arterton will play the charming and cheeky Nell. Don’t miss out on what is yet another successful West End transfer. Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre on February 12th and is set to play until April 30th 2016.

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Nell Gwynn is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose credits include Spamalot and The Madness of King George III, starring David Haig. The play also features design by the prolific Hugh Durrant, with original compositions by Nigel Heiss.

Gemma Arterton stars as Nell, after most recently appearing as Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham, which won her an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in a Musical. Well-known for her role in St Trinians, Arterton has also appeared in The Quantum of Solace and Tamara Drewe, and was also the title role in The Duchess of Malfi in 2014 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Further cast members include Michele Dotrice as Nancy, Michael Garner as Thomas Killigrew, Greg Haiste as Edward Kynaston, Peter McGovern as Ned Spigget, David Rintoul as Lord Arlington, Anneika Rose as Rose Gwynn, Nicholas Shaw as John Dryden, David Sturzaker as Charles II, Jay Taylor as Charles Hart, Sasha Waddell as Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle and Sarah Woodward as Old Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine. Ensemble members include Paige Carter, Matthew Durkan, George Lennings and Ellie Leah.

Show Lengths and Times

Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre London on February 12th and is set to run until April 30th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 35mins, including an interval.

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Nell Gwynn is recommended for ages 12 and up, with adult language and references of a sexual nature. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster seats.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

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‘everyone loves a theatrical disaster’

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‘constant joy of Adam Meggido’s razor-sharp production’

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‘dizzying, dazzling display of meta-theatrical brilliance’

Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated chaotic comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns once more to London’s Apollo Theatre, after a successful run in 2015. Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the company’s latest comic treat to hit the West End and is set to return to the London venue in October 2016 for a limited festive season.

Created by Mischief Theatre’s Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, Peter Pan Goes Wrong earned a nomination for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, losing out to Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn. Peter Pan Goes Wrong has enjoyed huge success, commended by audiences and critics alike. With Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong continuing to play at the Duchess Theatre, and with the opening of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, it is safe to say that Mischief are quickly taking over the West End.

Bringing back the hilarity of countless calamities, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society desperate to deliver a perfect performance of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. Unfortunately, on the way to Neverland, the accident-prone thespians are forced to battle through cast disputes, technical hitches and general dismal luck with hilarious and disastrous results.

An absolutely side-splitting smash-hit, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the perfect festive treat for the whole family, promising pranks, errors and a whole load of deliberate guffaws and gags. Mischief Theatre’s favourite farce returns to the Apollo Theatre from October 20th 2016 and will play until January 29th 2017.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the Olivier Award-nominated comedy created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, with direction from Adam Meggido (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical). The show features lighting design by Matt Haskins, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom, set design by Simon Scullion, costume design by Roberto Surace and compositions by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer, who make the disasters run smoothly – as smoothly as they can!

Previously starring the original Mischief Theatre Company, Peter Pan Goes Wrong features an all-new cast, including Adeline Waby, Bailey Patrick, Bryony Corrigan, Daniel Pitout, Harry Kershaw, Laurence Pears, Matt Cavendish, Oliver Senton, Susan Harrison, Sydney Smith, Tom Cox and Katherine Carlton.

Show Lengths and Times

Peter Pan Goes Wrong opens at the Apollo Theatre London on October 20th and is set to run over the festive season until January 29th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm. There are additional performances on Sunday, with a matinee at 3pm and the evening show at 7pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 5mins, including an interval.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong is entirely family-friendly and is suitable for those looking for an entertaining alternative to pantomime! Recommended age is 8 and up. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster seats for young children.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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Having previously had it’s own BBC Radio 4 series and having extensively toured the UK, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, received a much anticipated two month long West End transfer from the 24th September 2015.

Each night, seven performers are selected from a wider troupe to create an entirely improvised new musical for their audience, meaning no two performances are ever the same. With a run of 80 shows over ten weeks, this means that the Showstopper! team will create 80 new pieces of theatre!

Audiences may suggest material to the performers, who will then transform their ideas into song and dance numbers, often to hilarious effect. Be it a love story, a comedy, a tragedy or something downright insane; the Showstopper! troupe will work with their material and deliver it in perfect harmony – sometimes with the odd jazz hand in tow!

Cast members include Showstopper! creators Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery as well as Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Phillip Pellew, Adam Pugsley, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd and Sarah- Louise Young.

As well as strong improvisational skills on display from the performers, the technical team also need to be quick to react to the improvised drama. This includes Tom Lishman on sound, Tim Mascall on lighting and Duncan Walsh Atkins as musical director.

As well as being a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical has played across the world in counties such as Ireland, Canada, China and The United Arab Emirates. Finally the show is able to reach the next level as it arrives on a much bigger scale at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, where literally anything could happen each night!

The show runs until the 29th November 2015, with press night on the 30th September. Tickets for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical London are on sale now!

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Dear Lupin

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Hot off the back of a successful UK tour, Dear Lupin is set to arrive at the Apollo Theatre. Preview performances will begin from 30th July 2015.

Father and son James Fox (A Passage To India, Patriot Games, Downton Abbey) and Jack Fox will star alongside one another in this hotly anticipated book to stage adaptation.

Journalist Roger Mortimer, a former racing correspondent for The Sunday Times, wrote Dear Lupin as a touching memoir to document the relationship between himself and his son, Charlie. Told through actual letters between the pair that span 24 years, Dear Lupin is both a documentary of growing up and the sometimes tempestuous friction between father and son.

The show starts as Charlie, or “Lupin,” is a 15 year-old on the brink of expulsion from Eton and follows him through many stints of rebellion and adherence to awkward fashion trends until he becomes a fully grown man.

Mortimer’s book has been adapted to the stage by actor and writer, Michael Simkins who has recently been seen starring in Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Simkins has said: “adapting Dear Lupin was an opportunity nobody with my particular humorous sensibilities could turn down, as it’s a comic masterpiece.”

Dear Lupin is directed by Philip Franks with designs by Adrian Linford, Lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Matthew Bugg.

Dear Lupin will enjoy a limited run until the 19th September 2015, with press night held on August 3rd. Tickets are now on sale and can be booked using the search box on the right hand side of the page.

Running Time

Dear Lupin runs at 2hrs and 20 minutes including interval

Age Restrictions

Dear Lupin contains moderate adult language and is therefore not suitable for children under the age of 12.

My Night With Reg

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Following a sell out season at London’s Donmar Warehouse, My Night With Reg transferred to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited run starting on  Saturday January 17th and running to Saturday April 11th 2015.

Kevin Elyot’s My Night With Reg is set in 1980’s London amid the gay community facing the escalating AIDS crisis. Following a group of gay friends though the highs and lows of their friendship, the play spans several years.

Told in just three scenes, all of the action of the play takes place in Guy’s London apartment. Guy is seemingly a lonely man with a secret crush on his good friend, John. The audience discovers that, whilst on holiday in Lanzarote, Guy had unprotected sex with a gay man who forced himself upon him.

The much discussed “Reg” is conspicuously absent throughout the play but is heavily discussed throughout, especially in the first scene – Guy’s flat warming party. Despite his absence, the audience learns a lot about the character, who is seemingly sleeping with all of Guy’s close friends, including his beloved John…

My Night With Reg is Directed by Robert Hastie, with designs by Peter Mckintosh. Further casting has yet to be confirmed.

Whilst often funny, My Night with Reg is a moving tale of love, loss, friendship and an incurable disease. If it’s widely praised run at the Donmar Warehouse is anything to go by, this show is not to be missed.