“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”
There’s a party tonight… Nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Mark Gatiss), a self-confessed ‘Jew fairy’, receives a surprise gift from his friend, Emory (James Holmes), in the form of a beautiful male hustler. Meanwhile, party host Michael (Ian Hallard) gets an unwanted surprise of his own in the shape of a figure from his past. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heart-break.
“Witty, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining” – The New York Post (2010, NYC Production)
From the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys andAnother Country, and the forthcoming stage adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, comes this eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal 1968 piece, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which premiered just before the Stonewall riots and changed the landscape of gay theatre. It was made into a film in 1970.
Adam Penford, whose recent credits include A Small Family Business (National Theatre) and One Man, Two Guvnors (revival director for UK tour, Broadway & West End) directs a stellar cast led by Olivier Award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, London Spy, Coalition); with Ian Hallard (Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time); and James Holmes (Miranda, Psychoville).
Also in the cast: West End musical theatre star Daniel Boys is ‘Donald’; Jack Derges, recently seen as the mysterious ‘Andy Flynn’ in EastEnders, is ‘Cowboy’; Midsomer Murders’ John Hopkins is ‘Alan’; Primeval’s Ben Mansfield is ‘Larry’; and Undercover’s Nathan Nolan is ‘Hank’.
For the Q&A on Thursday 6 October 2016, I’ll be joined byTHE BOYS IN THE BAND‘s American author Mart Crowley, whose other credits include the play’s sequel The Men from the Boys, and members of the company.