Mark Gatiss leads an all-star revival of Mart Crowley’s ground-breaking play, The Boys In The Band which opens at London’s Park Theatre this autumn ahead of a regional tour.
This seminal piece, which premiered in 1968 just before the Stonewall riots, is a witty, dark American play which changed the landscape of gay theatre was adapted into a film in 1970, becoming a cult hit.
The play was last revived in New York in 2010, and this UK revival will mark almost 20 years since the last West End production.
A party is about to start when nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold, a self-confessed ‘Jew fairy’, receives a surprise birthday gift – a beautiful male hustler, dubbed Cowboy.
Meanwhile, party host Michael 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.
Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss will star alongside his husband, Ian Hallard, in the production, which sees the pair playing Harold and Michael.
The are joined by stage and screen stars Daniel Boys, Jack Derges, James Holmes, John Hopkins, Ben Mansfield and Nathan Nolan. Further casting to be announced. Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this production, which will bring this classic gay play back to London for the first time in eighteen years.
“The script is razor sharp, with huge amounts of wit and pathos, and is as fresh, startling and relevant as it was back in 1968.
“It’s tremendously exciting to be working with a superb creative and production team who are bringing the show to Park Theatre. And we can’t wait to work together on stage for the first time.”
The boys in the Band is being produced by Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, in association with Jack Maple, the producers behind the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys and Another Country, and the forthcoming stage adaptation of Brokeback Mountain.
Producer Tom O’Connell said: “James and I are thrilled to be producing this wonderful play, which is loved by so many around the world”.
The production is directed by Adam Penford (A Small Family Business, One Man Two Guvnors) and will open at Park Theatre on September 28, running until October 30.
The show will then embark on a short UK Tour visiting The Lowry, Salford (November 3 – 6); Theatre Royal, Brighton (November 8 – 12) and the West Yorkshire Playhouse (November 14 – 19).