My Night With Reg, possibly writer Kevin Elyot’s greatest work, is set to open at the Donmar Warehouse a month after its author died.
Elyot had been working with the venue when he lost a long battle against illness earlier this month.
The Olivier and Evening Standard award-winning play will open at the Donmar Warehouse on July 31 directed by the theatre’s current trainee associate director Robert Hastie.
The death of the playwright has hit everyone involved in the upcoming production.
Executive producer Kate Pakenham and artistic director Josie Rourke said: “Robert Hastie had been working with Kevin on script preparation, casting and design for the forthcoming production of Kevin’s play My Night With Reg.
“Kevin’s passing makes the whole team at the Donmar resolved to present the production in tribute to Kevin’s life and work.
“In the meantime our thoughts and condolences are with Kevin’s friends and family.”
On its opening in 1994 My Night With Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic.
The comedy is set in London’s gay community in the summer of 1985 against the back drop of the mounting AIDS crisis.
Hastie’s production will star Julian Ovenden as John. He will be joined in the cast by Matt Bardock, Jonathan Broadbent, Richard Cant, Lewis Reeves and Geoffrey Streatfeild.
At Guy’s London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night.
This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever.
Deliciously funny and bittersweet, Kevin Elyot’s comedy captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.
My Night With Reg runs from July 31 to September 27.