From a conventional Surrey upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit.
Now Mark Farrelly’s astonishing one-man show, Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, written and performed by him, returns to London for a five-night run the Jack Studio Theatre this June as part of a national tour.
Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being assaulted on London’s streets simply for his refusal to be anything less than himself.
His steadfast courage, and the powerful philosophy that evolved from those experiences, continue to inspire to the present day.
This much-acclaimed solo play, following a UK tour and off-West End season at the St. James Theatre, shows Quentin both in his beloved Chelsea flat as the 1970s dawned, and in his final years in his adopted New York, with the new millennium beckoning.
Naked Hope is a gloriously uplifting salute to a true one-off, and a timely reminder of the urgent necessity to live every day as your true self.
Sheffield-born Mark Farrelly is an actor and writer, and is the author of two hit solo plays, The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope.
Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by renowned EastEnders star Linda Marlowe, who has won awards for her own solo work such as Berkoff’s Women.
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope plays at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, South London, from June 12 – 16.
Remaining 2018 Tour Dates
May 15 – 16, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin May 18, Everyman Theatre Studio, Cheltenham May 24 – 25, South Hill Park, Bracknell May 27, Swindon Arts Centre June 8, Quay Theatre, Suffolk June 22, Stamford Arts Centre July 1 & 8, Zedel, Piccadilly, London July 10, Northern Stage, Newcastle Sept 15, Millgate, Saddleworth, Manchester Sept 16, Merlin Theatre, Sheffield.