Transfer of My Night With Reg opens at Apollo for previews

My Night With Reg

Previews start Saturday for the West End transfer of Kevin Elyot’s bittersweet comedy My Night With Reg at London’s Apollo Theatre.

Directed by Robert Hastie, My Night With Reg sold out at the nearby Donmar during its eight week run last year.

Kevin Elyot’s Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning comedy is set in London’s gay community in the summer of 1985 against the backdrop of the mounting AIDS crisis and on its premiere defined a moment in the lives of gay men.

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.

Geoffrey Streatfeild, Jonathan Broadbent and Julian Ovenden in My Night With Reg. Photos by Johan Persson.

Deliciously funny and bittersweet, Kevin Elyot’s comedy captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.

The revival was hailed by audiences and critics alike (read Stage Review’s verdict here, confirming its status as a classic of late 20th century British drama.

Original Donmar cast members Matt Bardock, Jonathan Broadbent, Richard Cant, Julian Ovenden, Lewis Reeves and Geoffrey Streatfeild reprise their roles.

Kevin Elyot, who died shortly before Reg was due to begin rehearsals for the Donmar production, also wrote Coming Clean (Samuel Beckett Award); Consent, The Moonstone; new translation for the Royal Shakespeare Company of Ostrovsky’s Artists and Dreamers and My Night With Reg (Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy, plus Writers’ Guild and Critics’ Circle Awards).

His adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None for ACT and Chorion opened at the Gielgud Theatre in October 2005.

Kevin’s produced screenplays include Killing Time; an adaptation of The Moonstone; the film version of My Night With Reg; and No Night Is Too Long.

He adapted six of Agatha Christie’s Marple novels as well as three of her Poirot novels, including the show’s final episode, Curtain.

My Night With Reg runs at the Apollo Theatre from January 17 (previews) until April 11.

From the 2014 Donmar production:

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