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The Boys in the Band

Vaudeville Theatre, London
The Boys in the Band
Vaudeville Theatre, London
Our Review 4 / 5

“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”

Mark Gatiss stars in this strictly limited West End transfer of the first major revival of this iconic play in two decades. Razor sharp and packed with wit, The Boys in the Band is fresh, startling and brilliantly entertaining. Originating at The Park Theatre in Islington, north London earlier this year the play has been on UK tour where it has received excellent reviews and audience feedback. The production transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited two week run, offering London audiences another opportunity to see this important play.

The Boys in the Band premiered in 1968 just before the Stonewall riots. It was adapted into a film in 1970 and was last revived in New York in 2010. This UK revival will mark almost 20 years since the last West End production.

Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss stars alongside Daniel Boys, Jack Derges, Ian Hallard, James Holmes, John Hopkins, Ben Mansfield, Greg Lockett and Nathan Nolan in a production directed by Adam Penford, the Artistic Director Designate of Nottingham Playhouse.

Nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Mark Gatiss), a self-avowed ‘pock-marked, Jew fairy’, receives a surprise gift: a beautiful male hustler, and 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.

Previews from |
7th February 2017
Opening date |
7th February 2017
Booking from |
18th February 2017
Available until |
18th February 2017
Closes |
18th February 2017
Run time |
2 hours 5 minutes
Categories |
Recommended for age 14+.
Mart Crowley
Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, King’s Head Theatre in association with Park Theatre
Adam Penford
Cast list:
Mark Gatiss, Ian Hallard

Vaudeville Theatre Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

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Our Review of The Boys in the Band


This production has transfered to the Vaudeville Theatre from 7 February 2017. With Mart Crowley's landmark play The Boys in the Band context is everything. Written and set in 1968, the year before the Stonewall riots in New York City, it explores a period of time that is maybe difficult to relate to for a contemporary audience, gay or otherwise, thanks in part to the progressive nature of political and social change in both the UK and USA since that period. Read more

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