Mark Gatiss’s ‘The Boys in the Band’ is coming to Brighton

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Sherlock star Mark Gatiss will appear in the ground-breaking The Boys in the Band in Brighton this autumn, alongside his husband Ian Hallard.

As part of a short UK tour, Mart Crowley’s witty, dark American play will visit Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday 8 November until Saturday 12 November.

Tickets are on sale now or by calling 0844 871 7650.

The official synopsis reads: “There’s a party about to commence 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.”

Gatiss and Hallard will play Harold and Michael in the eagerly anticipated production from the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys and Another Country.

The couple commented: “We are thrilled to be a part of this production, which will bring this seminal 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

James Baker from Stonewall added: “We’re thrilled to be the charity partner for this new tour of The Boys in the Band and it’s fantastic that the producers recognise the importance of our work. The tour will not only raise awareness but also vital funds to continue Stonewall’s work tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.  We’re looking forward to seeing the production later on this summer and to talking more about our work to anyone attending.”

The Boys in the Band was first performed in 1968 just before the Stonewall riots and was last revived in New York in 2010.

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