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Vaudeville Theatre, London4.251 reviews
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The Boys In The Band by Mart Crowley and directed by Adam Penford for only 2 weeks at the Vaudeville Theatre!

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.

There’s a party tonight. It’s 1968 and nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Mark Gatiss) receives a surprise gift from his friend, Emory (James Holmes), in the form of a beautiful male hustler. Meanwhile, party host Michael (Ian Hallard) gets an unwanted surprise of his own. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heartbreak.

From the producers of the acclaimed productions of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys and Another Country, this eagerly anticipated revival stars Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, London Spy), Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Jack Derges (Eastenders, Humans), Ian Hallard (Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time), James Holmes (Miranda, Psychoville), John Hopkins (Poldark, Midsomer Murders) and Ben Mansfield (Primeval, Endeavour) alongside Greg Lockett and Nathan Nolan. The Boys in the Band is directed by Adam Penford, the Artistic Director Designate of Nottingham Playhouse, whose credits include One Man, Two Guv’nors.

Designed by Rebecca Brower lighting by Jack Weir sound by James Nicholson

‘Mark Gatiss brings stinging superciliousness to landmark gay play.’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Raucous laughter… thoroughly fulfilling.’ ★★★★ The Independent

‘Still timeless and universal.’ ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Out on stage and proud. Glorious!’ ★★★★ Metro

‘I was rapt. The stuff of great drama… directed with panache by Adam Penford.’ ★★★★ Observer

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Additional Information

Running time

2h05m including interval

Performance dates

Tuesday 7th February 2017 to Saturday 18th February 2017. Monday to Saturday 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday Matinee 3pm.

Special notes

14+ recommendation

Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Customer Reviews

51 reviews4.2

Tatjana Kocubey15th March

Funny, sad, touching. Wonderful cast. I hope they'll play it again.

Geoffrey Orme5th March

I was expecting the play to feel very dated but it wasn't. A very good ensemble piece and very enjoyable.

shaun752nd March

Well acted/funny/thought provoking

Jane21st February

Didn't know what to expect when booking the show, but it was fantastic. Each performer shone in their own right - brilliant!

Mark Bryden20th February

I was really disappointed by the show. It was in fact the worse show I've seen for a very long time. Unfunny, over acted and a waste of money! Sorry. :-(

Duncan Mackenzie20th February

Superb production - wonderful performances by the whole cast and great direction.

Charles Gibson19th February

The performance by every cast member was excellent. The set was excellent. The play itself had some very funny moments and the timing was perfect. Congratulations to the director for this. Unfortunately I think the play has dated over the years to some extent but is still relevant in modern society. PS: I loved the gift boy. He was so nice to look at and ha can act as well.

Claire Kinsman19th February

Fantastic play which kept us amused and entertained throughout! Great cast of actors!

Keith Brown19th February

loved it. very funny but with serious issues dealt with.

Wendy Klein19th February

Brilliantly acted play covering serious issues with tragicomedy.

Stewart Murray18th February

Good show. First act better. Cool acting. Liked NYC context. A little disappointed with second act as overly melodrammatic. But a fun gay play with serious dark undertones. Pricey tickets for quality of play and acting. I would recommend to friends and others to go watch the show but not buy ecpensive seats.

Mr O'Neill18th February

Brilliant show with great actors who take us from laughs to empathy to insight. A wonderful story of being gay in the 70s that is still hugely relevant today to anyone who has struggled to fit in or has been terrified of the consequences of other people finding out. Strong performances from a great cast. Loved it.