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    A vibrant tribute to the LGBTQ community

    Jack Holden’s vibrant, award-nominated tribute to queer culture and those who lived through the AIDS crisis returns to London this year. Cruise is the story of a generation, refracted through one man’s last night on earth.

    Michael’s life is meant to end on 29 February 1988. Diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he lost his partner Dave two years later and now isn’t expecting to see another morning. But when the clock keeps ticking and Michael is still alive, he has to face a new challenge. After living every day as if it’s his last, what will he decide to do with his future?

    Based on a true story, Cruise is written by and stars Jack Holden (War Horse), with Bronagh Lagan directing. The show features a soundtrack of ‘80s hits, performed live by John Patrick Elliott. The initial Cruise West End run in 2021 was met with glowing reviews, and the show was nominated for the Best New Play Olivier Award.

    Cruise play tickets take audiences on a rollercoaster of emotions as its protagonist travels through one night in Soho and shines a light on LGBTQ history. This incredible one-man show runs for a limited season at the Apollo Theatre.

    Performance dates: 03 Sep 2022 - 04 Sep 2022

    Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (without an interval)

    Age recommendation: Best for age 16+

    Special notice: This production contains adult themes, including references to self harm.

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    Latest audience reviews

    Brilliant acting in what is essentially a one man show. 1hr 40 mins with no interval. I felt more could... More

    jeanettemartin Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2022

    Brilliant acting in what is essentially a one man show. 1hr 40 mins with no interval. I felt more could have been done with the staging and I found the style of the script rather repetitive. That said there was a spontaneous standing ovation at the end.

    jeanettemartin Top 200 reviewer31 Aug 2022

    An entertaining but thoughtful look at 80s Soho through the eyes of a gay man, loved the live-mixed music More

    rochellebalboa Top 100 reviewer06 Oct 2022

    An entertaining but thoughtful look at 80s Soho through the eyes of a gay man, loved the live-mixed music

    rochellebalboa Top 100 reviewer06 Oct 2022

    10 seconds into #Cruise I knew I was going to love this (essentially) one-man show, although the soundscape... More

    georgem26 23 Sep 2022

    10 seconds into #Cruise I knew I was going to love this (essentially) one-man show, although the soundscape is vitally appointment, much of which is provided live. 100 minutes of non-stop monologue and a performance up there with Jodie Comer, with a marketing poster that also shares some similarities. Jack Holden writes and performs this piece that returns for a limited run. The spoken word seamlessly pops up as do the odd few bars of song or drug-fuelled raves. Holden just has an aura, it feels like he's talking straight to you as he narrates in the first person. It's funny, it's sad, it's hopeful. The pace is relentless with the many voices on Michael's journey filling the spartan stage, providing different tones and moods. The production is so well put together. Soho is built from a few lighting changes, neon thresholds and steel stairs. Every beat is accounted for without being stilted, the use of the rotating stage to create space and movement reminds me a little of The Lehman Trilogy. I was very close to the stage and it involves looking upwards, with occasionally quite an extreme angle, but I understand it's not as jarring as other Apollo shows. I was very happy to see the subtle physical and emotional shifts necessary to pull this off. Stalls, B15, £20 TodayTix daily Rush. Probably got a bit lucky again with the RMT strikes today... 8pm start, although this seemed to be slightly delayed, but on the tube by 10pm!

    georgem26 23 Sep 2022

    Everyone should see this, wish I could get back to see it again before it closes. Amazing, uplifting,... More

    mariap34 28 Aug 2022

    Everyone should see this, wish I could get back to see it again before it closes. Amazing, uplifting, joyous.

    mariap34 28 Aug 2022
    tracybk13 13 Oct 2022
    callumwallace Top 200 reviewer06 Sep 2022
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