The Boys in the Band at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
The Boys in the Band at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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Overview

After a sold-out run at the Park Theatre, Adam Penford’s heralded revival of The Boys in the Band transferred to the West End for a strictly limited two week season. Starring Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard, this witty, gritty emotional play originally opened in 1968 before the Stonewall riots, and completely changed the landscape of theatre.

The Boys in the Band takes place in a New York apartment, as Michael hosts a party for his partner Harold, a self-proclaimed “pock-marked, Jew fairy”. Quickly, the gifts begin to flow, the drink gets knocked back and the dope circles the room.

As Harold receives a surprise present in the form of a rather dashing cowboy hustler, Michael also receives a present, in the form of a forgotten figure from his past. Soon, the air of celebration evaporates and elation quickly turns into heartbreak.

Mark Gatiss starred as Harold, opposite Ian Hallard as Michael, with the original play having marked the first time in history that a male married couple appeared on the West End. Gatiss is well-known for his appearances both on and off screen, including BBC’s Sherlock, as well as his Olivier Award-winning role in Three Days in the Country. Hallard is best known for his role in Doctors.

Additional cast members included Daniel Boys (Miss Atomic Bomb) as Donald, Jack Derges (EastEnders) as Cowboy, James Holmes, as Emory, John as Alan, Greg Lockett as Bernard, Ben Mansfield as Larry and Nathan Nolan Hank.

Produced by Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, The Boys in the Band was directed by Adam Penford, with design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by James Nicholson and lighting design by Jack Weir. Dripping with razor-sharp wit and equally touching moments, this revolutionary play opened for a limited time at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, from 7th February to 18th February 2017.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy comedies will feel at home with The Boys in the Band, which is similar to recent productions such as Dead Funny. This is also a great chance to see a star-studded cast on stage!

The Boys in the Band is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for age 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Opened: 07 Feb 2017
Press night: 08 Feb 2017
Booking from: 17 Feb 2017
Booking until: 18 Feb 2017

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

19 Reviews Add review

I managed to get a good deal on a ticket for this show, and I feel like I got my moneys worth. The cast were absolutely brilliant... More

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I managed to get a good deal on a ticket for this show, and I feel like I got my moneys worth. The cast were absolutely brilliant (Except for the character of Emery - I know he's meant to be over the top, but the acting just didn't work). A a gay man, this play was a fascinating insight into gay life back in the 60s/70s, and it was interesting to see that a lot of the struggles that they were facing back then are still relevant today. I was a bit disappointed that Mark Gatiss isn't in the show until the second act, especially as he is being used to advertise the whole play, but the rest of the cast were so great it didn't matter too much. Not one of the best plays I've ever seen, but I'm glad I got to see it.

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

‘The Boys in the Band’ was ok. Certain parts had me laughing but I was not in fits of laughter as the adverts/critics led me to b... More

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

‘The Boys in the Band’ was ok. Certain parts had me laughing but I was not in fits of laughter as the adverts/critics led me to believe. It certainly is a play ‘of its time’ and parts of it did feel very dated. I found some of the characters to be completely over the top which grated on me somewhat. Mark Gatiss was superb in his role (but he never seems to disappoint!) and I loved the staging and the music used. I just left the theatre feeling a little underwhelmed, but still an enjoyable couple of hours.

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I loved it, comedic timing of the entire cast was brilliant. Mark Gatiss probably had the fewest lines, but his deadpan perfect de... More

lisawiedemann 172, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I loved it, comedic timing of the entire cast was brilliant. Mark Gatiss probably had the fewest lines, but his deadpan perfect delivery had me laughing out loud the entire time. Very funny for first half, heartbreaking (and still funny) in the second. Bravo to all involved.

lisawiedemann 172, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great show. Very funny. My friend thought I would like it because I like drag queens, but this was like drag queens without the co... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Great show. Very funny. My friend thought I would like it because I like drag queens, but this was like drag queens without the costumes and make up. They were right. Very sharp humour. Small cast with an easy to follow storyline. Highly recommend this.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This show was insane! It was amazing to watch, and such a small cast who were all able to bounce off each other. Every one in the ... More

katieharding 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was insane! It was amazing to watch, and such a small cast who were all able to bounce off each other. Every one in the audience enjoyed the music to go with the show, lots of laughs and tears too. Brilliant!

katieharding 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A great show, very darkly funny with great performances all round. Gatiss' wig is superb. Well worth seeing.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 104 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A great show, very darkly funny with great performances all round. Gatiss' wig is superb. Well worth seeing.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 104 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hilarious show, performed brilliantly. Had a great time and a fabulous cast.

jamesflockhart 101 reviews, 15 helpful votes

Hilarious show, performed brilliantly. Had a great time and a fabulous cast.

jamesflockhart 101 reviews, 15 helpful votes

Nice, if not dated, play that manages to be hilarious and touching despite of some structural issues

sondheimkid 170, 130 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Nice, if not dated, play that manages to be hilarious and touching despite of some structural issues

sondheimkid 170, 130 reviews, 23 helpful votes

michelledueck 5"2', 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

michelledueck 5"2', 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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