Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH
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Opened: 07 Feb 2017
Booking from: 17 Feb 2017
Booking until: 18 Feb 2017
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes
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  • jamesatwill 178 male 63 reviews 1 helpful vote
    60% total rating The Boys in the Band, 9th February 2017
    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.
    For the production that I saw there is a large structure of scaffolding on the right side of the upper circle which had lights on it. Because this seat was right on the end of the row these lights blocked the very back right corner of the stage, and for this particular production there was quite a bit of action I couldn't see in this area of the stage unless I leant quite a bit to the left. (The photo attached to this review was taken at chest height, the lights were more of an obstruction than they look in the photo)
    G18 Upper Circle - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle G18
  • joc78 5"4 female 178 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating The Boys in the Band, 16th February 2017
    ‘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.
    Sat in Stalls K3
    This is a great seat in the stalls. You are to the left of the stage but have a clear view of all that is happening. There is good leg room here and the seat is pretty comfortable. I would definitely recommend this seat.
    K3 Stalls - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls K3
  • lisawiedemann 172 female 42 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating The Boys in the Band, 15th February 2017
    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.
    Perfect view of the stage, felt really close to the action. Really, the view was amazing. You are very cosy with your neighbour as a seats are very narrow and being 5'10 I just barely avoided my knees being squished to the row in front. Very limited leg room and the big bloke next to me looked uncomfortable the whole time. But would sit here again for the view.
    B15 Dress Circle - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle B15
  • Charmainf 5ft 4" female 116 reviews 8 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Boys in the Band, 11th February 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls G6
    This is a good seat with a decent view f. Couldn't see the very far right of the stage when an actor stood there so I had to look around the person in front of me, but this was very occasional. Overall I had a great view of the stage and could see everything. My photo should've perhaps been a little higher as I was holding my camera quite low. Not masses of leg room, so it was a bit tight when people wanted to get past but enough leg room to be comfortable when seated.
    G6 Stalls - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls G6
One of the West End’s more intimate theatres, the Vaudeville Theatre offers generally good views throughout the auditorium.

Sit in the middle of the Stalls for a great overall view of the stage, with some excellent bargains to be had towards the ends of the rows.

Seats in the Dress Circle are usually discounted, but offer brilliant views of the stage. Beware of the pillars that restrict the views of seats at the ends of the rows!
Vaudeville Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
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.
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+