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    Mark Gatiss brings stinging superciliousness
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    A poignant expression of inhibited self-expression
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The Boys in the Band Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 17 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Age recommendation: Recommended for age 14+

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: 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!

Latest Audience Reviews

Great show. Very funny. My friend thought I would like it because I like drag queens, but this wa... More

Charmainf Top 50 reviewer24 Mar 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.

Charmainf Top 50 reviewer24 Mar 2017

A seminal play in the fight for the gay community doesn't quite pull the same punches that one as... More

sayers500 22 Jan 2018

A seminal play in the fight for the gay community doesn't quite pull the same punches that one assumes it did in it's original staging yet Ian Holland and Mark Gatiss put in great performances and it is moving at times.

sayers500 22 Jan 2018

I loved it, comedic timing of the entire cast was brilliant. Mark Gatiss probably had the fewest... More

lisawiedemann Top 200 reviewer16 Feb 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.

lisawiedemann Top 200 reviewer16 Feb 2017

This show was insane! It was amazing to watch, and such a small cast who were all able to bounce... More

katieharding 19 May 2017

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 19 May 2017
SDTopper 10 Nov 2017

Great cast. Good show, there was a bit of a weird jump in characters that wasn't really explainab... More

Hattie 02 Apr 2017

Great cast. Good show, there was a bit of a weird jump in characters that wasn't really explainable but it did not ruin the performance in a whole. The ending from a writing perspective was perfect.

Hattie 02 Apr 2017
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