London's National Theatre will present a Queer Theatre event series to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Running May through July, the National will examine how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings, exhibitions, talks, and screenings.
The rehearsed readings will be offered July 6–10 to celebrate Pride weekend. The series will feature seminal gay plays helmed by top directors. The lineup follows:
July 6: Neaptide (1986), by Sarah Daniels, directed by Sarah Frankcom
July 7: Wig Out (2008), by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by McCraney
July 8: Certain Young Men (1999), by Peter Gill, directed by Gill
July 9: Bent (1979), by Martin Sherman, directed by Stephen Daldry
July 10: The Drag (1927), by Mae West, directed by Polly Stenham
The five readings will be held in the Lyttelton Theatre, and will be followed by post-show discussions. A free exhibition, entitled In Visible Ink, which traces LGBT+ stories at the NT, will also be part of the event series; details of talks and screenings will be announced shortly.
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