Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan Begin Queers at The Old Vic July 28

London News   Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan Begin Queers at The Old Vic July 28
The monologues mark 50 years since Britain’s Sexual Offenses Act of 1967, which began the decriminalization process of homosexual men.
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Performances begin July 28 for Queers, an eight-monologue work curated by Mark Gatiss that commemorates 50 years since the U.K. parliament’s introduction of the Sexual Offenses Act of 1967, which began to decriminalize homosexual acts in private between two men.

Presented July 28 and 31 at London’s Old Vic, the cast features Mark Bonnar, Sara Crowe, Jack Derges, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, and Fionn Whitehead.

They will perform works by Matthew Baldwin, Jon Bradfield, Jackie Clune, Michael Dennis, Brian Fillis, Mark Gatiss, Keith Jarrett, and Gareth McLean.

Queers, according to the Old Vic, “celebrates the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay male history over the last century.” The monologues will be directed by Gatiss, along with Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster and Baylis Director Joe Murphy.

The monologues were also filmed earlier this year in a partnership between The Old Vic, BBC Studios, and Pacific Quay Productions. They will air on BBC Four this summer. Many members of the Old Vic cast are featured in the films.

The schedule follows:
July 28:
The Man on the Platform by Mark Gatiss, performed by Jack Derges
The Perfect Gentleman by Jackie Clune, performed by Gemma Whelan
I Miss the War by Matthew Baldwin, performed by Ian Gelder
Something Borrowed by Gareth McLean, performed by Mark Bonnar

July 31:
Missing Alice by Jon Bradfield, performed by Sara Crowe
Safest Spot in Town by Keith Jarrett, performed by Kadiff Kirwan
A Grand Day Out by Michael Dennis, performed by Fionn Whitehead
More Anger by Brian Fillis, performed by Russell Tovey


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