The Boys in the Band to Receive Short West End Outing

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The production will transfer to the Vaudeville in February, starring husband-and-husband team Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard.
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The recent sell-out revival of Mart Crowley's classic Off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band, seen at north London's Park Theatre and currently on a short U.K. tour, is to play a two-week West End season, beginning performances February 7, 2017, prior to an official opening February 8, at the Vaudeville Theatre, for a run through February 18.

Produced by Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, in association with Kings Head Theatre, Jack Maple, and Park Theatre, the production is directed by Adam Penford (recently appointed artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse) and stars Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss as Harold alongside his husband, Ian Hallard, as Michael, marking the first time in West End history that a male married couple will appear onstage together.

The company also features Daniel Boys as Donald, Jack Derges as Cowboy, James Holmes as Emory, John Hopkins as Alan, Greg Lockett as Bernard, Ben Mansfield as Larry, and Nathan Nolan as Hank.

In a statement, O'Connell commented, “James and I are thrilled that audiences have taken this show to their hearts in such a big way; with limited availability from our stellar cast I am pleased that we have found a suitable West End home for this fantastic production. We also have over 150 tickets available at every performance at £20, making it accessible for all to enjoy. With only 15 performances, this really is the last chance to catch the play which shook the LGBT world.”

Gatiss and Hallard added, “We've had an amazing time bringing this great play to a whole new generation of theatre-goers. The response from audiences, young and old, gay and straight has proved that Boys retains its power to move people to laughter and tears. It's wonderful to say that we'll be capping the experience with a West End transfer - so the party continues!”

The production is designed by Rebecca Brower, with sound design by James Nicholson and lighting design by Jack Weir; casting is by Stephen Moore.

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