Got your tickets yet for Robin Lefevre’s new production of Alan Bowne’s future dystopian AIDS play Beirut at the Park Theatre? Check out our massive gallery of Wolfblood‘s Louisa Connolly-Burnham and Robert Rees in the rehearsal room – this one is going to be steamy! – and then get booking!
Torch has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut” after testing positive for a nameless disease. Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world.
His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm’s length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely, and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails….
Written in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis (when the playwright himself died from AIDS at 44 years old), Beirut is a cutting examination of a society ravaged by a nameless disease. Robert Rees and Louisa Connolly-Burnham star as, respectively, Torch and Blue in this UK revival of Alan Bowne‘s rarely seen 1987 play Beirut.
The production is directed by New York Drama Desk Award winner Robin Lefevre and designed by Liz Ascroft, with sound John Leonard, lighting by Leigh Porter and casting by Emily Jones.
Beirut runs from 12 June to 7 July 2018 at the Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.15pm. Tickets are priced £18 (concessions £16.50, previews £14.50). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!