Have you booked your tickets yet for the King’s Head’s upcoming 35th anniversary revival of Kevin Elyot’s first play Coming Clean? We reckon you’ll want to after sneaking a peek at these rehearsal room photos…
Directed by King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Coming Clean runs at the King’s Head Theatre from 25 July to 26 August 2017 (press night on Friday 28 July) and stars Lee Knight as Tony, Elliot Hadley as William/Jurgen, Tom Lambert as Robert and Jason Nwoga as Greg.
This is the play’s first major London revival since it opened at the Bush Theatre on 3 November 1982, and aptly opens in the month that marks the 50th anniversary since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Coming Clean looks at the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship and examines complex questions of fidelity and love. The production headline the King’s Head Queer season, running from August through to September.
The play is set in a flat in Kentish Town, north London, in 1982. Struggling writer Tony and his partner of five years, Greg, seem to have the perfect relationship. Committed and in love, they are both open to one-night stands as long as they don’t impinge on the relationship. But Tony is starting to yearn for something deeper, something more like monogamy. When he finds out that Greg has been having a full-blown affair with their cleaner, Robert, their differing attitudes towards love and commitment become clear.
Written 12 years before his most famous play, My Night With Reg, Coming Clean won Elyot the Samuel Beckett Award for writers showing particular promise in the field of the performing arts.