Ian Brown’s production of Steven Dietz’s AIDS-era play Lonely Planet transfers to the West End during London Pride, trailing a string of four- and five-star reviews. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite quotes from the show’s UK premiere last summer at the Tabard Theatre, where Aaron Vodovoz and Alexander McMorran also starred. Check back for updates after the opening night at Trafalgar Studios on 14 June 2018 – and get booking in the meantime!
How would you react if you thought you might have a life-threatening disease? Would you want to know, or not?
It’s the 1980s. An unknown American city. There is no internet and mobile phones are a rarity. A photo appears at a local store of a person’s torso with lesions all over. This is how people became aware of an unknown virus which ended up decimating the gay community. The medical world barely knew what it was or how it got passed around and the moment you realise you’ve contracted this disease, it’s just too late.
Steven Dietz‘s 1993 two-hander Lonely Planet is a moving, funny and intimate play that focuses on the friendship between gay men Jody and Carl, played again by Alexander McMorran and Aaron Vodovoz. The play shows an individual’s struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS. Ian Brown directs.
Lonely Planet runs from 12 June to 7 July 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY. Performances are Monday to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £20-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
The following reviews – and production shots – date from Lonely Planet‘s limited season at London’s Tabard Theatre, where it ran from 27 June to 15 July 2017.