Revisiting My Night With Reg now is to experience this heartbreaker of life and loss and friendship and family not just as a time capsule of a particular period of our lives but as a timeless classic, an intricately patterned play of layered and deeply poignant inter-relationships.
If I have understood the timeline correctly the latest incarnation of Kevin Elyot’s debut play Coming Clean is a revival of a revival.
In the first of my two back-to-back King’s Head Theatre post-show Q&As, I was at Trafalgar Studios for the West End premiere of Kevin Elyot’s first play, Coming Clean, 37 years after the actor-turned-writer made his playwriting debut with it at London’s Bush Theatre.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s production of Kevin Elyot’s play Coming Clean transfers to the Trafalgar Studios and Love London Love Culture has rounded up the reviews.
Frank, funny and occasionally ferocious revival of the late Kevin Elyot’s 1982 Bush Theatre debut Coming Clean.
Cast has been announced for the King’s Head Theatre’s acclaimed 2017 revival of Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean, which transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2 in January. Time to get booking!
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 16 January 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is back at Trafalgar Studios again for the West End transfer of the King’s Head Theatre’s acclaimed 35th-anniversary revival of Coming Clean. Got any questions?
The King’s Head’s acclaimed 2017 revival of Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean will transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2 in the new year, running from 9 January to 2 February 2019 (press night on 11 January).
In terms of recent gay history, Coming Clean is instantly dated as a pre-AIDS play but its emotional world is one that still resonates strongly.
Sadly, despite a few crisp one-liners and a catchy title I’m surprised was never used elsewhere, Twilight Song emerges as a frail Rattiganesque slice of sixties’ repressed sexuality contrasted with an awkward contemporary tryst between Adam Garcia’s cash-strapped estate-agent-turned-hustler and Paul Higgins’ desperate mothers’ boy.
Completed shortly before his death in 2014, Kevin Elyot’s Twilight Song now belatedly receives its premiere courtesy of the Park Theatre. The play doesn’t emerge as one of his strongest though; the shadow of the excellent My Night With Reg lingers long over the scant 75 minutes here.
Barry’s relationship with his mother is at best difficult, but as we delve into their family history it soon becomes clear the depth of resentment that Isabella has had for events that have taken place in her life such as the loss of a child and a distant (as it turns out gay) husband and her constant struggle to accept the way her life has turned out.
The premiere of Kevin Elyot’s final play, Twilight Song, in the 50th anniversary year of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, is a fitting tribute to a creator who writes honest and open queer theatre. And as such, it’s a bittersweet tale, effortlessly interweaving stories of past regrets and frustrated presents.
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…
The King’s Head Theatre has announced casting for the 35th anniversary production ofComing Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play, directed by King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Check out for first-look photos.
Adam Garcia, Bryony Hannah and Paul Higgins will lead the cast in a new Park200 production of Twilight Song, the final play by Kevin Elyot and set on summer evenings in the 1960s and the present day.
Ian McKellen and Ian McDiarmid headline Park Theatre’s new winter 2017 season, which also features a never-before-seen play by Kevin Elyot and revivals of Daisy Pulls It Off and Joe Orton’s Loot.
King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher will direct the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play, which will run at the London pub theatre from 25 July to 26 August 2017.
Fridays aren’t serious reviewing nights and the friend who suggested this piece to me described it as “some shit for gays” which despite our shared and enthusiastic homosexuality is the shorthand we use for frothy-to-filthy comedies of the sort often presented at venues in Vauxhall. But the King’s Head was on the way to a nice restaurant, so what the hell, and it’s a preview for the Edinburgh Fringe which may save me the bother of two urticarious weeks in midge-ridden Scotland.
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