Booking until 3rd January, best availability from 6th November
Cast for the 1979 Royal Court production directed by Robert Chetwyn
2017 marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was an Act of Parliament that decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men.
50 years later the lives of queer people are perceived to be very different – equal age of consent, equality law and equal marriage are all heralded as progressive markers in LGBTQIA* equality but has the UK become a queer friendly nation or are homophobic prejudices just as prevalent?
Belonging is a public debate with poncy performance chaired by Scottee. Together with a committee of prominent queers he will explore where queer people sit in our society. A boozy, loose-tongued version of Question Time with less middle aged, middle class white men. Come and mouth off on the eve of London Pride.
Lady Phyll is the co-founder and director of UK Black Pride, head of political campaigns and equality at PCS Union and a QTIPOC Activist. http://ukblackpride.org.uk/
Shon Faye is a sexual and theological schemer, according to one biography. She is a journalist, writer, artist and comedienne based in Bristol. She is a contributor to Dazed and Novara Media on LGBT issues and trans feminism, has written for the Guardian, the Independent and VICE and appeared on BBC Newsnight and BBC Three. She currently has a film on exhibition at the Queer British Art exhibition at the Tate.
Chardine Taylor Stone
Chardine is an award winning cultural producer, feminist, writer & activist, as well as the founder of Black Girls Picnic, a trans-inclusive, global movement in collective self care to celebrate all the beauty that is Black Womanhood. https://chardinetaylorstone.com/
Travis Alabanza is a performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer that works and survives in London. Their multidisciplinary practice uses a combination of poetry, theatre, sounscapes, projection and bodyfocussed performance art to scream about their survival as a Black, trans, gender-non-conforming person in the UK. http://travisalabanza.co.uk/
Plus other guests TBC
Zeal is the first ever improv festival to officially run as part of Pride In London! Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival is a week-long event taking part in venues across the city from 1-7 July offering a diverse mix of improvised entertainment to celebrate the LGBTQIA community.
Featuring improvised games, comedy, theatre, musicals, drag acts, stand-up and cabaret from both queer improvisers and those who support the community, the festival showcases a mix of established acts, fresh young talent and brand new teams, formed especially for this year’s event! There will also be opportunities for the audience to get up on stage and give it a go in friendly and supportive jam sessions, as well as chances to learn the basics of improv and improve existing skills through the Zeal workshops.
Taking place in collaboration with seven improv schools across London, the festival is an opportunity to see bold, exciting and unique shows that will never be seen again! These acts are made up on the spot and every show and every night will be completely different!
Acts include Music Box, who perform an entire improvised musical based on words from the audience, regular Proud Cabaret host Luke Meredith, and improv duo Breaking & Entering, as well as brand new drag king act The Bareback Kings, improvised songs and conversation from Phil Lunn Is… A Cabaret Singer, and The Lemonade Brigade, an all-gay improv team assembled especially for the festival!
And casting is now complete for the National’s #QueerTheatre season.
Bent by Martin Sherman, directed by Stephen Daldry, Sunday 9 July, 2.30pm
- George Mackay,
- Simon Russell Beale,
- Giles Terera,
- Pip Torrens,
- Paapa Essiedu,
- John Pfumojena
- Adrian Grove.
Certain Young Men written and directed by Peter Gill, Sat 8 July, 7.30pm
- Jonathan Bailey (Andrew),
- Ben Batt (Tony),
- Oliver Chris (David),
- Billy Howle (Michael),
- Lorne MacFadyen (Stewart),
- Stephen Rashbrook (stage direction),
- Brian Vernel (Terry)
- Toby Wharton (Christopher).
- Ronke Adekoluejo (Val)
- Adjoa Andoh (Beatrice)
- Simon Armstrong (Sid & Cyril)
- Thomas Arnold (Colin & Roger)
- Maureen Beattie (Joyce)
- Morfydd Clark (Poppy & Terri)
- Karla Crome (Diane)
- Helena Lymbery (Anette & Marion)
- Sarah Niles (Linda)
- Jessica Raine (Claire).
- Tarell Alvin-McCraney (Rey Rey)
- Arun Blair-Mangat (directions)
- Tunji Kasim (Eric)
- Alexia Khadime (Fate)
- Kadiff Kirwan (Ms Nina)
- Abiona Omonua (Faith)
- Jonjo O’Neill(Serena)
- Tom Rhys-Harries (Loki)
- Ukweli Roach (Lucian)
- Cat Simmons (Fay)
- Craig Stein (Venus).
- Fisayo Akinade
- Arun Blair-Mangat
- Niamh Cusack
- Richard Dempsey
- Sacha Dhawan
- Tom Edden
- Adetomiwa Edun
- Jodie McNee
- Cyril Nri
- Sule Rimi
- Adrian Scarborough.
Running time: 100 minutes (without interval)
Booking until 4th September
““Terrible things breed in broken hearts”
Euripides’ Medea has long been considered one of the greatest roles for a woman to play so it is a little surprising (or perhaps not) that it hasn’t been performed at the National Theatre before. But the winds of change blow even on the South Bank so it makes great sense that one of our finest living actresses, Helen McCrory, should take on the part in a production by Carrie Cracknell, herself responsible for making some of that change with recent shows like A Doll’s House and Blurred Lines.
Ben Power’s new version relocates the betrayed Medea in a blasted contemporary setting (another ingeniously cracking design from Tom Scutt, evocatively lit by Lucy Carter) where she and her two children anxiously await news of the husband and father who has abandoned them for a newly politically expedient marriage. Trapped in a foreign land, having severely burned her bridges with her homeland, we watch helplessly along with a hefty Greek Chorus as grief inexorably transmutes into anger. Continue reading “Review: Medea, National Theatre”