There was a time, not so long ago, when writing the words “theatre preview” was something we took for granted. You don’t need us to tell you how thrilled we are to be able to preview a real live West End play right now, and we can’t think of a better production to introduce you to than Jack Holden’s Cruise, a one-man show with live music coming to London’s Duchess Theatre on 18th May.
So, here’s the set up:
When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he’s told he’ll have four years to live – at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner, Dave, decide to sell their house, flog the car, spend everything they have and party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has left and drowning himself in drink and drugs.
Yes to everything.
On the last night of his four-year countdown – 29th February, 1988 – Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes to friends, enemies and strangers; old haunts, dive bars, cafes, clubs and pubs; his brothers, sisters, allies and exes. He dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone.
Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly…survives. Michael got lucky, and he goes on to live to a ripe old age. Michael has been given the gift of life; but what kind of life can he now live?
Watch the trailer here:
Marking Aria Entertainment’s first production in the West End Katy Lipson said of Cruise: “It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to present this play, not only on a West End stage, but as we are coming out of what has been one of the most difficult and challenging years for all.
“It is a brave and innovative show which brings us into a world and part of history which we may not be so familiar with. A story which we should hear about; one of survival, loss, re-building a life and looking forward to the future. All on top of the most uplifting and brilliant soundtrack. After receiving the script during lockdown, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d be presenting it as our first West End play the following year. I am so looking forward to sharing it with a live audience.”
Cruise runs from 18th May until 13th June. For tickets visit www.cruisetheplay.co.uk.
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