Runtime: 1h 30m
The latest from Peter Gill, one of theatre’s most influential figures, takes place in the tiny Jermyn Street Theatre but the intimacy should serve this love letter to London, its streets and the young men who live there. Some of our best playwrights from Barney Norris to David Eldridge clearly sit at the feet of the writer, now well into his eighties, whose quiet unflashy dissection of the extraordinary in the ordinary packs a powerful emotional punch. There should be a poignancy in a play with a great cast which sees two elderly men (played by Ian Gelder and Christopher Godwin) looking back on their lives and the men they once loved.
Alex and Colin’s stories flow like mist down the Thames, roll under Hammersmith Bridge, and slip past the windows of forgotten Soho restaurants. As the old men’s youth comes to life, two young men watch on – and nobody knows they are falling in love. Peter Gill co-directs the world premiere of this captivating and romantic portrait of London with the acclaimed Alice Hamilton. Gill’s plays include The York Realist, Certain Young Men, Versailles, Cardiff East, and Small Change. Gill co-founded the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court and was Artistic Director of Riverside Studios.