A new production of Kevin Elyot’s award-winning comedy drama My Night With Reg will be staged at the Turbine Theatre at Battersea this summer
The Turbine Theatre in London is to reopen with a revival of Kevin Elyot’s award-winning dark comedy My Night With Reg.
Directed by Matt Ryan, the new production will run from 7 July to 21 August 2021, with designs by Lee Newby and casting by Will Burton. Casting and further creatives will be announced shortly.
My Night With Reg premiered at the Royal Court in London in 1994, going on to win the Olivier Award for best new comedy and transfer to the West End where it ran for almost a year. It was revived by the Donmar Warehouse in 2014.
This modern classic, which captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself, is set in the London flat of Guy who gathers friends old and new for a party through the night. It is the summer of 1985 and, for Guy and his circle, the world is about to change forever due to the mounting Aids crisis.
The Turbine Theatre’s artistic director, Paul Taylor-Mills, said: “This witty and poignant portrait of a moment in time remains relevant 27 years after its premiere and is without doubt one of my favourite plays.
“The work remains one of the most important gay plays ever written and is an intricate exploration of both the beauty and complexities of gay life and relationships and their position in society. Upon re-reading the play a few months ago I was struck by both how far we’ve come, and yet, in some ways, how far we still have to go.”
It will be the first production for The Turbine Theatre after reopening this year. The theatre, next to Battersea Power Station, originally opened in August 2019.
Taylor-Mills said: “We re-open our doors with a renewed sense of purpose, as resilient as ever and this time to stay. On a personal note, I’d like to thank our loyal audience for the support we’ve received over the last year. It has not gone un-noticed and we are truly grateful.”