Jermyn Street Theatre Announces UK Premiere of BOY MEETS BOY
Throughout 1936, the world's press and newsreels are abuzz with stories about the World's Most Eligible Bachelor; His Majesty King Edward VIII - By the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India, Titular Ruler of one quarter of the world, the King-Emperor is the most eligible man of his day. Dashingly handsome, he is linked romantically to many; his final choice precipitates a constitutional crisis. Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee, succeeds where all others have failed. While the United States reels from the Great Depression, Continental Europe is shadowed by the menace of Hitler and the National Socialist party as the storm clouds gather for the maelstrom to come. Meanwhile, society London exists in the twilight of empire, a hedonistic ballroom where party-goers dance away the last years of peace.
Against the backdrop of pre-war London sophistication, of cocktails and carriages, black-tie and ball-dresses where Nightingales Sing in Berkley Square and romance blooms, boy meets boy one glamorous night. Bill Solly (music, lyrics and book) and Donald Ward (book) have lovingly recreated the era of the black and white movie musical replete with witty lyrics, memorable melodies and a cunning twist on the standard musical love story
Boy Meets Boy was performed in 1975 for 463 performances at Actors' Playhouse, off-Broadway.
In 2012 Jermyn Street Theatre has built on its already burgeoning reputation as one of the most exciting venues of its size in the UK. At the beginning of the year the venue won The Best Fringe Theatre of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards and since then, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, the theatre has gone from strength to strength with productions that have included the rare revival of Charles Dyer's Mother Adam, The UK premiere of Henrk Ibsen's St John's Night and one of the highlights of the 2012 theatrical diary the first ever full staging of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon and directed by Trevor Nunn. With a commitment to presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals, the theatre has also won acclaim with its previous productions of Ibsen's Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs, The River Line by Charles Morgan, TheTwo-Character Play by Tennessee Williams and The Art Concealment about the celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan. In 2011 Jermyn Street Theatre was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award.
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