MY NIGHT WITH REG Comes to New Theatre
At Guy's London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1983, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever.
The story follows these men over several years, through the ups-and-downs of their lives and relationships, and the chain of deception set off by the promiscuous and dangerously attractive Reg.
Funny and bittersweet, this award-winning modern classic captures the fragility of happiness and of life itself. Its compassionate and honest portrayal of friendship, longing and betrayal is full of truth, deeply moving, and brimming with laughs.
Winner: Evening Standard Award for Best New Comedy
Winner: Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
This production is directed by Alice Livingstone (The Elements of an Offence, The HIV Monologues, The Little Dog Laughed), and Peter Flett, who co-produced and appeared in the first Sydney production of the play two decades ago, is Assistant Director - a nice synchronicity. You can read his reflections on revisiting the play in Audrey Journal.
The design team consists of Tom Bannerman (set), Sallyanne Facer (costumes), Mehran Mortezaei (lighting), Christina Hatzis (vision) and Michael Huxley (sound).
The cast includes Michael Brindley (Next Lesson, F-ing Men), Steve Corner (The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nell Gwynn), Steven Ljubovic (Nell Gwynn) and Nick Curnow (Enron), plus two actors making their New Theatre debuts: James Gordon, who's recently relocated from NZ, and John-Paul Santucci, who's returned to Australia after studying in New York.
So, what makes a play written in the early 90s, about a group of gay men in 80s London, still relevant today? "It's the deeply human, recognisable characteristics, foibles and behaviour that makes it timeless," says director Alice Livingstone. "Yes, this was the decade when AIDS was starting to devastate the gay community, and the disease and its impact backgrounds the story, but this is not an 'AIDS-play'. We can all relate to the delights and pitfalls of friendship. Kevin Elyot has written a brilliantly structured farce, full of laugh-out-loud moments, that also slams you in the guts and breaks your heart. As one critic noted, it's perhaps the best play ever written about lying!"
My Night With Reg was produced as part of the 20th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1998; and New Theatre is thrilled to be revisiting this multi-award winning comedy for this year's festival, in only its second production in Sydney.
Cast: Michael Brindley, Steve Corner, Nick Curnow
James Gordon, Steven Ljubovic, John-Paul Santucci
Director Alice Livingstone
Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei
Costume Designer Sallyanne Facer
Sound Designer Michael Huxley
Vision Designer Christina Hatzis
Assistant Director Peter Flett
Dialect Coach Nick Curnow
Production Manager David Marshall-Martin
Stage Manager Amber Spooner
Design Assistant Samantha Chebatte
Operators Ole Borch, Ricci Costa
5 February - 9 March
Previews 5 & 6 Feb 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 7 Feb 7:30pm
Thur - Sat 7:30pm
Sat 2 Mar & Sat 9 Mar 2pm only
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20