Donmar Warehouse's MY NIGHT WITH REG Begins Tonight
The 20th anniversary production of Kevin Elyot's Olivier and Evening Standard award-winning play My Night With Reg. The comedy will open at the Donmar Warehouse tonight, 31 July 2014, directed by current Donmar Warehouse Trainee Associate Director Robert Hastie.
The Donmar Warehouse is hugely saddened to hear of Kevin Elyot's death. Executive Producer Kate Pakenham and Artistic Director Josie Rourke commented, "Director Robert Hastie had been working with Kevin on script preparation, casting and design for the forthcoming production of Kevin's play My Night With Reg. Kevin's passing makes the whole team at the Donmar resolved to present the production in tribute to Kevin's life and work. In the meantime our thoughts and condolences are with Kevin's friends and family."
On its premiere, My Night With Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic. The comedy is set in London's gay community in the summer of 1985 against the back drop of the mounting AIDS crisis. Hastie's production will star Julian Ovenden as John. He will be joined in the cast by Matt Bardock as Benny, Jonathan Broadbentas Guy, Richard Cant as Bernie, Lewis Reeves as Eric and Geoffrey Streatfeild as Daniel.
At Guy's London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, Kevin Elyot's comedy captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.
Robert Hastie (Director) most recently directed Carthage, a new play by Chris Thompson, in January 2014 at the Finborough Theatre, where he also directed the acclaimed first production in over forty years of John McGrath's Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun in 2012. Hastie directed the UK premiere of Sunburst by Tennessee Williams in 2012, as part of The Hotel Plays for Defibrillator at the Holborn Grange Hotel. As Associate Director for Sixty-Six Books, which opened the new Bush Theatre, Hastie directed the world premieres of In the Land Of Uz, The Middle Man, David and Goliath, Snow in Sheffieldand A Lost Expression. Hastie is Trainee Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse and was Associate Director on Privacyand Coriolanus. In 2011, he was Associate Director on Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate (Wyndham's). He has assisted Peter Gill and Laurie Sansom, and was an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre. He originally trained as an actor at RADA, and has performed with the National Theatre, RSC, Cheek By Jowl, Frantic Assembly, Headlong and in the West End.
Matt Bardock (playing Benny) makes his third appearance at the Donmar having previously appeared in The Dark and Josie Rourke's production of Frame 312. Bardock also appeared in Rourke's production of Kick for Touch (Sheffield Crucible). Other theatre credits include Mojo and Peaches (both Royal Court) and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth (both Regent's Park Open Air Theatre). Bardock has worked regularly in television including Casualty, New Tricks, No Angels andJudge John Deed and his film credits include Mike Leigh's All or Nothing and Topsy-Turvy.
Jonathan Broadbent (playing Guy) makes his Donmar debut in My Night with Reg. Theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Rose Theatre), Ghost Stories (Duke Of York's Theatre), Chekhov in Hell (Soho Theatre, The Drum Theatre Plymouth) and Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith). Broadbent has also appeared in feature filmsAs You Like It and The Magic Flute.
Richard Cant (playing Bernie) makes his Donmar debut in My Night with Reg. Cant's theatre credits include War Horse (New London), Salome (Hampstead Theatre / Tour), Cymbeline (Barbican /World Tour) and Hamlet, Cymbeline and Much Ado About Nothing (all RSC). Television credits include Vexed, Above Suspicion: Red Dahlia, Bleak House and Doctors.
Julian Ovenden (playing John) returns to the Donmar, having previously appeared in Grand Hotel and Merrily We Roll Along. Recent theatre credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Théâtre du Châtelet), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Death Takes a Holiday (Roundabout, New York) and Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Extensive television work includes Downton Abbey, Smash, Any Human Heart, Midsomer Murders and Charmed.
Lewis Reeves (playing Eric) makes his Donmar debut in My Night With Reg. Recent theatre credits include Our Boys (Duchess Theatre) and Muscle (Shock N Awe). He has appeared in well-known television productions including Our World War,Misfits, Inspector George Gently and Law and Order.
Geoffrey Streatfeild (playing Daniel) makes his Donmar debut in My Night With Reg. He has appeared on stage in productions including Macbeth, Copenhagen (both Sheffield Crucible), Children of the Sun, Earthquakes in London (both NT) and frequently with the RSC (Henry V, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, Richard III). Extensive television work includes The Thick of It, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX
Box Office: 0844 871 7624 (Booking fee of £2.50 per transaction)
Telephone Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm
In person, Mon-Sat, 10.00am-curtain up (No booking fee)
Evenings Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
No matinees before Press Night Tues 5 Aug
The first Barclays Front Row £10 tickets for MY NIGHT WITH REG will go on sale at 10am on Monday 21 July.
Stalls £35, £27.50, £10*
Circle £27.50, £15, £10*
Stalls £30, £25, £10*
Circle £25, £12.50, £10*
PREVIEW DATES 31 Jul - 4 Aug
*£10 tickets are made available every Monday two weeks before the performance as part of Barclays Front Row. For more information please visit donmarwarehouse.com/barclaysfrontrow. Excludes certain performances.
For over 60s, £35 tickets reduced to £25 and £27.50 tickets reduced to £20 (matinees only). Must be booked in advance and proof of eligibility must be shown on collection.
All phone and online bookings are taken by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG Tickets). The booking fee is waived for all bookings made during the Priority Booking period. Outside of Priority Booking a £2.50 per transaction fee applies. No fee applies to Barclays Front Row tickets or tickets purchased in person at the Donmar Warehouse.
£7.50 standing tickets available every day from 10am in person at the Box Office.
The Donmar Warehouse is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is an infrared system in the main auditorium and there is also a hearing loop in the Box Office.
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For all other access enquiries or bookings call 0844 871 7677
CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE, Wednesday 17 Sep, 7.30pm (captioned by Stagetext)
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE, Saturday 20 September, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1.30pm)
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