Finborough Theatre's PASSING BY Transfers to West End's Tristan Bates Theatre Tonight

The Finborough production of the first London revival since Gay Sweatshop's original 1975 production of Martin Sherman's ground-breaking gay play, Passing By, transfers to the Tristan Bates Theatre for a limited run of only four weeks, opening tonight, 5 November 2013 (Press Night: Thursday, 7 November 2013 at 7.30pm), directed by Andrew Keates.

Love isn't forever. Love is just passing by.

A charming romantic comedy about a love between two men whose hearts pull them together as their lives pull them apart from the author of the multi-award-winning Bent (one of The National Theatre's one hundred most significant plays of the twentieth century), Messiah,When She Danced, Rose and the film Mrs Henderson Presents.

Passing By was first produced at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in 1974, and by Gay Sweatshop at the Almost Free Theatre in 1975. Arion Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough then revived it in 2012 to sold-out audiences starring Alex Felton and Steven Webb. Passing By now transfers to the Tristan Bates Theatre with a brand new cast for a strictly limited four week run.

Playwright Martin Sherman was born in Philadelphia. He has lived in London since 1980. His plays include Cracks, Rio Grande, Bent, Messiah, When She Danced, A Madhouse in Goa, Some Sunny Day, Rose, A Passage to India (from E.M. Forster) and Onassis. Adaptations include Absolutely! Perhaps (Pirandello), The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov) and The Miser (Moliere). Musicals include The Boy From Oz. Films include The Clothes in the Wardrobe,Alive and Kicking, Bent, Callas Forever, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Henderson Presents. His stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams' novel The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stonerecently opened in Tokyo. His plays have been produced in over fifty five countries, and he has been nominated for two Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and two BAFTAS.

Multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates will be directing his second Martin Sherman play since Bent in 2010, which earned him critical acclaim very early in his career at the Landor Theatre, which then transferred to the Tabard Theatre for a further run. His most recent productions include the first London revival of As Is by William M. Hoffman, which is currently playing to sell-out audiences and the European premiere of ROOMS - A Rock Romance (both at the Finborough Theatre). Other productions include directing and developing the award-winning professional world premiere of A Winter's Tale, written by Howard Goodall, Nick Stimson and himself, The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (all at the Landor Theatre),Conjugal Rites (Courtyard Theatre) and Just So (Tabard Theatre). Awards include winning Best New Musical for A Winter's Tale and Best Musical Production for The Hired Man in the OffWestEnd Awards. Andrew is the founder and artistic director of Arion Productions Ltd and former theatre manager of the Landor Theatre.

PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY, 9 November 2013 AT 7.30PM
Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP
Box Office 020 7240 6283.
Tuesday 5 November - Saturday 30 November 2013
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday matinees at 3.00pm.
Tickets £14, £12 concessions.
Performance length: Approximately 80 minutes.

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