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Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM

Robert Fox and Alex Turner present the UK première of Martin Sherman's new play Gently Down The Stream, following a critically acclaimed run at The Public Theater in New York. Sean Mathias directs Jonathan Hyde, Ben Allen and Harry Lawtey. The production opens at Park Theatre on 18 February 2019, with previews from 13 February, running until 16 March.

This passionate new play by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Martin Sherman makes its UK debut 40 years after his celebrated modern classic Bent, which subsequently became a major film directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias, who directs this production of Gently Down The Stream, marking Martin Sherman's 80th birthday.


The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, an older American pianist living in London, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau's attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world. However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men. Rufus has none of Beau's doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century and as he assimilates himself into Beau's past and present, Beau learns to embrace Rufus as one of the most defining relationships of his life.


As generations intertwine, Gently Down The Stream reveals the journey of gay history and celebrates the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.

Photo Credit: Marc Brenne

Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Jonathan Hyde (Beau)

Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Jonathan Hyde (Beau)

Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Harry Lawley

Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Ben Allen (Rufus), Jonathan Hyde (Beau)

Photo Flash: First Look At the UK Premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Ben Allen (Rufus), Jonathan Hyde (Beau)




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