My Night With Reg
- Best Comedy, Evening Standard Awards - 1994
- Best New Comedy, Olivier Awards - 1995
Kevin Elyot’s Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning comedy, My Night with Reg, defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic on its premiere at the Royal Court and in the West End.
At Guy’s London flat, friends old 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 play captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.
My Night With Reg first premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1994, and went on to win the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy. This new edition was published alongside the first major revival of the play at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2014, directed by Robert Hastie. It includes introductions by Hastie, Roger Michell, who directed the premiere, and the Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst.
Blog entry: a tribute to Kevin Elyot, looking back at his early years as a writer and featuring an extract from My Night With Reg: 'From 1976 to 1984 I’d acted in several productions at the Bush Theatre, and Simon Stokes, one of the artistic directors, had casually suggested I try my hand at a play...' Read more >>
'a modern classic… wickedly funny as well as deeply affecting'Telegraph
'a play of genius... sublimely moving, genuinely funny and exquisitely observed'Daily Mail
'beautifully funny and achingly sad… what keeps the play from feeling like a period piece, irrespective of the advances in our understanding of HIV/AIDS, is its enduring grasp of human nature'Time Out
'an instant classic… a lovely, touching play about old friendships and sudden liaisons'WhatsOnStage
'sad, funny… a beautifully observant study of friendship, longing and betrayal'Evening Standard
'often desperately sad, it always glows with compassion and is brimming with effervescent humour'The Arts Desk
'laughter with a killer punchline'The Times
31 Jul 2014Size: 198mm x 129mm
21 Aug 2014
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