A world premiere of Jack Holden’s new play Cruise is to open in the West End at the Duchess Theatre from 18 May to 13 June, with tickets on sale now. It marks Holden’s West End debut, alongside theatre producers Katy Lipson and Lambert Jackson.
Written and performed by Holden (War Horse, Ink), this one-man show features live music and explosive spoken word, and is set to be one of the first productions to open in the West End since the closure of theatres in March 2020.
Set in 1980s Soho, Cruise is inspired by a true story and celebrates queer culture, in a timely, powerful tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis. A kaleidoscopic musical, the show sees an uplifting electronic soundtrack performed live by John Elliot.
On what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth, after being diagnosed with HIV, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house and car and spend everything on one final party. But when Dave dies two years later, and Michael continues to live, he doubles down on his hedonistic ways to live a life of parties.
When he survives his four year expectancy, Michael must choose what sort of life he wants to live.
Cruise is directed by Bronagh Lagan, with design by Nik Corrall, co-design by STUFISH, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, movement by Sarah Golding and additional sound design by Max Pappenheim.
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