Advertisements

The Inheritance, The Young Vic

★★★★★ | The Inheritance, The Young Vic

It’s a bold move to schedule nearly 7 hours of theatre about the lives of gay men, by a writer who’s largely unknown in the UK and hope that people take a punt on it without fear of boredom or backache. It’s paid off here though, as the run is almost sold out. Maybe the draw is ‘The Crown’ (the director of the plays is Stephen Daldry) or the recent epidemic of boasting about having sat through a day ofAngels in America at The National. Whatever the reasons, they’ve scored a winner with this two-parter. It’s a magnificently acted and tightly scripted piece of theatre which is both thought-provoking and incredibly moving.

The plays look at the lives of a group of sometimes self-satisfied/dissatisfied and hedonistic/troubled gay men in New York a generation after the AIDS crisis was at its height. Although there’s lots of issues raised it’s also a very entertaining and human piece of character-driven storytelling with moments of wry comedy.

Advertisements

Based directly on E.M. Forster’s ‘Howard’s End’, but with gays, it’s like a fat and occasionally filthy novel and it’s definitely a page-turner. The action is played out on a sparse set by barefoot and occasionally bare bottomed actors and one actress (Vanessa Redgrave pops in for 20 minutes). The concept is that the men are part of a writing group looking at writing their experiences, mentored by the Edwardian author. Bizarrely, this works really well and acts as a perfect backdrop for the action. You can binge watch it like it’s on Netflix or take the DVT free option and see it over two nights. Whichever, it’s worth grabbing one of the few remaining tickets.

Runs at The Young Vic until 19th of May 2018


YOUR SUPPORT MEANS EVERYTHING
Help us deliver unique, usable and reliable journalism that supports the gay, bisexual and curious community of the United Kingdom. Can you help protect LGBT+ media? Publishers like us have come under severe threat by the likes of Google and Facebook. The problem is that advertisers are choosing to put their money with them, rather than with niche publishers like us. Our goal is to eliminate banner ads altogether on site and we can do that if you could pledge us a tiny amount each month. We're asking our readers to pledge just £1 per month, more if you're feeling swanky. You can stop payment at any time. It's quick and easy to sign up and you'll only have to do it once. Click to start the journey! Support THEGAYUK
Advertisements