"A thoroughly fulfilling evening"
-The Independent-

"Bare-knuckle truth-telling"
-Evening Standard-

"Fine cast elevate dated gay drama"
-The Guardian-

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About the show

Adam Penford’s acclaimed revival production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 comedy The Boys in the Band has transferred to the West End, following a sold-out run at the Park Theatre. Having opened for a limited two-week engagement at the Vaudeville Theatre, the American play features a stellar cast, including Olivier Award-winner Mark Gatiss.

The Boys in the Band is the ground-breaking play that changed the landscape of theatre in the late 20th century. Set in a New York apartment, Michael hosts a party for his partner Harold, a self-confessed “pock-marked, Jew fairy”. As the drink is downed and dope fills the room, Harold is surprised by a male hustler cowboy, whilst Michael encounters a forgotten figure from his past. Dripping with wit, this razor-sharp comedy sees the mood quickly deteriorate into an evening of menace.

Mark Gatiss stars as Harold, opposite Ian Hallard (Doctors) as Michael, marking the first time a male married couple appears on the West End. Gatiss is well-known for his television roles, including Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Game of Thrones, and he also received an Olivier Award for his role in Three Days in the Country.

Further cast members include Daniel Boys (Miss Atomic Bomb) as Donald, Jack Derges (EastEnders) as Cowboy, James Holmes (Miranda) as Emory, John as Alan, Greg Lockett as Bernard, Ben Mansfield as Larry and Nathan Nolan Hank.

The Boys in the Band is directed by Adam Penford, with design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by James Nicholson and lighting design by Jack Weir. A witty, emotional and revolutionary piece of theatre, this lauded new production opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on February 7th and runs for two weeks until February 18th 2017, having had a press night on February 8th 2017.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Mark Gatiss will rejoice in seeing him live on stage! Fans of comedy will enjoy this production, which also has some darker elements to it. Those who enjoyed Dead Funny will also enjoy this!

The Boys in the Band is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

7th Feb 2017

22nd Jan 2021

18th Feb 2017

Running time

2 hours 5 minutes


Recommended for age 14+