As the UK marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the National Theatre will stage its first Queer Theatre event series. The series will run from 6-10 July and will explore the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings and post-show discussions in the Lyttelton Theatre.
Launching the initiative, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney said of directing a rehearsed reading of his play Wig Out!: “I feel grateful to be returning to the UK and reading this piece. As we continue better to understand ourselves and how we perform in the world I hope this investigation back into the 'ball scene' will be as exciting as it is important. #Alllove&Allpride.”
The program includes readings of Neaptide by Sarah Daniels, Certain Young Men by Peter Gill, The Drag by Mae West and Bent by Martin Sherman.
The reading of Bent will be directed by Stephen Daldry who said: "As a teenager Bent was the first play I ever saw on the London stage. Amazingly at a theatre I went on to be the director of. It was a devastating experience for a young gay man from a small market town in Somerset. I can honestly say the experience changed my life. The play went on to take London by storm. I am thrilled and honoured to direct a rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's explosive play to mark this important anniversary."
The NT’s Queer Theatre event series is hosted in partnership with Pride in London with tickets going on sale from Friday 5 May. For more information on the Queer Theatre event series, visit NationalTheatre.org.uk