Outlander’s John Bell will make his stage debut in The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.
David Drake’s award-winning Off-Broadway play will run at the Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre from 3 to 26 February 2022 with tickets on sale now here.
John Bell (Outlander, The Hobbit, Wrath of the Titans) will star in the one-man-show.
After attending a performance of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, a young man’s life is changed forever thanks to the power of theatre. This heart-warming, coming of age story follows the life of a young actor – his call to gay pride and activism in New York during the onset of HIV/AIDS in the 80s.
Broken up into a series of stories, Drake abstractly documents a gay man’s journey of self discovery. From the late-night club crawl to the buff-bunny gyms, from the threat of anti-gay violence to the place where condemnation, compromises and closets are a thing of the past, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me exposes the sexual, spiritual, and political yearnings at the heart of gay America shared by a whole generation of gay men and women.
David Drake said: “I am so honoured that the producers have been so diligent about producing the first revival of my play in London since I premiered it there at the Kings Head Pub in 1994. And I am absolutely thrilled that the extraordinary young actor John Bell will be bringing these words and stories to life.
“The landscape for queer people has changed and improved immeasurably since I created The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as an extension of my AIDS and gay rights activism 30 years ago. But as Larry himself reminded us many times, we must continue to tell, understand, and ultimately value our stories so that the tragedy of this history does not repeat itself. Indeed, to quote the poem by Auden from which Larry claimed the title for The Normal Heart, “We must love one another or die.”
This new production brings together the producers behind recent award-winning productions such as Martin Sherman’s Rose staring Dame Maureen Lipman (now showing on Sky Arts and Broadway HD) and West End Director Steven Dexter (Beautiful Thing, the Olivier Nominated musical Loserville, Pet Shop Boys Musical Hit Closer to Heaven and the recent critically acclaimed reimagining of Pippin). The designer is David Shields and lighting is by Aaron Dooster.
Dexter added: “It’s a touching and funny play that remind us all how important theatre is, especially after the tough few years our industry has had.”