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The Boys in the Band (2016)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 120
  • Age Guidance: 14+
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Tues 15 November. Contains some adult themes, strong language, sexual references, smoking on stage.
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“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”

Mark Gatiss stars in the first major revival of this iconic play in almost 20 years. Razor sharp and packed with wit, The Boys in the Band is fresh, startling and brilliantly entertaining.

There’s a party tonight. It’s 1968 and nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Mark Gatiss) receives a surprise gift from his friend, Emory (James Holmes), in the form of a beautiful male hustler. Meanwhile, party host Michael (Ian Hallard) gets an unwanted surprise of his own. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heartbreak.

From the producers of the acclaimed productions of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys and Another Country, this eagerly anticipated revival stars Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, London Spy), Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Jack Derges (Eastenders, Humans), Ian Hallard (Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time), James Holmes (Miranda, Psychoville) and Ben Mansfield (Primeval, Endeavour). The Boys in the Band is directed by Adam Penford whose credits include One Man, Two Guv’nors.

Watch the trailer and hear what the celebrities thought

Cast & Credits

Author Mart Crowley / Director Adam Penfold / Designer Rebecca Brower / Lighting Designer Jack Weir / Sound Designer James Nicholson / Casting by Stephen Moore CDG /

Tom O'Connell and James Seabright in association with Jack Maple, Kings Head Theatre and Park Theatre present The Boys in the Band.

  • Daniel Boys
    as Donald
  • Jack Derges
    as Cowboy
  • Mark Gatiss
    as Harold
  • Ian Hallard
    as Michael
  • James Holmes
    as Emory
  • John Hopkins
    as Alan
  • Ben Mansfield
    as Larry
  • Nathan Nolan
    as Hank
  • Paul Kendrick
    as Understudy


“ Witt, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining”

- New York Post

“ Wonderful laugh-out-loud moments”

- Financial Times

“ Mark Gatiss turns in a deliciously weird performance as Harold, the birthday boy”

- Time Out

“ A Glittering Triumph”

- Gay Times

“ I was rapt, barely noticed the time pass. Parties that go wrong are often the stuff of great and this play, directed with panache by Adam Penford, is no exception”

- The Observer

“ Out on stage and proud…return of glorious gay play”

- Metro

“ Mark Gatiss, one hand in his velvet pocket, a look of permanent distaste on his acne-scarred face, is superb: the arch queer with a sneer.”

- Whatsonstage

“ Strong performances, raucous laughter and a glorious mod- con design”

- The Independent

“ Mark Gatiss brings stinging superciliousness to landmark gay play The Boys in the Band”

- Daily Telegraph

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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