The world premiere live performance of the new play will take place at the Duchess Theatre from the 18th May.

Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson Productions have announced that Jack Holden’s new play Cruise will make its West End premiere from the 18th May until the 13th June at the Duchess Theatre.

The news of the West End run follows the announcement that the play will be streamed digitally for sixteen performances from the 15th to the 25th April through Stream.Theatre.

Directed by Bronagh Lagan, this new play will bring to life 1980’s Soho and is a celebration of queer culture – a a kaleidoscopic musical and spoken word tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis.

Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth.  When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he’s told he’ll have four years to live – at most. While he makes the most of these years, his hedonistic lifestyle takes over. On the final night, Michael wants to go out in style, but then… he survives. Now with more years to live, Michael reflects on previous decisions, working out how he wants to continue living with purpose.

Talking about the the news of the West End run, Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres said: “Hard as it is to find anything to celebrate in the theatre in this incredibly difficult pandemic year, being able to invite a talented new team of theatremakers to reopen the Duchess theatre is a delight. A warm welcome to producers Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment, Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson of Lambert Jackson and their playwright Jack Holden, all making West End debuts. For four weeks only, prior to the reopening of the popular comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, so book now.”

Meanwhile talking about Aria Entertainment’s first production in the West End Katy Lipson said: “It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to present this play, not only on a West End stage, but as we are coming out of what has been one of the most difficult and challenging years for all. It is a brave and innovative show which brings us into a world and part of history which we may not be so familiar with. A story which we should hear about; one of survival,loss, re-building a life and looking forward to the future. All on top of the most uplifting and
brilliant soundtrack. After receiving the script during lockdown, I couldn’t have imagined
that we’d be presenting it as our first West End play the following year. I am so looking forward to sharing it with a live audience.”

Also responding to the news Lambert Jackson Productions said: “For our first West End run, we are so excited to be bringing this innovative, new and important piece of theatre to reopen the Duchess Theatre. From the
moment we read the script, we knew we had to be involved. This has been a very uncertain
time for theatre in the UK, and it feels right to be producing a brilliant new play by a British
writer to bring important, queer British stories to audiences at this time.”

The full creative team for the production includes: Jack Holden (writer and performer), John Elliott (Music and
Sound Design), Bronagh Lagan (Director), Nik Corrall (Design), STUFISH (Co-Design), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design).

Cruise will play at the Duchess Theatre from the 18th May until the 13th June.