Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review: My Night With Reg at the Apollo Theatre

My Night With Reg 
Apollo Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 27th January 2015

I seem to be one of the few people who didn't manage to catch My Night With Reg during its sold out run at the Donmar Warehouse last year. Thankfully the show has transferred to the West End for a short run, filling the gap left between Urinetown and The Audience at the Apollo.

Set in the summer of 1985, Kevin Elyot’s play centres around a group of gay friends who are living against the backdrop of the mounting AIDS crisis. Time ticks by and, as the play progresses, we see these characters grow as their circumstances rapidly change. I wouldn't label My Night With Reg as simply a 'gay play'; it is a deep and thought provoking piece about friendship, love and humanity.

My Night With Reg oozes with heart and bursts with flamboyant humour throughout. There is certainly more to it than first meets the eye, the mood darkens as the play twists and emotional states of mind spiral out of control.

The cast are the driving force behind Robert Hastie's production. Lewis Reeves impresses as Eric, bringing an interesting dynamic to the piece, whilst Geoffrey Streatfeild, Julian Ovenden and Jonathan Broadbent all stand out for performing with such depth and detail.

Tension is built beautifully; however, I can't help but imagine Hastie's production being far more intense and gripping at the Donmar. At times I felt as if I was watching an intimate production from afar, but the piece remains detailed and I loved the atmosphere created by Peter McKintosh's design.

It is fantastic to see My Night With Reg up in lights in the West End. It is a truly fascinating play that surprises, resonates and leaves you with plenty to think about.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

My Night With Reg runs at the Apollo Theatre until Saturday 11th April 2015.
Please visit for information and tickets.

Photo Credit:  Johan Persson

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