Angels in America is going to be one of the biggest theatre events of 2017 and here’s why
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Tickets go on sale this month for Angels in America, which is to be shown at the Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre in April. Set in America in the mid 1980s, the story follows several New Yorkers as they grapple with life in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. With themes of sex, love, death, heaven and hell; this ‘Gay Fantasia On National Themes’ is set to be a huge event. Why? The writing is brilliant and there’s proof. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Angels in America isn’t just a play. It’s an epic. A two-part epic. An epic in which one part is three and a half hours. It’s a marathon for an audience and for the actors. This is live-action, people living as others for seven hours, LIVE. The revival of Tony Kushner’s landmark stage show will be directed by Marianne Elliott. Yes, the very same Marianne Elliot who is the genius behind NT successes such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse. She says: "Such plays come along possibly once, or twice, in a lifetime…if you’re lucky. The show is current and inspiring. It stretches your mind and your soul, and should change you irrevocably. "I think, to anyone who sees the play, as to me who is currently living with it, it feels like it is OUR story. Politically, but also personally. I think you can’t help connect with it, whoever you are. Tony Kushner is the Shakespeare of our day."
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