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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.


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."

So, we’ve got Pulitzer Prize winning writing, seven hours of LIVE action and one of the NT’s most successful directors - but it doesn’t stop there. The cast for Angels in America is awesome.

The two names we have to give nod to are Andrew Garfield, who will be playing Prior Walter, and Denise Gough, who will be playing Harper Pitt.

Garfield is a Golden-Globe nominated actor probably best known for his roles in films such as The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network, but what you might not know is that Andrew Garfield has stepped on Broadway stages with some of the most successful actors on the planet – Phillip Seymour Hoffman for example – and he earnt himself a Tony nomination along the way.

He says: "I feel tremendously grateful and healthily daunted at the prospect of being back in a rehearsal room at the NT to attempt to scale the mountain of Tony Kushner's masterpiece Angels in America."

Denise Gough is hot property at the moment on the stages of London. A recent Olivier Award winner and huge success at the NT in previous years, she seemed a perfect choice to be the girl heading up this cohort. “I’m so excited to be going back to the NT to work on Angels in America with such a brilliant team,” she says.

“It’s a great play in exactly the right place and at a time when it is vital that we tell these stories on huge stages.”

We’ve got a few months to get giddy about the production but tickets are going on sale this month and my feeling is that you’ll have to be quick on the mark to secure yourself one.

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