Tammy Faye was an American evangelical Christian who together with her husband, Jim Bakker, built a Christian TV empire and once owned a Christian theme park that rivalled Disney for popularity. But while many evangelicals—back in the 1980s, and indeed now—saw being gay as a sin, Tammy Faye became a gay icon because of her support and empathy for gay men living with HIV and Aids. At a time when many saw HIV as divine retribution, Tammy Faye bucked the trend. Rupert Goold directs a new musical written by Elton John, Jake Shears and James Graham. Katie Brayben plays Tammy Faye.
From a studio in South Carolina, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker revolutionised religion. Preaching to millions 24 hours a day, Tammy just wants to put the fun back into faith. But a new wave of ministers wants you not to just feel God in your heart, but in your homes, in your schools and in the law too. 'Tammy Faye' is a new musical from legendary songwriter Elton John, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and award-winning writer James Graham ('Ink', BBC’s Sherwood) and features Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben ('Beautiful') as Tammy Faye and Tony Award-nominee Andrew Rannells ('The Book of Mormon', 'Girls') as Jim. This true story, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold ('Spring Awakening'), is a testament of faith, resilience and the temptations of success. God bless Tammy Faye! 'Tammy Faye' is presented in association with Rocket Stage and Greene Light Stage. Age Recommendation: 12+ This production contains the use of homophobic language and references to cancer and HIV/AIDS.