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Cruise Tickets

4.9 (9) · Contemporary Drama

Returns to London’s West End for a strictly limited run

Tickets from £15


The “stunning, joyful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing” (The Guardian), CRUISE The Play is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on earth, performing live for a strictly limited season at the Apollo Theatre, must end 4th September. Following the phenomenal success of its maiden voyage at the Duchess Theatre in 2021, CRUISE returns to the West End to dazzle audiences once again.

When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he’ll have four years to live – at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car, and spend everything they have to party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has on drink and drugs.

On the last night of his four-year countdown – the 29th February, 1988 – Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes, dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone. Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly… survives.

Michael got lucky. He’s been given the gift of life; but what kind of life can he now live?

Critic reviews

Who tells your story? Brendan Mcdonald reviews Jack Holden’s debut play, a true story of a wild night out in gay Soho he heard while working on an LGBTQ+ helpline

Exeunt (From 2021)

It’s a beautifully told story

· West End Wilma (From 2021)

One of the most incredible and must-see pieces of theatre to come to London for a long time

· Theatre Weekly (From 2021)

A stunning piece of theatre with a lot of heart

· A Younger Theatre (From 2021)

This new play is as searingly honest as It’s a Sin

· The Telegraph (From 2021)

A stunning piece of theatre

· Musical Theatre Review (From 2021)

An intimate cross-generational look at the LGBTQ+ community

· London Theatre (From 2021)

A stunning return to lost gay London

· The Guardian (From 2021)

A remarkable tour-de-force

· WhatsOnStage (From 2021)

Gloriously theatrical writing debut

· The Stage (From 2021)

Jack Holden holds up this ’80s gay Soho story

· Evening Standard (From 2021)

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Date & time

Opening 13 Aug
Sat 13 Aug - Sun Sep 2022
4pm, 5pm, 7pm & 8pm


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