Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope Tickets London Theatre

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope Tickets

Part of the King's Head Theatre's Boys! Boys! Boys! summer season

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1 August 2022  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There was a time when the King’s Head seemed pretty focussed on the male gay experience. So, to see a season entitled Boys! Boys! Boys! might suggest a return to past times. But the King’s Head artistic director has been broadening the palette in many ways and that includes this season where every single play is produced or directed by women. There are five plays over the season kicking off with Jarman. This dramatic recreation of the life of the film-maker Derek Jarman is directed by the multi-talented Sarah-Louise Young. whose show The Silent Treatment will be at the Edinburgh fringe this summer. Christopher Wollaton’s Brawn, about men’s body image and mental health, returns to the King’s Head after a sell out season in 2019, Quentin Crisp is celebrated in Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, a young man questions his future after a one night stand in Bi Bi Baileigh and Mediocre White Male explores male fragility and anger in a changing world.”

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Overview

Mark Farrelly (Jarman) brings his hugely-acclaimed solo play to the King's Head, where Quentin Crisp himself gave his first stage performances in 1975.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for refusing to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.

Naked Hope depicts Quentin at two phases of his extraordinary life: alone in his Chelsea flat in the 1960s, certain that life has passed him by, and thirty years later, performing An Evening with Quentin Crisp in New York. Packed with witty gems on everything from cleaning (“Don’t bother – after the first four years the dust won’t get any worse”) to marriage (“Is there life after marriage? The answer is no”), Naked Hope is a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity to be your true self.

Age Recommendation: 14+

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Date & time

Until 27 Aug
Thu 4 Aug - Sat 27 Aug 2022,
4pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8.45pm & 9pm
Runtime: 1 hr 15 mins

Venue

115 Upper St Islington N1 1QN London, UK · Get Directions
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