Leave to Remain

Leave to Remain

Lyric Hammersmith · 18 JAN - 06 MAR

A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke. Directed by Southpaw Dance Company’s Robby Graham.

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17 January 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Sean Holmes final season at the Lyric Hammersmith includes the return of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's comic horror hit, Ghost Stories, but first off comes a new musical which features music from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. It's a love story starring Tyrone Huntley and Billy Cullum as a gay couple whose find that borders and visa issues are no respecters of love. Huntley was brilliant as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and he will also be directing the fats Waller musical, Ain't Misbehaving, at Southwark Playhouse in April.”


Give me your worst day
Give it to me
I’ll take the strain
Give me all the times you go insane
Your leave to remain

A remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future, told through a blend of music, drama and movement.

Leave to Remain explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

The show is also miles too long, spinning a slim tale out to nearly two hours without an interval. Cut in half, with more memorable songs, it would shine much brighter


Unimaginative new musical

The Stage

The story, song and movement are seamlessly integrated

The Guardian

Flawed but affecting study of love and hedonism

The Telegraph

Hackneyed story of an awkward engagement

Financial Times

The script itself stands above the crowd for its intricate plot line and well-developed characters, but a special mention needs to be made for Okereke’s score, which is undeniably some of his best work since Bloc Party’s sophomore album A Weekend in the City

The Upcoming

The excellent cast has a lot to do and they do it all well

West End Wilma

A bouncing bundle of joy of a thing, Leave to Remain blends music, dance and storytelling into something rare – a musical that is actually kind of cool


Everything about it is five star, it deserves packed houses and a long life

Musical Theatre Review

Wonderful storytelling shows theatre at its magnetic best

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Feb, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


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