What’s on in London: The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me is a play by David Drake.
It was first staged in London in 1994. A new production – directed by Steven Dexter – will open on 3 February at the New Wimbledon Theatre and will star John Bell.
The play is a one-man show, and the story centres on one character.
After attending a performance of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, a young man’s life is changed forever thanks to the power of theatre. This is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of a young actor – his call to gay pride and activism in New York during the onset of HIV/AIDS in the 80s.
Broken up into a series of stories, the play explores that journey of self- discovery. From the late-night club crawl to the sweat of the gyms, from the threat of anti-gay violence to the place where condemnation, compromises and closets are a thing of the past. The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me exposes the sexual, spiritual, and political yearnings at the heart of gay America shared by a whole generation of gay men and women.
This will be John Bell’s stage debut. He’s previously appeared in films such as The Hobbit and series such as Outlander.
“The landscape for queer people has changed and improved immeasurably since I created The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as an extension of my AIDS and gay rights activism 30 years ago…” says David Drake, speaking about the London revival. “But as Larry himself reminded us many times, we must continue to tell, understand, and ultimately value our stories so that the tragedy of this history does not repeat itself.”
“It’s a touching and funny play that remind us all how important theatre is, especially after the tough few years our industry has had…” adds Steven Dexter, director of the London revival.