My Night With Reg at the Apollo: What the critics think

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Following its sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse where it earned great acclaim, My Night with Reg has taken up its rightful place in the West End. By all accounts, the much-loved comedy is living up to its former hype.  Take a look at what’s being said about the award-winning comedy’s run at the Apollo…

The outrageously witty play is enjoying a well-deserved run on the West End 

It was 20 years ago since the late British playwright Kevin Elyot was awarded Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards for his play that traces the lives of gay men in the 1980s in London’s homosexual community.

Robert Hastie’s revival of the award-winning comedy was met with great applause when it was first seen at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014.

British dramas don’t get much better 

In a five-star review The Standard deems Robert Hastie’s revival of Kevin Elyot’s 1994 classic about gay life, love and loss in the tide of the AIDS hysteria as a British drama that does “not get any better”.

What’s On Stage is equally impressed with the performance, noting that Kevin Elyot’s:

 “Impeccably-drawn characters get performances to match, and both casting and costuming are so pinpoint, you can read these men even when their backs are turned.”

The Financial Times regards My Night with Reg at the Apollo Theatre as a well-deserved West End transfer.

The original Donmar Warehouse cast are playing at the Apollo Theatre production and are, once again, breeding a throng of impressive praise. According to the Financial Times the excellent Geoffrey Streatfield really “camps it up with glee” as Daniel, but you cannot help but feel enthralled and empathise with all the characters on stage.

Exuding confidence and true connectivity

The Londonist is quick to point out the boldness of the comedy and the play’s imaginative structuring. The review acknowledges that Hastie’s production comprises of characters that exude confidence and true connectivity in roles that have been reprised from the 2014 production. My Night with Reg, according to the Londonist, could make a full-on sitcom series, never mind a two hour play at the theatre!

This “outrageously sharp-witted” comedy that combines, as the Spectator describes, “an ingenious tapestry of affairs, crushes and unrequited ardours in a script that operates on several levels,” is playing at the Apollo Theatre until Saturday 11 April, 2015.