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46 Beacon to make West End debut at Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a short run at the Hope Theatre in 2015, 46 Beacon will make its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios 2. A coming-of-age and coming-out play set in 1970’s America, it will run for a limited season from April 5 to April 29, 2017.

Written by Drama Desk and Richard Rodgers Award winner Bill Rosenfield, this memory play is directed by Alexander Lass and produced by Oli Sones and Ed Sinke. Full casting and further creative details will be announced in due course.

Bill Rosenfield said: “I couldn’t be happier that a semi-autobiographical account of a special night in my life is opening in the West End. Ultimately the play came out of my need to express just how far and fast Gay politics had progressed, in a touching but, I hope, also humorous way, and I am really excited to bring it to a wider London audience”.

The address is 46 Beacon. The place is 1970s Boston. Alan and Robert spend a balmy July evening hoping for a connection, emotional or physical? 46 Beacon charts their quest in Bill Rosenfield’s script, which is described as fresh, funny and moving.

Set within a theatrical hotel, Robert has invited Alan back to his room and although they are at different stages of their lives, they each have something the other yearns for. But are they willing to give it?

46 Beacon is the story of that night your life was forever changed.

Bill Rosenfield is an American playwright now living permanently in the UK. As well as 46 Beacon, his other plays include True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow, Let Me and the award-winning one act Bridal Terrorism. His highly acclaimed adaptation of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw, was produced as part of the City Center Encores! Series in New York City.

Alexander Lass is an Anglo-American freelance director based in London. His credits include Chips With Everything (Farrer Theatre), Giant Leap (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Young Bloods (RADA Festival), Scenes on the Sand (Arcola Tent), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LAMDA Summer School) and Skeletons (Orange Tree Theatre). Recently, Lass was Associate Director on Sean Mathias’ production of No Man’s Land (UK Tour/West End), starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (Winner, Best Revival, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016).

NB: 46 Beacon contains strong sexual content, brief nudity and musical theatre references.

Tickets: £15-£30. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 or visit www.atgtickets.com/shows/46-beacon/trafalgar-studios/.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer and Obie prize-winning play Buried Child, starring Ed Harris, continues at Trafalgar Studios until March 4, 2017.