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Above the Stag Theatre presents a same-sex reimagining of Peter Quilter’s The Morning After

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its premiere in 2012 at Arena Theatre in Bratislava and subsequently playing all over the world, Peter Quilter’s The Morning After comes to London’s Above the Stag Theatre.

A modern comedy about love, sex and relationships that has been appropriately reimagined with a same-sex couple narrative for its UK debut, it runs in the Main House from January 22 to March 1, 2020.

Thomas wakes up surprised and naked in a young man’s bed, and as the memories of last night’s one-night-stand come flooding back, he gets quite the shock when the young man’s mother pops her head round the door to not only bring them breakfast in bed, but to join them for a chat and a gossip about the night before.

Thomas soon finds himself caught up in a family of crazy eccentrics for whom no subject or behaviour is inappropriate; and that morning’s antics is only the first sign that this is a family that doesn’t do privacy. Or, it turns out, goodbyes…

Will this overfamiliar family’s actions stunt a potential budding romance, or will their openness help to show Thomas that living your life with everything out in the open can be really quite liberating? Either way, it’ll be a ‘morning after’ he’s not likely to forget.

Set entirely in one bedroom, The Morning After is about looking for love and how differing views on ‘openness’ can affect a blossoming relationship. Amongst the humour, the writing highlights more serious topics of human flaws of hypocrisy and dishonesty and asks the question: who, in the end, has the right to judge which route we take to finding love?

Quilter’s play will be directed by Above the Stag’s recently appointed Artistic Director, Andrew Beckett, whose previous credits include Above The Stag’s pantomimes, Boom Bang-A-Bang and the Offie Award-winning production of Grindr: The Opera.

Peter Quilter’s plays have been staged in more than 40 countries around the world and have been translated into 30 languages. The Morning After has enjoyed successful productions at The Capitol Theatre in Warsaw, The Satirical Theatre in Sofia, The Comedy Theatre in Dresden, the Arlequin Theatre in Paraguay, The Peace Theatre in Ostrava and The National Theatre in Romania.

Quilter has had three very successful shows in London’s West End and one hit play on Broadway, been nominated twice for the Oliver Award for Best New Play and Best New Comedy, and has received three Tony Award nominations. This year, his Broadway play, End of the Rainbow, has been adapted for the film Judy, starring Renée Zellweger.

The Morning After will be designed by David Shields, with lighting design by Jamie Platt, sound design by Andy Hill and stage management by James Prendergast. Casting has not yet been announced.

Tickets: £25; previews (January 22 and 23) £15. To book, visit abovethestag.org.uk/whatson/the-morning-after/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 6pm (no performance on Sunday, January 26).