Tony Kushner's Angels in America is a landmark of modern theatre. The 1993 play won a Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk Award, was adapted into a similarly successful HBO miniseries, and has transcended the realm of fiction to challenge broader perceptions of homosexuality.
Now director Marianne Elliott will bring Angels in America to the National Theatre's Lyttleton stage, with a 24-carat cast led by Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man films), Broadway legend Nathan Lane, Denise Gough (People, Places, Things, N.T and West End), Domnhall Gleason (About Time film) and Russell Tovey (Being Human, BBC).
Angels in America: Denise Gough. Photo by Jason Bell
Formed by two plays - Millennium Approaches and Perestroika - Angels in America is a mighty, meaty, genre-busting exploration of the 1980s AIDS crisis. It follows a straight and a gay couple through addiction, faith, diagnosis to desperate illness, all the while maintaining a disquieting clarity and sharp, steady humour.
Subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes', Angels in America is an epic call to arms, but it's also an intimate domestic drama with four people at crux. The political potency and 'Big Issue' never override the humanity.
As if it wasn't momentous enough to have a National Theatre revival of Angels in America, Andrew Garfield and his fellow famous stars will be sure to ignite ticket sales and spark long queues down the South Bank.
Angels in America: Nathan Lane. Photo by Jason Bell
In terms of form, content, themes and length, this is not easy nap-in-the-back-and-have-a-laugh theatre. The two plays (three hours 30 minutes each) will be staged on consecutive nights and then back to back on selected days. It's unlikely the prospect of a seven-hour theatre marathon will deter people; with its formidable reputation and superlatively talented creative team, Angels in America at the National Theatre 'promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the year', says artistic director Rufus Norris.
Such is the anticipated demand, booking for Angels in America is separate to the rest of the National Theatre new season. Make sure you're first in line to get a ticket; this is the play everyone will be talking about.
|What||Angels in America, National Theatre|
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
11 Apr 17 – 31 Jul 17, Previews from 11 April 2017
|Price||£15 - £65|
|Website||Click here to book via the National Theatre|