The Pride – Preview

Published On December 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Steeden | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

Theatre Royal Brighton
14th – 18th January – 7.45pm
16th & 18th January – 2.30pm
Tickets £11.90 – £37.90 + b.f

Alexi Kaye Campbell’s critically acclaimed play ‘The Pride’ is a love story set across 50 years, following the same three people as they live and love simultaneously in 1958 and 2008. If that all sounds a bit ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ then it’s worth noting that love between two of those people was illegal under British law until 1967. It is this mammoth shift in attitudes to homosexuality that is at the heart of the play, the worlds of ‘then’ and ‘now’ intertwining and dissolving apart as societal repression gives way to self-deception.

In a climate of fifties repression Oliver and the seemingly happily married Philip battle to suppress their romantic feelings for one another. Half a century down the line the two men are free to conduct their relationship openly but struggle to keep it on track nonetheless, proving that sexual liberation is no guarantee of happiness in the love stakes.

pride 3Directed by Jamie Lloyd and with design by Soutra Gilmour (winner of the 2012 Evening Standard Award for Best Design) the production was a multi-award-winning hit during its West End run, which included one memorable performance dedicated by the cast, ‘To Russia with love’, proving that the theatre world hasn’t  lost its balls when it comes to making a political statement.

Starring Al Weaver (‘Inadmissible Evidence’, ‘Hamlet’) as Oliver, Harry Hadden-Paton (‘Posh’, ‘In the Loop’) as Philip, Naomi Sheldon (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Sex with a Stranger’) as Sylvia, and Mathew Horne (‘Gavin and Stacey’, ‘Bad Education’) in three supporting roles, ‘The Pride’ is at the Theatre Royal Brighton from 14th to 18th January as part of a UK tour.

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