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VenueDuchess Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From18th May 2021
Opened20th May 2021
To13th June 2021
WhenTue-Fri 20:00. Sat 15:00, 20:00. Sun 15:00, 18:00
What is currently on at Duchess Theatre (V391)


Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer's last night on Earth. When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he's told he'll have four years to live - at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner, Dave, decide to sell their house, flog the car, spend everything they have and party like it's the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has left and drowning himself in drink and drugs. On the last night of his four-year countdown - the 29th February, 1988 - Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes to friends, enemies and strangers; old haunts, dive bars, cafes, clubs and pubs; his brothers, sisters, allies and exes. He dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone. Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly... survives. Michael got lucky, and he goes on to live to a ripe old age. Michael has been given the gift of life; but what kind of life can he now live?
Author Jack Holden

Archive :: production:T739185302, play:S0444414199, venue:V391

Production details

World Premiere.


Presented byAria Entertainment
Presented byLambert Jackson
Director Bronagh Lagan
Music John Elliott
Design Nik Corrall
Design STUFISH (co design)
Lighting Jai Morjaria
Director Sarah Golding (movement)
Sound Max Pappenheim (additional sound design)
Sound John Elliott
Performer Jack Holden

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