Venue: Southwark Playhouse
This moving play about a middle aged gay couple in Brixton was way ahead of its time when it premiered in 1966, and gets a well deserved London revival by Southwark Playhouse.
Written by playwright Charles Dyer, who died earlier this year aged 92, the play was first performed by the RSC in 1966 with Paul Scofield and Patrick Magee, before being turned into a movie starring Richard Burton and Rex Harrison.
This new production at Southwark Playhouse stars Paul Rider and John Sackville as Charlie and Harry, hairdressers in Brixton in the Sixties who have been together for 20 years.
Quick humour and dreams keep them afloat but same-sex relationships are illegal and Charlie has been arrested in a pub while sitting on a man’s knee. Simmering underneath the banter and hilarious mockery, Charlie anxiously awaits a court summons and Harry has his own troubles – his hair is rapidly falling out, a disaster for a hairdresser!
Directed by Tricia Thorns, Staircase runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 17 July.Website & Booking
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