Thursday, 17 June 2021

Producer's show to start West End run

Producer's show to start West End run

A YOUNG theatre producer from Henley will see another of his shows open in the West End on Tuesday (February 7).

Jack Maple made headlines in May last year when aged 20 he became the youngest producer in West End history though his involvement in the acclaimed revival of Show Boat at the New London Theatre.

Show Boat ran until the end of August, shortly after which Mr Maple’s next project — a production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 play The Boys in the Band — sold out its entire five-week run at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park before touring to Salford, Brighton and Leeds.

Starring Mark Gatiss of Doctor Who, Sherlock and Wolf Hall fame, the play is now set for a limited two-week season at the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand.

There’s a party tonight. It’s 1968 and nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Gatiss) receives a surprise gift from his friend, Emory (James Holmes), in the form of a beautiful male hustler. Meanwhile, party host Michael (Ian Hallard) gets an unwanted surprise of his own. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heartbreak.

Mr Maple, 21, a former pupil of the Oratory School whose parents live in Gravel Hill, Henley, is one of the show’s associate producers.

The Boys in the Band is playing until Saturday, February 18. For more information and to book, visit

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