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Sunday 16 July 2017

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia Epic National Theatre Live Production Comes To Lewes Big Screen

From its South Bank home, the National Theatre (NT) brings to the Depot cinema, Lewes, big screen – Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia.

Angels in America is a 1993 play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. The play is a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s.

Certain major and minor characters are supernatural beings (angels) or deceased persons (ghosts). The play contains multiple roles for several of the actors - who include Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) in the lead role, Nathan Lane (The Producers) and Denise Gough (Paula, People, Places and Things). 


Initially and primarily focusing on a gay couple in Manhattan, the play also has several other storylines, some of which occasionally intersect.

Depot Chair of Trustees Robert Senior was lucky enough to take in a full performance of Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia, before the National Theatre (NT) production comes to the Depot big screen later this month:

"Angels in America is an astonishing two part epic play by Tony Kusher (Munich, Lincoln) and is widely regarded as one of the best plays of the 20th Century.

"When shown recently at the National Theatre the entire run sold out in two hours but I sat with my laptop for almost that long and managed to grab two seats. Sarah (my wife) and I saw the whole eight hour performance in one day (just before Depot opened) and were blown away. 


"It is hilarious, extremely moving and completely bonkers in equal measure, but at its core a powerful reflection on an America in the 1990s when people with HIV were dying in their thousands and the gay community completely traumatised (in 2017 many of its themes are still relevant).

"The cast is brilliant and watch out for Andrew Garfield"s tremendous central performance at next year's theatre awards. This is not the play of the year it is an event in your lifetime."


This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott.

"Kushner's apocalyptic view of American politics now looks amply justified."Michael Billington, The Guardian

Angels In America: Millennium Approaches at Depot on Thursday 20th July at 7pm – Angels In America: Perestroika at Depot on Thursday 27th July at 7pm – for only £5 extra enjoy a screening and snack box. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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