Olivier-nominated ‘Cruise’ returns to the West End for a strictly limited run this summer!

Producers Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson have announced that the Olivier-nominated play CRUISE will return to the West End for a strictly limited run at the Apollo Theatre this summer from 13 August to 4 September 2022.

CRUISE is an urgent, moving and inspirational play written and performed by Jack Holden, directed by Bronagh Lagan, with original music composed and performed live by John Patrick Elliott.CRUISE was one of the first productions to premiere in the West End when theatres reopened in May 2021 and marked West End debuts for the producers and playwright Jack Holden. The production won widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and was nominated for Best New Play at the 2022 Oliviers.



Based on a true story Jack was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service, CRUISE plays tribute to a generation decimated by HIV and AIDs. Bringing to life 1980’s Soho, this kaleidoscopic musical is a celebration of queer culture with an uplifting 80s electronic soundtrack performed live by John Patrick Elliott. 


Cruise © Pamela Raith Photography

The full creative team includes Jack Holden (writer and performer), John Patrick Elliott (Music and Sound Design), Bronagh Lagan (Director), Nik Corrall (Design), STUFISH Entertainment Architects (Co-Design), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design).Initial development supported by Help Musicians Fusion Fund and Shoreditch Town Hall.

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