America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
Press comments from a 25th anniversary restaging of both plays last year: "Kushner’s complex and layered treatise on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s still resonates. What might be surprising though is the play’s resonance doesn’t come from its historical view into the ravages of AIDS. Rather, its biggest strengths today are in its unflinching views on politics, greed, and religion. With it comes an unexpected mix of optimism and longing that feels very much like today’s world. More than a history lesson though, or even as we pry the relevance to suit 2016, first and foremost, Angels in America is a brilliantly written play."
Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017, tickets here. Each part runs approximately 3 hours 30 minutes, with one interval.