May-Jun 2021- The Duchess Theatre
An Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson production
Written & Performed by Jack Holden
Composer, Performer & Sound Designer- John Elliott
Director- Bronagh Lagan
Set & Costume Nik Corrall
Set & Video Design - Stufish Entertainment Architects
Lighting Design- Jai Morjaria
Movement Direction- Sarah Golding
Co-Sound Design- Max Pappenheim
G M & Ass. Producer for Aria Entertainment- Chris Matanle
Producer- Lambert Jackson
Producer- Aria Entertainment
1988. Soho. His last night on earth.
When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he’ll have four years to live – at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car, and spend everything they have to party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has on drink and drugs.
On the last night of his four year countdown – the 29th February, 1988 – Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes, dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone. Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly… survives.
Michael got lucky. He’s been given the gift of life; but what kind of life can he now live?
Written and performed by Jack Holden (War Horse, West End; Ink, Almeida Theatre) CRUISE is a celebration of queer culture; a kaleidoscopic musical and spoken word tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis; an urgent piece of theatre, with an irresistible 80s soundtrack, which will make you laugh, make you cry, and which inspires us all to live every day as if it’s our last.
Best Director by Off West End Awards 2020
Best Musical Production by Off West End Awards 2020
Best Lighting Design in a musical by Off West End Awards 2020
Best Set Design in a musical by Off West End Awards 2020
Best Musical Direction in a musical by Off West End Awards 2020
Lead Performance in a musical by Off West End Awards 2020
3x Best Supporting Performance in a Musical by Off West End Awards 2020
Rags, in concert 2014
Theatrical Event of the Year by Whatsonstage 2014