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My Night with Reg: Exclusive look at London revival of Kevin Elyot's modern gay classic

Comedian Stephen K Amos and former Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy star in the new production of the famed '90s stage play.

2021-07-27

Words: Will Stroude; Photography: Mark Senior

Modern gay classic My Night with Reg has been revived in a new London production starring comedian Stephen K Amos and former Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy - and we've been given an exclusive look at the production.

First produced in 1994, Kevin Elyot's famed comedy-drama about a group of friends in 1980s London amid the mounting horror of the AIDS crisis was last revived in the capital seven years ago, in 2014.

Stephen K Amos (Benny) in My Night with Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

Directed by Matt Ryan, the latest production stars James Bradwell, Edward M Corrie, Paul Keating, and Alan Turkington alongside Amos and McCarthy, and is playing at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea until 21 August.

Among the pantheon of '90s theatre productions exploring the human cost of the AIDS crisis, My Night with Reg has often been heralded as one of the greatest, winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1995.

Paul Keating (Guy) & Gerard McCarthy (Daniel) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

In a year that's seen Russell T Davies' It's A Sin thrust the gay human toll of the AIDS Crisis back into the wider public consciousness, there's never been a better time to relive - or experience for the first time - the power of Elyot's own exploration of one of the period.

An official synopsis reads: "Set in Guy’s London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985 and, for Guy and his circle, the world is about to change forever, thanks to the mounting AIDS crisis."

My Night with Reg is at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea until 21 August. Check out exclusive new production images below:

Edward M Corrie (John) in My Night with Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

Edward M Corrie (John) in My Night with Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

Edward M Corrie (John), Paul Keating (Guy) & James Bradwell (Eric) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

Gerard McCarthy (Daniel) & Edward M Corrie (John) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

James Bradwell (Eric) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

James Bradwell (Eric) in My Night with Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

L-R: Edward M Corrie (John) & Gerard McCarthy (Daniel) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

L-R: James Bradwell (Eric) & Edward M Corrie (John) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

L-R: Paul Keating (Guy) & Alan Turkington (Bernie) in My Night with Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

L-R: Paul Keating (Guy), Gerard McCarthy (Daniel) & Alan Turkington (Bernie) in My Night With Reg at The Turbine Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

My Night with Reg is at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea until 21 August. For tickets click here.