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Cast Announced for ‘Fucking Men’, at King’s Head Summer of Gay Theatre

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fucking menTen actors lined-up for a revival of the longest running off-West End play, Fucking Men: part of the King’s Head Theatre’s summer of gay theatre.

As the re-opening of one of the most enduring off-West End LGBT plays in a couple of weeks, the cast for Fucking Men have been announced. These include a wide range of talents including; LGBT theatre regulars such as Chris Wills (UP4MEET) and Hadyn Whiteside (Cum & Go); TV actors such as Coronation Street’s Jonathan McGarrity, and Darren Bransford of Channel 5’s War of the Roses; and even video game voice actor Johnathon Neal (Assassin’s Creed Chronicles). Joined by five others, they’ll be playing out Joe DiPietro’s gay take on Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial and previously banned La Rondeplaying characters such as The Escort, The Porn Star, The Married Guy, The Playwright, and The Actor respectively.

Directed by Geoffrey Hyland, Fucking Men moves Schnitzler’s hot action to the modern day big gay city, where it dramatically, ironically, and truthfully explores gay sex and life through an erotic relay of sexual encounters between 10 different men.

The King’s Head Theatre’s Big Fat Gay Summer

Fucking Men is just one of several plays lined up over the summer and autumn season at the King’s Head Theatre, kicking off with DiPietro’s long-running success.

10 -15 August Prince Gomolvilas’ acclaimed adaptation of Scott Heim’s ground-breaking novel, Mysterious Skin, will follow Fucking Men as it returns to London after it’s five-star run at the Drill Hall in 2011. If you’ve read the book and/or seen the Gregg Araki’s acclaimed film adaptation, you’ll be in for a treat. But even if you seen/read neither, then prepare yourself for a spine-tingling and blissfully harrowing experience.

17 – 22 August Gay gangster comedy Frank Sent Me, which dazzled the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and 2015 Brighton Fringe festivals and won the Writer’s Avenue “Best Play” prize, rolls in. As a man dresses his ‘friend’ for his destiny, Frank has sent round a boy to do a man’s job. This black comedy explores honour codes and keeping up appearances, for which Stephen Fry himself called, “brilliant new gangster tragicomedy”.

24 – 29 August Exploring mental health, HIV, and substance use, The Clinic explores modern intimacy in the gay community. Two boys hook up on Grindr. When the date goes wrong, their lives take two very different paths. The Clinic, has been written by Patrick Cash after compiling hours of interviews taken from patients at the NHS’ sexual health clinic in the heart of Soho, 56 Dean Street. It will feature a cast of queer scene performers, with DJ Stewart Who? and burlesque performer Pretty Miss Cairo among them.

4 – 24 October Ground-breaking verbatim chem sex play, 5 Guys Chillin’ crashes in for a three week run after its sell-out success at this year’s Brighton Fringe. Compiled from over 50 hours of interviews from men on the “chill out” scene found via hook-up apps and social media, 5 Guys Chillin’ finds everyone from students to surgeons to talk about relationships, HIV, and drugs.

Fucking Men will play at the King’s Head Theatre, London, N1 1QN from 5 – 30 August 2015. Tickets are £19.50 – £25.00 (concessions available). To book, visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com.

4 Comments on Cast Announced for ‘Fucking Men’, at King’s Head Summer of Gay Theatre

  1. I enjoyed every minute of Fucking men…brilliant acting, great story

  2. Wow. Cast of ten and not a single one who isn’t white.

    • JWaygood // 15th August 2015 at 17:33 //

      Hi Jenny,

      You do raise a good point. Thinking about it, I believe there might be an issue with non-white actors in LGBT productions on the whole. Thinking back at all the LGBT (and specifically, gay male) plays I’ve seen over the past few years, there’s very few non-white actors in any of them. Rikki Beadle-Blair, however, is certainly bucking the trend with writing and casting non-white characters and actors respectively in their plays (both gay and straight), so it’s certainly not a complete absence and illustrates that neither should it be.

      It’s certainly something that would be interesting to investigate as to whether its a) part of the wider issue of a lack of non-white actors in theatre b) something non-white actors are not putting themselves forward for (for whatever reason), or c) a genuine issue with how LGBT plays are cast (which I like to think isn’t the case, but that’s because it would gravely upset me if it was).

      Thanks for the provocative observation.

      Regards,
      James

  3. Jenny and not a single one of them was fat. And not one of them was disabled. No trans either. We could play this game a lot…

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