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Performed at the duchess Theatre between 18 May, 2021 and 13 Jun, 2021

1988. Soho. His last night on earth.

The ‘stunning, joyful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing’ (The Guardian), CRUISE is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on earth, performing live for a strictly limited season at the Duchess Theatre. Must end 13 June.

When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he’ll have four years to live – at most. On the last night of his four-year countdown, Michael decides to go out with a bang. He says his goodbyes, dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone.

Written and performed by Jack Holden with ‘vast charm, empathy and energy’ (Evening Standard), 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.

Directed ‘with inventive control’ (WhatsOnStage) by Bronagh Lagan and featuring a ‘pulse-quickening, period-pastiche electro soundtrack’ (The Telegraph) performed live by John Elliott.
Cruise performs live at the Duchess Theatre until 13 June.

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Jack HoldenWritten by & Starring
John ElliottMusic & Sound Design
Bronagh LaganDirector
Nik CorrallDesign
Jai MorjariaLighting Designer
Sarah GoldingMovement
Max PappenheimAdditional Sound Design