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Our trip to the first performance of Cruise

Published 19 May 2021

“A powerhouse solo performance, full of nostalgia and a love story to life.”

That’s what we felt about seeing Cruise at the Duchess Theatre last night. Suzie and Natalie from our Official London Theatre team, got to see the very first performance of the play, based on a true story Jack Holden was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service. This new play pays tribute to a generation decimated by HIV and AIDs.

And it’s Jack himself, writer and performer in the show who brings to life 1980’s Soho in this kaleidoscopic musical, which is a celebration of queer culture with an uplifting 80s electronic soundtrack performed live by John Elliott. We asked Jack to tell us about himself in 10 questions. Read them here:

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In this week's Tell Us In 10, we’re talking to Jack Holden, writer and lead star of Cruise, a new play opening at the Duchess Theatre from 18 May.

Before the show, Suzie and Natalie went for a wander around Soho, where the play is set.

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Having seen Jess interview Jack and John on our Theatre Chat Live series just a couple of weeks ago, Suzie and Natalie knew the show was going to have an amazing soundtrack.

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And it didn’t disappoint. Here’s our (and the audience’s) reaction after the show:

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For a little more insight into the show, we interviewed writer and performer Jack Holden and director Bronagh Lagan to chat all about bringing their ideas to life and the inspiration behind the scenes. We know if the above hasn’t got you booking tickets already – this will:

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Cruise plays at the Duchess Theatre until 13 June, so don’t miss out. Book now.

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