Torch Song Trilogy tells the story of drag queen Arnold Beckoff as he juggles the demands of romance, career and a Jewish mother in a world that seems not especially made for him. Originally three plays - The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First - writer and original star Fierstein combined them after they opened separately to great acclaim.
The resulting Trilogy was first seen in 1982 on Broadway, where it ran for three years and won Fierstein Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor. In 1988, it was adapted for a film, again starring Fierstein and co-starring Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft.
Western, who plays Arnold in the new revival, won the 2001 Best Supporting Actor Olivier for his drag performance as Miss West Coast in the King's Head production of Pageant which transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre. His other stage credits include Tallulah Darling, Hercules, The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Cradle Will Rock.
Torch Song Trilogy is directed by Andrew Wood and designed by Richard Handscombe, with lighting by Mike Robertson.
- by Terri Paddock