About This Show

Teenage boys Ste and Jamie are neighbours on a South London estate. Jamie is more knowledgeable about The Sound of Music than football, while classmate Ste never misses a sports day. Both are being bullied, Jamie at school and Ste at home by his violent father and brother. One night, when things get too much, Ste seeks refuge in Jamie’s flat and, sharing a bed, the boys strike up a new relationship. Together they come to terms with their sexuality and explore their feelings alongside their Mama Cass loving, rebellious friend Leah and with the much-needed emotional support of Jamie’s lioness mother, Sandra.This 30th-anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s iconic, coming-out and coming-of-age story set in the nineties, is about community, friendship, rites of passage and what it is to be 16 and in love.

BEAUTIFUL THING is a touching, urban love story, full of warmth and humour.

Assisted performances

BSL interpreted: Thu 28 Sep, 7.30pm
Captioned: Fri 29 Sep, 7.30pm Audio Described: Sat 30 Sep, 2.30pm Relaxed Environment: Sat 23 Sep, 2.30pm
Masked and Socially Distanced: Tue 19 Sep, 7.30pm


Show Details

Dates: First Preview: 08 September 2023 Opening Night: 14 September 2023 Final Performance: 07 October 2023

WhatsOnStage Review

| | 25 September 2023
The 30th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s seminal play will also be staged at Leeds Playhouse and HOME Manchester