About This Show

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.

Show Details

Running Time: 1hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: 18 May 2021 Final Performance: 13 June 2021

WhatsOnStage Review

| | 21 May 2021
Jack Holden’s one-man play is set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis

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