GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
By Martin Sherman
English original text
The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, an older American pianist, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau’s attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world. However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men, who don’t share Beau’s doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century.
As generations intertwine, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM reveals the journey of gay history and celebrates the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, Park Theatre and King’s Head Theatre 2019
– Directed by Sean Mathias, designed by Lee Newby. Cast: Jonathan Hyde, Ben Allen & Harry Lawtey © Marc Brenner
“Unexpected and beautiful. (…) An extraordinary piece of theatre.” ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
“Emotive, thoughtful and witty. “ ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1
“Legendary playwright Martin Sherman shows he’s still got it with this poignant relationship drama that’s well worth seeing.” ★★★★ Time Out