By Drew Sheldrick
The West End production of Holding the Man has had a star-studded opening night after two weeks of previews at Trafalgar Studios. Initial reports point to a fantastic reception by the London audience.
Celebrity attendees for the official opening included Richard E Grant, Kathy Lette and Joan Plowright, as well as Tim Conigrave’s mother and sister.
The cast returned to the stage for four calls in total at the conclusion of the performance, to a standing ovation from the audience. London’s Evening Standard gave the show top marks, reviewer Fiona Mountford remarking, “Tommy Murphy has shaped a commendably elegant work from the eponymous bestselling 1995 memoir”.
Australian actors Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes reprise their roles in the production, alongside Kath & Kim’s Jane Turner, Simon Burke and British performers Oliver Farnworth and Anna Skellern. Director David Berthold returned to helm the show once again.
It’s currently set to play until July 3.