Another Country and My Best Friend’s Wedding actor Rupert Everett will star in a script-in-hand online reading of new gay play Rush. A provocative comedy of modern manners, Willi Richards play was due to open at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in June.
Everett and his fellow cast members Omari Douglas (Five Guys Names Moe) and Daniel Boyd (Oppenheimer) will meet for the first time remotely online, only moments before the reading begins and will together discover and bring to life a queer journey of romance, desire and infidelity.
Richards witty and irreverent debut play portrays a triangular relationship of three gay men. It is a debate play for anyone (whatever their gender or orientation) who has told a lie (even a small one) whilst in a relationship; to keep the peace, to make life easier, to protect people’s feelings or to uphold convention.
Everett most recently starred on stage in the title role of Uncle Vanya; the production also marked his directorial stage debut. His stage credits include Blithe Spirit on Broadway, Pygmalion and The Judas Kiss in the West End.
The script reading will be filmed on Zoom later this month and a full HD version which is being recorded simultaneously will be released online to the public, with further details to be announced in due course.
Rush premiered at the Kings Head Theatre in 2018 and was due to run at Trafalgar Studios in June during Pride month, however it was cancelled due to COVID-19.