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Apollo Theatre, London

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A powerful new queer play

Olivier-nominated play CRUISE is now playing in the West End for a strictly limited run at the Apollo Theatre this summer.

29 February 1988. Soho. His last night on earth. The intoxicating, vibrant Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on earth.

Following the phenomenal success of Channel4’s It’s a Sin, Cruise is a celebration of life, queer culture and survival, this is the uplifting and inspirational theatrical event of summer 2021.

Cruise is booking from 13 August 2022 until 14 September 2022 at the Apollo Theatre, London.

What is Cruise about?

4 years at most. That’s how long Michael has been given to live.

On the last night of his countdown – the 29th February, 1988 – Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes to friends, enemies and strangers; old haunts, dive bars, cafes, clubs and pubs; his brothers, sisters, allies and exes. He dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone. Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly… survives.

Creative team and cast

Cruise is written and performed by Jack Holden (Ten Per Cent, Amazon Prime Video; War Horse, National Theatre), directed by Bronagh Lagan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, UK Tour; Little Women, Park Theatre), with original music composed and performed live by John Patrick Elliott (The Little Unsaid). Design is by Nik Corrall with co-design by STUFISH Entertainment Architects, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, movement by Sarah Godling and additional sound design by Max Pappenheim.


Reviews of Cruise

★★★★★ "A one-man masterpiece" - Evening Standard (2022)
★★★★ "Intoxicating" - The Telegraph (2022)
★★★★★ "[Jack Holden's] enigmatic performance had us captivated throughout" - Gay Times (2022)
★★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
16+ / parental discretion advised / adult themes
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes
Performance dates
Booking to 4 September 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Venue Information

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176
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Queer play Cruise returns to West End for 3 weeks this Summer
Olivier-nominated play CRUISE will return to the West End for a strictly limited run at the Apollo Theatre this summer. Tickets for Cruise on sale here. Written and performed by Jack Holden (Ten Per Cent, Amazon Prime Video; War Horse, National Theatre) the show opened to rave reviews – ‘A tour de force, the toast of the town.’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph – at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End in May 2021.  Based on a true story Jack was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service, CRUISE plays tribute to a generation decimated by HIV and AIDs. Bringing to life 1980’s Soho, this kaleidoscopic musical is a celebration of queer culture with an uplifting 80s electronic soundtrack performed live by John Patrick Elliott.  Jack Holden and John Patrick Elliott said: “We’re ecstatic that CRUISE is coming to the Apollo Theatre for a limited run this Summer. Our first run reopened the West End with a bang. Audiences had been cooped up indoors for a long time, and we all needed a reason to come together, to laugh, to cry and to have a little dance – CRUISE was just that. This incarnation of CRUISE will be bigger, brighter, louder and prouder. We can’t wait to get back on stage, make one hell of a noise, and take our audiences back to 1980s Soho.” Producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said: “To have the opportunity to bring CRUISE back to the West End this summer is an absolute privilege. What a journey we have all been on from a brilliant first run at Duchess Theatre to an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. More audiences will now get to share this powerful and gripping musical drama and be taken back to the 80’s to be immersed in such an important part of history. We can’t wait to arrive at Apollo Theatre and continue our journey.” Producers Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson of Lambert Jackson said: “CRUISE holds an incredibly special place in our hearts. It’s electric, it’s exciting, and it’s coming to the Apollo Theatre, right in the heart of the historical setting for the play. What an honour to be involved in such an important queer piece of theatre – and to continue to celebrate the show after its well-deserved Olivier Award nomination.” Nica Burns, Chief Executive Nimax Theatres and producer of Rising Stars Festival said: “CRUISE was the stand-out star of Nimax’s ground-breaking Rising Stars Festival, which spearheaded the reopening of our six theatres post pandemic. A gem of a play and an incredible writing debut from its star, actor Jack Holden, which went on to win a nomination for Best New Play at the 2022 Olivier Awards. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jack and his producers back to the West End to give audiences another chance to see this intoxicating evening.” The full creative team includes Jack Holden (writer and performer), John Patrick Elliott (Music and Sound Design), Bronagh Lagan (Director), Nik Corrall (Design), STUFISH Entertainment Architects (Co-Design), Jai Morjaria (Lighting Designer) Sarah Golding (Movement) and Max Pappenheim (Additional Sound Design). Cruise runs from 13 August 2022 until 4 September 2022 at the Apollo Theatre, London. Watch the trailer for Cruise [videopress Yl8wfJhe w=750] Photos from the original production of Cruise [ngg src="galleries" ids="806" display="pro_tile"]

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