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Quentin Crisp : Naked Hope


Written and performed by Mark Farrelly.

Directed by Linda Marlowe.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety viaThe Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for refusing to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.

Naked Hopedepicts Quentin at two phases of his extraordinary life: alone in his Chelsea flat in the 1960s, certain that life has passed him by, and thirty years later, performingAn Evening with Quentin Crispin New York. Packed with witty gems on everything from cleaning (“Don’t bother – after the first four years the dust won’t get any worse”) to marriage (“Is there life after marriage? The answer is no”),Naked Hopeis a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity to be your true self.

Running time: 75 mins – no interval.

★★★★★ “An absolutely stunning piece of theatre, masterfully told by an incredible actor and writer” Broadway Baby

★★★★★ “An acting masterclass” Sardines Magazine

★★★★★ “A truly life-affirming play and an absolute triumph” All That Dazzles

★★★★ “An uncanny feat of resurrection. Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total” Time Out

★★★★ “Brilliant” The Stage

★★★★ “A sensational performance” (Off-Broadway)

★★★★ “Make no mistake, this is a riveting and quite hysterically funny show” British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Reveals both the frailty and fearlessness of a trendsetter” Metro

★★★★ “Highly recommended” North West End

★★★★ “Spectacularly metamorphic” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “A terrific central performance…life-enhancing theatre” My Theatre Mates

★★★★ “A brave celebration of a truly witty outsider” London Theatre 1

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