Young Gay Brits
Certain Young Men
by Peter Gill
The Almeida Theatre Company
Almeida Theatre, 3 February 1999
And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth
cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold of him; And he left
the linen cloth and fled from them naked. St Mark. 14.51/52
What are two grown men doing living together, faking all the stupidities
of a fake straight relationship?
A sharp and poignant comedy of contemporary manners, Certain Young
Men explores the lives and loves of Stewart and Michael, David and Christopher,
Andrew and Tony, and Robert and Terry.
The performance runs for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15
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about Peter Gill's plays by John Burgess from the programme.
- Minimalist View
of a Gay Scene, Sheridan Morley,
International Herald Tribune, 10 February
Gay Brits, Paul Levy, Wall Street Journal, February
Four couples in search of a plot, by Sheridan Morley,
The Spectator, February 13,
Long on courage short on drama, by Charles Spencer in the
Telegraph Friday 29 January
Mothers do 'ave 'em" by Susannah Clapp, the Guardian, January
suffocating air of domesticity" the Guardian, January 1999.
||Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, Translations (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Macowen Theatre) The Revengers's Tradgedy (Orange
Tree Theatre), Othello (National Youth Theatre).
Television: The Blonde
Bombshell, Dangerfield, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, Silent Witness, The Rag
Nymph, The Cold Season, Taggert: Apocalypse.
Film: Greenwich Meantime.
||Theatre: The Tower (Almeida Theatre), My Boy Jack (Hampstead Theatre),
In the Company of Men, A Patriot for Me (Royal Shakespeare Company), Clocks
and Whistles (Bush Theatre), Macbeth (National Youth Theatre).
The Cenci (Almeida Theatre).
Television: Aristocrats, The Rather English Marriage, Holding On, Cider
with Rosie, The Unknown Soldier, The Jump, The Bill, Cold Lazarus, Touch
of Frost, Soldier Soldier.
Film: Mrs Pollifax, Wavelengths.
Radio: Les Parent Terribles, Man and Boy, Minuet.
||Theatre: Work for the Royal National Theatre includes: The Shaughraun,
Hamlet, Voysey Inheritance, School for Scandal. Work for the Royal Shakespeare
Company includes. The Country Wife (Swan Theatre/Pit), Love's Labour's Lost,
(Stratford/Barbican), The Gift of the Gorgon (Pit/Wyndhams). Three Sisters
(Queen's Theatre), La Bete and The Way of the World (Lyric Hammersmith)
Repertory in Nottingham, Salisbury, Bromley.
Television: Journeys End,
Fatal Inversion, Poirot, Piece of Cake, Wish Me Luck, A Village Affair,
Film: Emma, The Winslow Boy, The Net, An Ideal Husband, Gloria, Mimic,
Happy Texas, Voices from a Locked Room, Amistad, Carrington, The Misadventures
of Margaret, Wuthering Heights.
||Theatre: Work for the Royal National Theatre. Abingdon Square, The Shape
of the Table, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges. Weldon Rising, Search and
Destroy. Disappeared (Royal Court Theatre), Butterfly Kiss (Almeida Theatre),
Vieux Carre (Nottingham Playhouse), Don Carlos (Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow,
Edinburgh Festival). Work for the Old Vic Theatre: Waste, Cloud Nine, The
Provok'd Wife, King Lear. A Letter of Resignation (Savoy Theatre), The Art
of Success (Paines Plough).
Television: Wish Me Luck, Underbelly, Prime
Suspect Ill, Seaforth, Degrees of Error, Sharman, Kavanagh QC.
Film: Watch That Man, Regeneration.
||Theatre: Equus, Much Ado About Nothing (Southport), The Grapes of Wrath
(Phoenix Production), Antony and Cleopatra (national tour), Conduct Unbecoming
(Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, national tour). Andrew Lancel co-founded The Message
Television: Queer as Folk, Casualty, Heartbeat, Peak
Practice, Soldier Soldier, Dangerfield, The Grand, The Bill, The Detectives,
Hillsborough, Go Back Out, Liverpool One, Cardiac Arrest, City Central.
Film: Playground Rules, Case, Some Small Cycle, Wideeyed and Legless
(The Wedding Gift in U.S.A.)
||Theatre: Work for the Royal National Theatre: Richard III, King Lear,
Napoli Milonaria, The Bacchae (Opera Factory), Crimes of Pashion (Nottingham
Playhouse). Work for the Royal National Theatre Studio: Lovers' Melancholy,
The Runners, Musicians, Alien Activity, Barbarians (Man in the Moon), Offshore
Island (Old Red Lion), Balm in Gilead (Edinburgh Festival), Revelations
(Gateway Theatre, Chester), Our Town, Action Replay, Measure for Measure
(Contact Theatre, Manchester), The Way of the World (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).
Peter Smigh has toured internationally with the Spanish Theatre Company.
La Fura Dels Baus.
Television: The Bill, Taking Liberties, Over the Rainbow,
Date Rape, Devil's Advocate, Chandler and Co., Backup, Sometimes Never,
Lord of Misrule, Peak Practice, Heat of the Sun.
Film: Expresso Splasho, Duplicity, The Waiter, Underground Signs, The
Butterfly Effect, Young Indiana, The Day of the Jackal.
||Theatre: Work for the Royal National Theatre: Fair Ladies at a Game
of Poem Cards, The Prince's Play, Rutherford and Son, Angels in America,
Single Spies (also Queen's Theatre). Hamlet (Royal Exchange Theatre), Me
and Mamie O'Rourke (Strand Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Royal,
York), Wolf at the Door (Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Clandestine Marriage
(Bristol Old Vic Theatre).
Television: Kavana QC, French and Saunders,
Absolutely Fabulous, A Woman at War, The Nightwatch, Keeping Tom Nice, Master
of the Marionettes, No Further Cause for Blue Lamp, Contact, Made in
||Theatre: Not Gods But Giants (Traverse Theatre)
Soldier, Bramwell, A'int Misbehaving, Thieftakers, Loving, Loved Up, Prime
Suspect III, The Ward, The Bill, The Throwaways, Ruth Rendell Mysteries,
Heart Stones, Touch of Frost.
Film: Human Traffic, Somme.
||Theatre: Anna Karenina (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Terms of Abuse (Hampstead
Theatre), Dumped (National Youth Theatre), Yard (The Bush). Nathalie Gibbs
was resident Design Assistant at the Young Vic. Work as Design Assistant:
Cleansed (Royal Court Theatre), The Country Wife (Theatre Royal, Plymouth),
HRH (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Women Laughing (Palace Theatre, Watford),
The Mark Baldwin Dance Company (Edinburgh tour, The Place, Royal Festival
Opera: Mask of Orpheus (Royal Festival Theatre), II Turco in Italia
(Christchurch, Broomhill), Misper (Glyndebourne Opera House).
Film: Daylight Robbery.
Costume Design: Mark Baldwin, Clod Ensemble.
||Hartley T A Kemp
||Theatre: Work for the Almeida Theatre: Tongue of a Bird, The Doctor's
Dilemma (also national tour) Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), Dealer's
Choice (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Faith (Royal Court Upstairs), The Golem
(Bridewell Theatre), Rosmersholm (London Stage Company). Work for the Southwark
Playhouse. Thieves Like Us, In the Jungle of Cities, Seascape with Sharks
and Dancer. A Week with Tony (Finborough Theatre). Work for Battersea Arts
Centre. When Did You Last See My Mother?, Baby Jean, In High Germany.
Opera: Carmen (Castleward and Belfast), Iris (Opera Holland Park), Die Fledermaus
(Chichester Festival Theatre and national tour), The Promise (Queen Elizabeth
Hall and Staines), The Marriage of Figaro (Queen Elizabeth Hall, national
Musicals: Dorian (Arts Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Theatre Royal,
Hanley), Assasins, Sweet Lorraine (Old Fire Station, Oxford), The Happy
Prince (national tour).
Associate lighting designer credits include: The Herbal Bed (Royal Shakespeare
Company, Duchess Theatre and national tour).
Hartley is also artistic director of C venues at the Edinburgh Festival.
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