Harvey Fierstein's award-winning play about a drag queen in the 1970s who seeks love and approval.
Set in 1970s Manhattan, this moving story follows Arnold Beckoff, a drag queen who seeks love and also acceptance from his family. A London production of the play written by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray, Kinky Boots). Directed by Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom, Jesus Christ Superstar).
A glorious revival of Harvey Fierstein’s trailblazing play... Needham plays every breath and beat with such deft brio and sincere conviction that the whole thing flies high, as bright and beautiful as a rainbow flag. Glorious.'
This version may not be as moving or as funny as previous takes on this gorgeous script, but chances are that anybody encountering Arnold...for the first time will still know they're in the presence of something special.'
Like Arnold, the gay, Jewish drag queen at its centre, Harvey Fierstein’s LGBTQ+ classic ‘Torch Song’ is anxious and wistful. The writing spills over with rapid-fire patter. It’s also full of heart and hope.'