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About the Show

Harvey Fierstein's award-winning play about a drag queen in the 1970s who seeks love and approval.

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Critic Reviews (7)

The London Evening Standard
September 9th, 2019

A firecracker performance by Matthew Needham lights up this streamlined version of Harvey Fierstein’s classic gay trilogy, smartly helmed by choreographer turned director Drew McOnie.'
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The Guardian (UK)
September 8th, 2019

Pioneering gay drama still packs a punch... Matthew Needham stars with tremulous assurance as the witty, sharp-tongued drag queen of Harvey Fierstein’s 70s drama.'
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WhatsOnStage
September 9th, 2019

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.'
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The Times (UK)
September 12th, 2019

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.'
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The Stage (UK)
September 9th, 2019

The emotional fireworks explode in all the right places and there’s an elegance to much of the staging... It’s a satisfying production from the Olivier-Award winning choreographer...'
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Time Out London
September 9th, 2019

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.'
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The Arts Desk
September 9th, 2019

Impressive return for Harvey Fierstein's seminal gay drama...Director Drew McOnie deftly handles Fierstein’s fluid structure...Needham is brilliantly assured...'
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