Cruise (London)
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Cruise (London)

Cruise (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(57 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great writing

About the Show

Jack Holden's Olivier Award-nominated play exploring queer culture in the 1980s returns to the West End.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (57)

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161 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you want to see a completely mesmerising one man show. Supremely well acted, thoughtful, funny, heartfelt. Spectacular from start to finish.

Don't see it if you’re put off entirely by the notion of a one man show, though this is the best I’ve ever seen by some margin.

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like to be transformed and transfixed into a whole new world

Don't see it if don't like gay culture

601 Reviews | 106 Followers
Great acting, Moving, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you’d like a SUPERB show in which a young man learns what it was like living through the 80s as a gay man grappling with the AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if you don’t like funny, moving, beautiful theater experiences. This is a masterpiece performed by a phenomenal actor.

108 Reviews | 12 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You love fantastically acted one-person performances with masterful sound design. With an important lesson of queer history added in.

Don't see it if You don't like good plays for some reason

92 Reviews | 2 Followers
Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see something new. Amazing look at being gay in the 80s and so absorbing for a one man show. Insanely good!

Don't see it if You are triggered by the subject of the aids crisis.

157 Reviews | 5 Followers
History, Raw/edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing, Important

See it if you want a vibrant distinctive experience, hear the history of gay men's challenges, love & friendship in the 80s Educates & motivates.

Don't see it if you have a closed mind.

58 Reviews | 4 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are interested in lgbtiq+ stories, well performed, and be entertained during the whole play.

Don't see it if You don't want to know anything about LGTBI+ stories. Although you must. 😉

62 Reviews | 2 Followers
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want some insight into gay life pre covid

Don't see it if This theme has been handled better so often by so many

Critic Reviews (11)

The Telegraph (UK)
August 18th, 2022

"The play persuasively inhabits a carpe diem state of mind as much as it pays homage to a community history, and counters its more indulgent moments with waspish observation."
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Shy Strange Manic
August 23rd, 2022

Cruise is, simply put, a masterclass in single-person performance. From the exquisite writing, to the impressively engaging performance, to the sound design which propels the show forward almost slingshot-like with its energy, Cruise is one of the best pieces of theatre you’ll see this year.
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The London Evening Standard
August 19th, 2022

"The poetic script, which runs the gamut from comedic accounts of the salacious goings on in the back streets of Soho to a gut-wrenching list of men who were lost to the AIDS epidemic, takes you on an emotional rollercoaster without ever once losing its hold on your attention."
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The London Evening Standard
May 21st, 2021
For a previous production

Still, [Cruise is] a remarkable achievement for young actor Jack Holden, who wrote the script under lockdown and performs it with vast charm, empathy and energy.
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The Telegraph (UK)
May 20th, 2021
For a previous production

As the West End reopens, the pick of the young crop is Jack Holden’s self-performed debut about life on London’s gay scene in the 1980s.
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May 21st, 2021
For a previous production

But [Cruise] is a remarkable tour-de-force, directed with inventive control by Bronagh Lagan, and powered by Holden's passionate, loving performance which conjures and celebrates all these lost men.
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London Theatre
May 24th, 2021
For a previous production

A paean to a sybaritic Soho of a vanished era, Cruise namechecks the bars and, well, cruising locales of an earlier era, while the music encompasses Gloria Gaynor and Patsy Cline and many others besides.
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The Stage (UK)
May 21st, 2021
For a previous production

Elliott’s soundtrack drives the play but it’s the richness of Holden’s narrative that grabs our attention. His story, like the music, is familiar but told with remarkable freshness and flair.
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