Bush Retrospective: Beautiful Thing

A rehearsed reading of Jonathan Harvey's seminal play

The first Bush Retrospective will be Jonathan Harvey’s seminal Beautiful Thing, which premiered at the Bush in 1993.

The rehearsed reading will be followed by a panel discussion where Jonathan will be joined by Waleed Akhtar, writer of new play The P Word, which will have its world premiere this September.

Written at a time when homophobia was commonplace and Section 28 and HIV/AIDS made daily headlines, the Bush put a young, gay Liverpool playwright centre stage. Beautiful Thing later transferred to the West End, was made into a feature film, and discovering its extraordinary writing and message of hope has been a rite of passage for many in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. The show will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023.

The 1993 Original Cast included Jonny Lee Miller (Ste), Philip Glenister (Tony), Mark Letheren (Jamie), Sophie Stanton (Leah) and Patricia Kerrigan (Sandra).

The rehearsed reading will be directed by Lucy Waterhouse (Associate Director, Witness for the Prosecution).

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