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ONE OF THE BOYS

SUCCESSFUL, HAPPY, WITTY AND WISE – MARK GATISS HAS IT ALL. FOR MANY OF US, HE’S THE GAY MAN WE’D LIKE TO BE. BUT HE’S JUST TAKEN ON A ROLE IN A CONTROVERSIAL PLAY THAT MAY CHANGE THE WAY WE SEE HIM FOREVER

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Ahugely-successful actor and writer, Mark Gatiss made his name in the darkly- comic sketch series The League of Gentlemen before moving onto the reboot of Doctor Who and the BBC’s wildly-popular Sherlock, which he co-created, writes, and in which he plays the detective’s brother Mycroft. In between all this he’s managed to fit in roles in Nighty Night, Wolf Hall and, most recently, London Spy – as well as making several appearances on stage, such as in the National Theatre’s Three Days in the Country, for which he won an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role earlier this year. Not content with his burgeoning career, Gatiss also has a happy home life; he’s married to fellow actor Ian Hallard, with whom he lives in Islington, North London.

Now Gatiss’s private and professional lives are coming together as he prepares to appear alongside his husband in a revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal gay play The Boys in the Band. Set in an apartment in New York, the play centres around a birthday party thrown by fashion photographer Michael (Hallard) for his friend Harold (Gatiss). All the guests are gay and one of their presents to Harold is a gorgeous male hustler called Cowboy.

But when Michael’s straight friend Alan arrives unexpectedly, his reaction to the guests’ flamboyant gay antics sends the party veering off course. Drunkenness descends, there’s an outpouring of rage, and the men begin playing a game in which they each have to make one phone call to the person they’ve loved the most. As they do, we’re given insights into the tragedy and suffering that have made them who they are.

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