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Quentin Crisp – Naked Hope – Saturday 9th September 2023

Saturday 9th September 2023

7.30 pm

Quentin Crisp – Naked Hope


Written and performed by Mark Farrelly

Directed by Linda Marlowe

Mark Farrelly (Howerd’s End) brings his hugely-acclaimed solo play to the Lane Theatre for an intimate encounter with the original Englishman in New York.

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for refusing to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.

Naked Hope depicts Quentin at two phases of his extraordinary life: alone in his Chelsea flat in the 1960s, certain that life has passed him by, and thirty years later, performing An Evening with Quentin Crisp in New York. Packed with witty gems on everything from cleaning (“Don’t bother – after the first four years the dust won’t get any worse”) to marriage (“Is there life after marriage? The answer is no”), Naked Hope is a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity to be your true self.

Running time: 75 mins no interval

“An uncanny feat of resurrection. Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total” ★★★★ Time Out

“A sensational performance” ★★★★ (Off-Broadway)

“Make no mistake, this is a riveting and quite hysterically funny show” ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Reveals both the frailty and fearlessness of a trendsetter” ★★★★ Metro

“Spectacularly metamorphic” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“An absolutely stunning piece of theatre, masterfully told by an incredible actor and writer” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“An acting masterclass” 
★★★★★ Sardines Magazine

Tickets £14 – (Age 14+)