30th birthday for Beautiful Thing

Published: 5 August 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Joshua Asaré (Jamie) and Raphael Akuwudike (Ste) in Beautiful Thing Credit: Myah Jeffers

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Leeds Playhouse and HOME Manchester celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jonathan Harvey’s coming-out and coming-of-age story Beautiful Thing.

Raphael Akuwudike (Ste) and Joshua Asaré (Jamie) will lead the cast and are joined by Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge (Tony), Shvorne Marks (Sandra) and Scarlett Rayner (Leah).

Director Anthony Simpson-Pike says: “Beautiful Thing is an iconic queer story that holds a special place in so many people's hearts. Many people saw their own stories on stage and screen for the first time.”

Teenage boys Ste and Jamie are neighbours on a South London estate. Jamie is more knowledgeable about The Sound of Music than football, while classmate Ste never misses a sports day. Both are being bullied, Jamie at school and Ste at home by his violent father and brother.

Beautiful Thing opens at Stratford East September 8–October 7, before playing Leeds Playhouse October 18–28 and HOME Manchester October 31–November 11.

Age guidance: 14+

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