New musical tours the NE next week

Published: 25 January 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Guy, a modern-day gay love story musical, tours the region from 3 to 8 February 2020 before visiting other parts of the country, ending in London on 7 March.

The story of a fat, gay, nerdy man looking for love is Queer As Folk meets Bridget Jones, according to Cumbrian composer Stephen Hyde (shortlisted for the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2018) and Mancunian writer-producer Leo Mercer (a Stage One Producer), who work together as leo&hyde.

Guy is a gay millennial looking for love. He's fat, nerdy and shy. He feels like he doesn’t fit in to the gay community. But when a rejection on Grindr pushes him to make terrible life choices, he is forced to confront his inner demons, all the while pushing away everyone close to him.

The show features twelve electronic pop anthems and a story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men—and is a reminder that the only person you should be is yourself.

This modern-day gay love story for everybody premièred in 2018 at Hope Mill Theatre and The Bunker and was the winner of Best Show at the Birmingham Fringe Festival 2018 and winner of Buxton Fringe Award for Best New Writing 2018.

Guy the Musical visits:

  • Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (3 February)
  • Alnwick Playhouse (4 February)
  • Saltburn Community Centre (5 February)
  • Arts Centre Washington (6 February)
  • The Witham, Barnard Castle (7 February)
  • Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre (8 February)