The Inheritance

Young Vic

The Inheritance

28 Mar 2018 - 19 May 2018

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You have to wonder why there isn't a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you've wanted for years. Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend.

A generation after the worst of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York?

How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love?

Adapted from Forster's Howard's End

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“A softer, gentler, sadder version of Angels in America; less driven by fury and theatrics... more heart and aching tenderness.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Instantly looks like a modern classic, perhaps the most important American play of the century so far.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Eloquent about love, longing, risk and fear... raising knotty questions about how much of the world we can ever truly know. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“A flawed and messy play in many respects. But it is, nonetheless, a pretty monumental achievement.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Grows into a vastly enjoyable, properly gripping, frequently moving piece of event theatre.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Compelling two-part portrait of a generation of gay men.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Crystalline production, pierces your emotional defences, raises any number of political issues and enfolds you in its narrative.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Lucid, remarkably involving production... Hilton (who doubles as EM Forster and Walter) could not be more moving.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Lopez's witty, brutal two-part epic... if you do go and see this, you're (mostly) in for a theatrical treat.”

Emma Watkins (Broadway World)

“High-voltage account of male gay life whirls through marriages, breakups, betrayals, high life and hard times.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Could do with a trim but it has a box-set binge feel to it... about fame, desire, betrayal and, deliciously, property.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A long day's journey into light.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“An impressive piece of work, but almost completely empty.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

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