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On from 05 Mar 2019 till 30 Mar 2019
Old Red Lion Theatre
by Tom Ratcliffe
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £12 - £16.50 / (£14 concessions)

About: Circa


The twenty-first century. Being gay is supposedly more integrated than ever. Marriage is legal, parenthood is possible and #LoveWins is trending on twitter. The time has arrived to settle down with the man you love for a life of lasting companionship. But in a world where sex is readily available, and with a history of sexual freedom; what does it mean to be in a gay relationship in the modern age? And why are so many gay men still lonely?

★★★★ "Unexpected depth and conflict" – Grumpy Gay Critic

Circa explores the blurred identity of the gay relationship in the modern age. Following the story of one man’s romantic life, we are taken through the different relationships and encounters he experiences over a period of thirty years. Joining him through the joys and pitfalls of trying to find love and fulfilment as a gay man.

After premiering in Amsterdam and London in 2016, work.Theatre return with Tom Ratcliffe’s debut play for an extended run in a co-production with Harlow Playhouse.


@__Circa ; @workTheatre; @harlowplayhouse

LGBTQ+ New Writing Nights

We are excited to announce that we are holding scratch night performances for first time writers exploring LGBTQ+ content during our run of Circa. These scratch performances will be directly after the Saturday matinee performances of on the 23rd and 30th March. Ticket holders of the matinee performance will get to see these exciting new plays directly after the show.

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)



★★★★★ "Tom Ratcliffe’s outstanding play deals only in the realism of a life lived, without resorting to outlandish or over conceived plot points, and it is the authenticity of this play which will make it resonate so deeply with its audience." – Theatre Weekly

★★★★ "Unexpected depth and conflict" – Grumpy Gay Critic

★★★★ "this play is compelling, mature and important ... Ratcliffe is proving to be a significant new voice in LGBTQ+ theatre." – The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “filled to the brim with truth, emotion and wit ... As entertaining as it is moving, ‘Circa’ is unmissable theatre for anyone interested in queer stories, and, indeed, anyone interested in love.” – Spy in the Stalls

★★★★ “An accomplished piece of theatre with a wow factor. Passionate and powerful entertainment” – Boyz

★★★★ "fascinating and challenging in equal measure." – QueerGuru

★★★★ “The Set Design (Luke W Robson) is phenomenally good! ... A thoroughly enjoyable evening.” – Theatre Reviews Design

★★★★ "Ratcliffe’s play is a fantastic exploration of the toxicity of social expectations for gay men." – North West End

★★★★ "The five talented actors – Thomas Flynn, Antony Gabriel, Daniel Abelson, Joseph Rowe, Jenna Fincken – skilfully play multiple characters, presenting different realities and vignettes." – London Theatre Reviews

★★★★ "Circa‘s strongest asset is the powerhouse cast, who make the Old Red Lion even more intimate." – Reviews Gate

"it is a highly engaging 100 minutes and opened my eyes to a topic I had never considered." – A Younger Theatre

“Genius and genuine discovery ... I am very much looking forward to seeing what Ratcliffe and his fantastic team of actors do next.” – The London Magazine

"A thought-provoking and emotional new play." – The Prickle

“presents a very honest picture” – British Theatre Guide

"Andrew Twyman’s pacy but tenderly directed production, captures all of the key moments of the play beautifully" – Love London Love Culture

"the joy of this play is in its quiet powers, its ability to create an attachment with the audience so effortlessly and it’s almost cosy nostalgic feel." – Shy Strange Manic

“There were plenty of humorous moments and the acting was solid throughout.” – Gay Times

"Tom Ratcliffe is going to be a playwright we are sure to be seeing more from in the future." – Jack the Lad

“There is a fine elegance in the structure of this play, and the dialogues are clear and often humorous.” – Aleks Sierz

“All the actors are at the top of their game in multiple roles … Luke W. Robson is responsible for set, lighting and costumes, doing an excellent job with each ... Director Andy Twyman has worked with cast and creatives to devise a fluent production of rare technical skill and deft integration.” – Plays To See

Praise for other work.Theatre shows:

★★★★ – The Stage

★★★★ – The Scotsman

★★★★★ – Theatre Weekly

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