The London Import You Need to See: “The Inheritance”

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"The Inheritance" play

Clear your schedule for Broadway’s next LGBTQ masterpiece. “The Inheritance” is a play focused on several contemporary gay lives. And its smash hit production is crossing The Pond to NYC from London this fall.

The play was written by Matthew Lopez and directed by the renowned Stephen Daldry (of Billy Elliot fame). Among the accolades already received: the 2019 Olivier Award for Best New Play. The piece, which is loosely inspired by E. M. Forster’s Howards End, is set in 21st century NYC, a full generation after the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s. It follows a trio of gay men as they struggle to connect to the past and find their place in the world.

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Over two performances, the show examined more than 40 years of the gay experience, encountering loss, changing relationships and oppression in politics. Critics have hailed The Inheritance as a “moving” and “inspirational” piece. The two-part play, which runs for a total of six hours, was first premiered at London’s Young Vic, where it starred such talents as Vanessa Redgrave.

Now New York City audiences will have the chance to experience this slice of LGBTQ history at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Previews begin September 27 and the play is scheduled to open November 17.

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Last modified: September 13, 2019