Donmar panel discussion to investigate 20 years of gay rights

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A panel discussion at the Donmar Warehouse in London will look at the last twenty years of the gay rights movement both on and off stage.

The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday 10 September at the Donmar Warehouse, and accompanies a critically acclaimed revival of landmark play My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot.

The 1994 hit will be accompanied by the talk during which David Benedict, critic of Variety will ask what has changed on stage and off.

Speakers include director, author and performer Neil Bartlett, novelist and TV producer Matt Cain, actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss, and founder member of the Stonewall Group and former policy director of the Terrence Higgins Trust Lisa Power.

On its premier, My Night With Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic.

The comedy is set in London’s gay community in the mid-1980s, against the back drop of the mounting AIDS crisis. Robert Hastie’s production stars Julian Ovenden as John, Matt Bardock as Benny, Jonathan Broadbent as Guy, Richard Cant as Bernie, Lewis Reeves as Eric and Geoffrey Streatfeild as Daniel.

Award-winning playwright Kevin Elyot, best known for the play, died in June, aged 62. He often explored gay issues in his plays and films, passed away after a long illness.