Coming Clean at the King’s Head Theatre: First night review by Stephen Vowles

Having recently seen both My Night with Reg and Twilight Song, also written by the late Kevin Elyot, it’s clearly evident that his play Coming Clean contains some strong autobiographical elements. Coming Clean is about three relationships and the fabulous play on words is whether you ‘come clean’ when you have broken the rules set up at the start of a particular relationship. The casting of this play is stunning with all four actors having a phenomenal grasp on the material. The play is also set in the early 80s and director Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s attention to detail and the pace of the play is perfect.  Lee Knight as Tony is extraordinary and the verbal tennis matches that ensues with his lover Greg played by Jason Nwoga are polished, provocative, sexual and immensely powerful. Elyot also explored the majesty of manipulation. When Robert comes into the story, played by a very handsome Tom Lambert, the first part of this relationship triangle that involves many twists and turns unfolds and the play becomes edge of the seat stuff. Elliot Hadley as William (and then a minor character at the end Jurgen) is extremely watchable having a terrific range to him, switching from comedy to tragedy at the drop of a hat. This is an explosive and fantastic look at gay life and should be seen. Simply sensational!


Coming Clean runs to 26th August at the King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper St, London N1 1QN. Box office 020 7226 8561.

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