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Gently Down The Stream

By Martin Sherman
Directed by Sean Mathias
Designed by Lee Newby

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater in New York, Gently Down The Stream makes its UK Premiere at Park Theatre.

This passionate new play by Olivier and Tony-award nominee Martin Sherman makes its UK debut 40 years after his celebrated modern classic Bent, which subsequently became a major film directed by Olivier and Tony-award nominee Sean Mathias (No Man’s Land), who directs this production of Gently Down The Stream, marking Martin Sherman’s 80th birthday.

The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, a retired American pianist living in London, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau’s attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world.

However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men. Rufus has none of Beau’s doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century and as he assimilates himself into Beau’s past and present, Beau learns to embrace Rufus as one of the most defining relationships of his life.

As generations intertwine, Gently Down The Stream reveals the journey of gay history and celebrates the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.

"Martin Sherman's tender, funny and unconventional romance is directed with delicacy and grace by Sean Mathias" Variety

"Sherman's tender reflection on the contemporary freedoms of gay men and the painful struggles of the past that made them possible is shattering" Hollywood Reporter

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1 hour 40 mins, no interval.

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Suitable For Children

Age recommendation 14+



Mon – Sat Evening 19.30

Thu & Sat Matinees 15.00

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Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

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Finsbury Park is on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines (including the new weekend Night Tube) and is just 5 minutes from Kings Cross and 11 minutes from Oxford Circus.

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  • A performance full of emotions

    8 March 2019

    I thoroughly enjoyed Gently Down the Stream yesterday. I thought it was excellently scripted with memorable observations and some very funny moments which in no way detracted from the unfolding of a beautiful, heartfelt love story. The poignancy of the issues was brought out deftly and sensitively. The characters interacted so well and it was lovely to see this play in such an intimate venue. I will definitely look out for more plays here.

    Fran Confirmed ticket purchaser