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Coming Clean

Coming Clean

By Kevin Elyot
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848426849, 96 pages, July 2017


  • Winner, Samuel Beckett Award 1982


Tony and Greg have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship, with room for a little sex-on-the-side whenever it takes their fancy. Their only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice.

Then drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, and nobody plays by the rules.

Coming Clean was first seen at the Bush Theatre, London, in 1982. This edition was published alongside the thirty-fifth-anniversary production, headlining the King’s Head Theatre’s 2017 Queer Season, and directed by Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

Coming Clean is also available in the volume Kevin Elyot: Four Plays.


"Hilarious in its honesty and openness. .. funny and deeply human. " —Broadway World

"An honest and accurate depiction of gay lives before the blight of HIV and AIDS… the dialogue is explicit, naturalistic and very, very funny. " —WhatsOnStage

"A very funny and acute comedy about the gay life. " —Sunday Times

"In time, it will be recognised as the first mature play about homosexuality. " —Mail on Sunday