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My Night With Reg

My Night With Reg

By Kevin Elyot
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424302, 104 pages, July 2014


Kevin Elyot's Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning comedy, My Night with Reg, defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic on its premiere at the Royal Court and in the West End.

At Guy's London flat, friends old and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, Kevin Elyot's play captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.

My Night With Reg was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1994, and went on to win the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy. This new edition was published alongside the first major revival of the play at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2014, directed by Robert Hastie. It includes introductions by Hastie, Roger Michell, who directed the premiere, and the Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst.


"Often desperately sad, it always glows with compassion and is brimming with effervescent humour."

- The Arts Desk

"An instant classic… a lovely, touching play about old friendships and sudden liaisons."

- WhatsOnStage

"A modern classic… wickedly funny as well as deeply affecting."

- Telegraph

"Laughter with a killer punchline."

- The Times

"Sad, funny… a beautifully observant study of friendship, longing and betrayal."

- Evening Standard

"A play of genius... sublimely moving, genuinely funny and exquisitely observed."

- Daily Mail

"Beautifully funny and achingly sad… what keeps the play from feeling like a period piece, irrespective of the advances in our understanding of HIV/AIDS, is its enduring grasp of human nature."

- Time Out