Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey, stars of the National Theatre’s upcoming staging of Angels in America in London, believe the AIDS-themed play is as relevant as ever.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Tony Kushner is set at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
Garfield feels passionately that young people especially should see this play which is currently in previews and opens on 4 May.
‘[Gay men in the 80s] fought a political system that wasn’t supporting them nor saving their lives in order for a new generation of gay men to live and be free,’ he tells Gay Times.
The epidemic had claimed over 230,000 lives in the US alone, by the time the play first debuted in 1993.
The openly gay Tovey hopes this production of the play will help people step back and realize the impact of all that was lost.
‘Just think of how many people wouldn’t have died, and how many plays [would have been] written or songs made. A huge wedge of creative people were just wiped out,’ he tells the magazine.
Below is a behind-the-scenes video of Tovey and Garfield doing the magazine cover shoot.