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Queer West End show The Inheritance nominated for eight Olivier Awards

Queer West End show The Inheritance nominated for eight Olivier Awards

The Inheritance play performing on-stage

UK play The Inheritance which features LGBTI-themes, has been nominated for eight Olivier Awards.

The nominations were announced today (5 March) ahead of the awards ceremony due to take place on 7 April.

Moreover, the critically acclaimed drama, penned by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry, is up for best new play.

While Daldry himself is nominated for best director.

The list goes on

Additionally, Kyle Soller, who played lead character Eric Glass, landed a nomination for best actor.

Vanessa Redgrave received a nomination for best actress in a supporting role.

Carrying on the streak comes nominations for best lighting designer, best sound design, best set design and outstanding achievement in music.

What is the play about?

Topping nearly seven hours, The Inheritance ran at London’s Young Vic and Noël Coward Theatres.

The novel Howards End by E. M. Forster inspired it.

The play focused on a group of gay men living in present-day New York; one generation on from the AIDS epidemic.

Is this ‘loss’?

Director Lopez described the play to The Telegraph as an attempt to bridge the generational gap and the resulting ‘loss’.

He said: ‘Kids I have met are aware of their right to a place in the world, their right to dignity.

‘Yet there is also a sense of loss for something that they can’t articulate.

‘A loss that’s due to earlier generations being in the closet and then a huge section of the community dying of AIDS in the eighties and early nineties.

‘If I had a goal for this play, it was to foster a conversation between generations.’

LGBTI theater

Live theater – and especially musicals – have a long history with the LGBTI community.

From Spring Awakening to Cabaret and Hedwig to Bare, the theater has long felt like a welcome place.

New York City and London especially have a track record for pro-LGBTI theatre.

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