“A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance.”
McQueen is an unforgettable journey into the mind of British fashion’s most notorious and brilliant artist, Alexander McQueen.
McQueen (Stephen Wight) discovers a strange and beautiful girl (‘Dahlia’, played by Carly Bawden) lurking in the basement of his house. She says that she has been watching him from a tree in his garden for the last 11 nights. At first wary of this mysterious intruder, McQueen begins to believe that the girl might know him better than he knows himself. Together she and McQueen go on a wild trip through London at night, visiting the places and people (including fashion editor Isabella Blow, played by Tracy-Ann Oberman) that have shaped him, looking for redemption, love and, as always, inspiration.
McQueen is a new play by James Phillips (The White Whale, The Rubenstein Kiss, and City Stories), directed by John Caird (Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) with production design by David Farley, choreography by Christopher Marney, video design by Tim Bird, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by John Leonard, wigs design by Linda McKnight.
A revelatory insight into the fairytale imagination of one of Britain’s most iconic modern artists, this new production at The Theatre Royal Haymarket brings the poetic world of McQueen’s shows to life in all their wonder.
“Actors are able to play any character precisely because they themselves are completely deprived of it.”
“The audience goes to the theater to see the good performance of good plays, and not the play itself: you can read the play.”