RUSH play

Thank you for your interest in this performance. You can now see the recorded version of the streamed first read-through of RUSH on BBC iPlayer for free.

Watch RUSH on iPlayer

Provocative new queer comedy RUSH is set to be streamed online with an exclusive first reading of the script, following the postponement of a summer West End run.

The read-through takes place at 3pm on Friday 22 May 2020 and is followed by a Q&A with the cast and director. All the proceeds from this event will go towards supporting our important work.

RUSH stars Rupert Everett (Olivier Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated), Omari Douglas and Daniel Boyd. It's written by Willi Richards and directed by Joseph Winters.


RUSH is a witty and irreverent debut play, portraying a triangular relationship of three gay men. It's a debate play for anyone (whatever their gender or orientation) who has told a lie while in a relationship; to keep the peace, to make life easier, to protect people’s feelings or to uphold convention.

The play enraptured audiences during a short run at London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2018 and was set to open at Trafalgar Studios 2 in June for Pride month, but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This live stream is a great opportunity to see the cast encounter each other for the first time online, bringing to life a queer journey of romance, desire and infidelity… all from the comfort of your own home! Then you'll be able to quiz the cast and director in a Q&A following the performance.
Secure your seat today! Tickets start at just £15 and you'll receive your Zoom access code within 72 hours ahead of the performance.

Rupert Everett said: 'I am very excited to be reading this wonderful play in this difficult time and to be raising funds for the amazing Terrence Higgins Trust.'

Executive Producer Stephen Daldry said: 'Willi Richards has written a brilliant and provocative new play about the nature of love. Joseph Winters is among a new wave of young directors who will be changing our landscape when we are over this crisis. Rupert Everett is a theatrical force to be reckoned with. This is a new piece of work to shake us up.'

James Beeby of Terrence Higgins Trust said: 'The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have changed everything in just a few weeks but we’re thrilled to be teaming up with the creators of new play RUSH for this online reading. The money raised will ensure we can continue to be there for people living with HIV through our new At Home service offering a range of digital services, including free online counselling for people living with HIV.'

RUSH is the debut production from In a Rush Productions Ltd led by producer Roger James Elsgood and Willi Richards. The executive producer is Stephen Daldry.

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