Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios

London theatre news: Thursday 23 May 2019

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Casting has been announced for Michael Dennis's debut play - Dark Sublime - coming to the West End's Trafalgar Studios from 25 June.
Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios

Image: Trafalgar Studios

Directed by Andrew Keates (As Is and Dessa Rose, Trafalgar Studios), Dark Sublime boldly explores the complexities of relationships, especially in the LGBTQ community.

The play will be at Trafalgar Stduios from 25 June to 3 August 2019.

The debut play by Michael Dennis is a theatrical love-letter to British sci-fi television which examines the feeling of belonging that comes with finding your place among the outcasts.

Fans will do anything for their heroes, but what if your biggest fan is your closest companion?

Considering what later life is like for older gay women as well as the next generation, the piece contrasts bittersweet lived experiences with real humour.

Full casting has now been announced ...

Joining Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as she makes her West End debut are theatre titans Jacqueline King (Doctor Who, BBC; Spring Storm, National Theatre) and Simon Thorp (Hard Sun, BBC; Royal Shakespeare Company), esteemed actor and LQBTQ+ campaigner Sophie Ward (Young Sherlock Holmes, Amblin Entertainment; Jane Eyre, BBC Films) alongside one of the most exciting up and coming UK actors Kwaku Mills (good dog, UK Tour; The End of Eddy, UK Tour).

Stage and screen star Mark Gatiss (Sherlock and League of Gentlemen, BBC; The Madness of George III, Nottingham Playhouse) will be lending his voice to the part of Kosley, a hysterical talking computer, in this world premiere of Dark Sublime.

Director Andrew Keates commented ...

"I'm so glad to be coming home to Trafalgar Studios after having such an extraordinary time directing both As Is and Dessa Rose.

Now we bring a brand new play from a debut playwright that gives a stage for mature women and modern LGBT issues with a cast that is truly out of this world."

Show listing information


Oli arrives at the door of Marianne, a now-forgotten sci-fi TV icon, impatient to make an impression, to make a friend.

Marianne, a jobbing actress, knows about waiting - for the phone to ring, for her best friend to see her differently, for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show.

He wants an autograph; she doesn't want anything from him - or so she thinks.

Yet as they start to explore each other's worlds, they begin to discover what every good relationship needs: time and space.

Exploring the complexities of relationships, especially in the LGBTQ community, and the contrast in lived experiences across generations, Michael Dennis has crafted a story that is as much about joy and heartbreak as it is about quarries and transmat beams.


Marianne - Marina Sirtis

Kosley - Mark Gatiss

Kate - Jacqueline King

Oli - Kwaku Mills

Bob/Vykar - Simon Thorp

Suzanne - Sophie Ward


Author: Michael Dennis
Composer: Matthew Strachan
Director: Andrew Keates
Designer: Tim McQuillen-Wright
Lighting: Neil Brinkworth
Sound: Sarah Weltman
Video designer: Sara Hutchinson
Production: Jamie Chapman Dixon and Piers Cottee-Jones for Rigmarole Productions in association with Arion Productions and M.Green Productions


Trafalgar Studios - Trafalgar Studio 2
14 Whitehall


From: Tuesday 25 June 2019

Closed: Saturday 3 August 2019


Standard: From £32


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