Following a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at Trafalgar Studios in 2016, and in 59E59 Theaters Brits Off Broadway Season in New York, Jon Brittain's Olivier award winning Rotterdam comes to The Arts Theatre this Spring.
Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man.
It's New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, Fiona reveals that he has always identified as male and now wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as Adrian confronts the reality of his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she'd ask... does this mean she's straight?
The Olivier award winning bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home from writer Jon Brittain, writer of What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).
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★★★★★ 'Sharply observed, moving and very funny' - WhatsOnStage
★★★★ 'Jon Brittain’s beautifully structured comedy about gender and sexuality blends the laugh-out-loud funny and the dab-you-eyes tender. Very funny, very human, very touching, very entertaining. Wonderful.' - The Times
★★★★★ 'Engaging and exhilarating. If Rotterdam was a sitcom, and it should be, I would binge watch the boxset.' - Diva Magazine
This show is unlike any I've seen before. Each character is so well thought out and you are able to relate to each and every one of them. The music also matches the emotions of each scene extremely well. The story is such a moving one and so well told through the eyes of these different characters. Definitely worth going to see!
Fantastic play. Thought-provoking, emotional, funny, very well acted. No wonder they received a standing ovation last night. My only criticism is that it makes Rotterdam seem like a place you can want to get away from - but it's a lovely city!
I don't think it would be possible to enjoy this more. A timely peice (in a way I'm glad I missed it last year) which talks about the complex mixture of gender and sexual identity. Never before had I truly understood the wide reaching implications of coming out as transgender, and how it differs so markedly from coming out regarding sexuality. Anna Martine was tremendous as Fiona/Adrian - and was so talented and both identities were utterly convincing. One scene in the second half left me sobbing (if you've seen it you'll know which one), and that continued to the very end. It's probably a good job it's only showing for a few more days or I'd be back for more.
This play has everything - mirth, moving moments and messages - all acted by a marvellous cast. Highly recommended.
A humane, unusual, beautiful love story that makes you think about what it means to be a unique human being and the sacrifices we all make to fit in social boxes.
84 Long Lane, London SE1 4AU
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
130 minutes including 20 minute interval
How Does It Work
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When Can I Go
Wednesday 21 June - Saturday 15 July
Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night Thursday 22nd June 7pm
Where Do I Go
Arts Theatre: 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2 H7JB
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square, take the Cambridge Circus exit (Exit 3). The theatre is the first street on the right.