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Quentin Crisp : Naked Hope at the Arts Theatre

  • Arts Theatre Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street London, England, WC2H 7JB United Kingdom (map)
 Mark Farrelly as Quentin Crisp (Photograph: Mark Farrelly)

Mark Farrelly as Quentin Crisp (Photograph: Mark Farrelly)

Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable public figures of the twentieth century. Flamboyantly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on the streets of London, but stayed resolute to his determination to be himself. After achieving fame when portrayed by John Hurt in The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin became an international treasure.

Naked Hope depicts Quentin at two phases of his extraordinary life: alone in his Chelsea flat in the 1960s, stoically certain that life has passed him by (“I’ve come to the end of my personality”) and thirty years later, giving a performance of his legendary one-man show An Evening with Quentin Crisp in New York. Packed with witty gems on everything from cleaning (“Don’t bother…after the first four years the dirt won’t get any worse”) to marriage (“Is there life after marriage? The answer is no”), Naked Hope is a gloriously uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity to be yourself.

The performance is in support of Galop, London’s leading anti-LGBT hate crime charity, and Pride in London 2017. Copies of the script of Naked Hope will be available after the performance.

**** Time Out "Farrelly's mastery of his audience is total"
**** Metro
****The Stage
****British Theatre Guide

There is also a performance of Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope at the Jermyn Street Theatre on Sunday 9 July.




  • Accessible toilets
  • Not assistance dog friendly
  • No BSL interpretation
  • Not fully accessible
  • No induction loop
  • No speech to text


  • Under £20
  • Not family friendly
  • Meet and greet
  • Over 18s only

    When you're there

    • No gender neutral toilets
    • May be alcohol
    • No crowds
    • May be flashing lights
    • May be loud noises

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