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Lonely Planet

  • Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road London, England, W4 1LW (map)
 Lonely Planet at the Tabard Theatre (Photograph: Nikhil Singh and Leila Vibert-Stokes)

Lonely Planet at the Tabard Theatre (Photograph: Nikhil Singh and Leila Vibert-Stokes)

It’s the 1980’s in an unknown American city. Jody has been isolating himself from the world outside his shop. When Carl, a man with an unusually vivid imagination, and a frequent visitor to the store notices this, he starts bringing chairs into the shop to convince Jody to confront the fears which prevent him from leaving his store.

Lonely Planet is a heartfelt, funny and moving play that focuses on the friendship between Jody and Carl and shows an individual's struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma during the 80’s AIDS epidemic.

"Mr. Dietz is a graceful writer, able to set up and work outhis conceits with intelligent precision. And there is no ignoring the honest and troubled emotional core at the play's Center."-The New York Times

Please note : June 27th and June 28th are previews with tickets priced at £10. Price for all other performances £20 / £18 concessions.

Post-show Q&As
On June 30, July 04, 07 July, and 11 July there will be special post-show Q&As

June 30 - Jonathan Blake - Jonathan was amongst the first men to be diagnosed with HIV in the UK and has been living with HIV ever since. He was told he would die within 3 months and has survive for 35 years! 

July 04 - Dr Mike Youle - Clinical researcher specializing in HIV treatment and he’s the director of HIV clinical research at the royal free centre for HIV Medicine. He publicised the concept of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) for HIV and has studied the health economics of HIV therapy. Dr Michael Brady - Sexual health and HIV consultant at kings college hospital, where he is the clinical lead for sexual health services. He is also the medical director of Terrence Higgins Trust. Yusef Azad - Yusef works for the National Aids Trust (NAT) and is the Director of Strategy for their Policy & Campaigns team.

July 07 - Dr Christian Jessen - Medical advisor and weekly health column writer for the evening standard, Dr Jessen is the presenter of BAFTAward winning Embarrassing Bodied. 

July 11 - Angus Pelletier - Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, he was told he would die within 6 months. He has now survived for 30 years living with HIV.

£20 (£18 concessions)


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


  • Under £20
  • Family friendly
  • Meet and greet
  • Under 18s welcome

    When you're there

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