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Boys' Life transfers to the King's Head Theatre

Boy's Life

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN ACCLAIMED production of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated American play Boys’ Life, by Howard Korder, is transferring to the King’s Head Theatre following a sold-out run at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden.

A one-act drama, Boys’ Life runs for four weeks from Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 23, 2013, playing on Sundays and Mondays only.

Transporting audiences back to the sexy, ‘in vogue’ days of 1988 in New York, when the western economy and capitalism where riding high, Boys’ Life tells the hilarious story of three former college pals, making it big in the city and with the women of their desires.

It highlights how, in a fast changing world of sexual politics, a group of twenty-something American lads get caught in a state of arrested development and struggle with the concept of the “new man”.

Korder, currently a writer and Executive Producer of the hit Sky Atlantic show Boardwalk Empire, was nominated for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize when he penned Boy’s Life, about the “battle of the sexes”.

A quarter of a century later, Sebastien Blanc’s revival of Boys’ Life, specially commissioned by 11:11 Productions, takes a look back in time to relationships between the sexes when the going is good, and asks: has austerity changed the patterns or are they still the same?

Sebastien Blanc directs a cast that includes Anna Brooks-Beckman, Matthew Crowley, Charlotte Gascoyne, Luke Trebilcock, Abi Unwin-Smith, Kellie Jane Walters and Max Warrick.

Howard Korder is currently one of the world’s most poignant writers. As well as Boardwalk Empire, his play Search and Destroy was adapted into a film in 1995. He has also written the screenplays for The Passion of Ayn Rand and Lakeview Terrace.

Tickets: £11.50 – £19 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at

Times: 7.15pm, plus 3pm on Sunday, June 23.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Californian Lives, three powerful and moving monologues that lay bare the lives of three very different people and Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off.