My Night with Reg
My Night with Reg is a play by British playwright Kevin Elyot which was produced in 1994 by the Royal Court Theatre, London, directed by Roger Michell. The production later transferred to the West End.
Entirely set among London’s gay community in the mid-1980s against the background of the mounting AIDS crisis, My Night with Reg follows the ups and downs of a circle of gay friends over a period of several years. One of the group, the Reg mentioned in the title, is not a character in the play but the whole plot revolves around his apparent promiscuity and the chain reaction of deception and betrayal set off by it.
All three scenes are set in the sitting room of Guy’s London apartment: during Guy’s flatwarming party (Scene 1); after Reg’s funeral, some years later (Scene 2); and after Guy’s funeral (Scene 3).
The group, most of them in their thirties, meet at irregular intervals, often at Guy’s place. Guy himself is a lonely man. Ever since their university days, he has had a crush on John, but he has never dared to tell him about it. Rather, he lives a solitary life, which he only spices up with phone sex and an occasional visit to a gay pub—that is where he meets 18-year-old Eric, who then helps him decorate his new flat. On holiday on the island of Lanzarote, he meets a gay man who eventually forces himself on Guy and has unprotected sex with him—the last thing Guy has been looking for. At his flat warming party, he has just come back from his holiday and is still quite shocked about what happened. It is hard for him not to start crying when, as a present, John gives him a cookery book specialising in dishes for one.
The most popular of the gay circle is Reg, who is conspicuously absent from the party. Reg has had a long-term relationship with Daniel, but Daniel himself suspects Reg of occasionally being unfaithful to him. In fact Reg seems to be sleeping with every man he can get hold of (as it seems, even with the vicar). In the course of the play, John, Benny and even his seemingly faithful companion Bernie have secret sex with Reg. Ironically, they all confide in Guy. It hurts Guy most to hear that John — whom he himself fancies — is having an affair with Reg, thus betraying their mutual friend Daniel. After his fling with Reg, Benny panics because he thinks he might have contracted HIV, but he does not confess it to his partner, Bernie.
When Reg is dying from AIDS, he is looked after by his partner, Daniel. Ironically again, the next one to die is Guy, the only one who has not had sex with Reg and who seems to have been infected with HIV when he was raped during his holiday in Lanzarote. Guy bequeaths his new flat to the love of his life, John who does not need it at all because he comes from a rich background. It is John who, somewhere in the flat, finds all kinds of memorabilia dating back to their student days.
Jun 03, 1997 – Jul 26, 1997
Intar Theatre NYC
Jan 18, 2015 – Apr 11, 2015
Apollo Theatre London
Cast Off Broadway 1997
Ron Bagden – Guy
David Cale – Bernie
Maxwell Caulfield – John
Edward Hibbert – Daniel
Joseph Siravo – Benny
Sam Trammell – Eric
Cast London 2015
Julian Ovenden, Matt Bardock, Jonathan Broadbent, Richard Cant, Lewis Reeves, Geoffrey Streatfeild
Creative West End
Author – Kevin Elyot
Director – Robert Hastie
Producer – Arielle Tepper Madover and Eleanor Lloyd Productions in association with Nica Burns.
Lighting Designer – Paul Pyant
Sound – Gregory Clarke
Creative Off Broadway
Eric Becker – Costume Designer
Boneau / Bryan-Brown – Press Representative
Claudia Catania – Executive Producer
Scott Elliott – Artistic Director
Beverly Emmons – Lighting Designer
Gregory Fletcher – Production Stage Manager
Lisa Goldsmith – Managing Director
New Group – Producer
Michael Hartman – Press Representative
Jack Hofsiss – Director
Colleen Hughes – Press Representative
Stephen Pitalo – Press Representative
Kevin Price – Scenic Designer
Raymond D. Schilke – Sound Designer
Awards and Nominations
- 1994 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
- 1994 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Fringe Play
- 1995 Olivier Award for Best Comedy
- 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival
- ^ “Recent Awards”. Royal Court Theatre. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- Elyot, Kevin (1994). My Night with Reg (First ed.). London: Nick Hern Books; Royal Court Theatre. ISBN 1-85459-272-6.
- My Night with Reg at the Internet off-Broadway Database