Following rave reviews, the 2022 Olivier Nominated Cruise returns to the West End for a strictly limited run at the Apollo Theatre. Book now!

About the show

Cruise - February 29th, 1988. Soho, London.

'A tour de force, the toast of the town' (The Telegraph)

Recently nominated for the 2022 Oliver Award for Best New Play and following rave reviews, Cruise returns to the West End for a strictly limited run.

CRUISE is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth.

When Michael is diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he’s told he’ll have four years to live. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner, Dave, decide to sell their house, flog the car, spend everything they have and party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has left, fucking anything with a pulse, and drowning himself in drink and drugs.

On the last night of his four year countdown - the 29th February, 1988 - Michael decides to go out with a bang. He puts on his favourite jacket, heads for Soho, and embarks on a long night of farewells. He says his goodbyes to friends, enemies and strangers; old haunts, dive bars, cafes, clubs and pubs; his brothers, sisters, allies and exes. He dances, sings, and says yes to everything and everyone. Then, with all his affairs taken care of, Michael promptly… survives.

Based on a true story and centred on one night in Soho, CRUISE is a celebration of queer culture; a kaleidoscopic musical and spoken word tribute to the veterans of the AIDs crisis; an urgent piece of theatre, with an irresistible 80s soundtrack, which will make you laugh, cry, and which inspires us all to live every day as if it’s our last.

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Booking Info

Saturday 13 August – Sunday 4 September

Show Times
Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 4pm
Sunday, 7pm
Please note:
Friday 2 September, 5.30pm & 8pm
Sunday 4 September, 4pm

Ticket Pricing

Tickets From £15

Prices include a £1.50 restoration levy

Running Time

1hr 40mins no interval

Age Recommendation


This production contains Adult Themes including references to Self-Harm

Book Tickets

In Person

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ


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