The Olivier Award-nominated play, Cruise, written and performed by Jack Holden, officially premiered in South Africa on Tuesday, December 6th, and will run for six performances only at Theatre Linden in Johannesburg from Tuesday, December 6th to Sunday, December 11th.


Presented by HIV@40 and starring Daniel Geddes, Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on earth. When diagnosed with HIV in 1984 , Michael is told he will have four years left to live. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car and spend everything and party like it is the last days of the world. 


This South African production of Cruise  is directed by Josh Lindberg, with original music by Roelof Colyn, set design by Wilhelm Disbergen, lighting by Jane Gosnell and produced by Colin Law with funding grants from the NAC, Department of Sports, Arts and Culture , PESP and AfroAsia Philanthropy (Thailand). 


Cruise stars the inimitable Daniel Geddes in the re-staging of the Jack Holden original work.


Director Josh Lindberg states; “I was immediately attracted to Cruise as a powerful story of acceptance of otherness. This play sits perfectly relevant here in South Africa, within our current time. Now more than ever (somewhat sadly) our world still has so much further to travel in terms of acceptance of all. To live every day like it is your last, in the present -This story can be related to individual stories and can find home with each of us.”


Performances from Tuesday – Saturday at 19h30, Sunday at 14h30.

Tickets are R200 and bookings are via Quicket. There is a 10% discount available for Pensioners and Students.


The production runs for 90 minutes with no interval. No under 16s.

“Joyful, painful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing, Cruise is an ode to the gay men who lived, loved and were lost during the Aids crisis” – The Guardian, UK

“Simply Electric… Immense and influential” – Broadway World


Images by Odette Putzier

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