Wilton's

Presented by Seabright Productions

1st June . 7.30pm .
£19 – £22 full price, £17 – £20 concessions

Naked Hope is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself. Written and performed by Mark Farrelly, and directed by the legendary Linda Marlowe, who also directed Farrelly’s show The Silence of Snow.

“It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile, Be yourself no matter what they say.” – Lyric from An Englishman In New York, written by Sting about Quentin Crisp.

Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two distinct phases of his extraordinary life. Firstly, in the late 1960s in his filthy Chelsea flat.

“Don’t lose your nerve: after the first four years the dust won’t get any worse”

The second part of the play transitions the audience to New York in the 1990s. Here a much older Quentin, finally embraced by society, regales the audience with his sharply observed, hard-earned philosophy on how to have a lifestyle.

“Life will be more difficult if you try to become yourself. But avoiding this difficulty renders life meaningless. So discover who you are. And be it. Like mad!”


Written and performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe
Sound by Tom Lishman

Running time: approximately 75 minutes, with no interval

Wilton's has been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre's 'See It Safely' mark. The mark certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. Find out more here about what Wilton's has put in place ready for your visit, and what you will need to know beforehand.

They like it

  • An uncanny feat of resurrection…Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total.

    ****. Time Out

  • An elegant one-man memoir… a mannered and moving performance.

    ****. Metro

  • Riveting and hysterically funny… a fantastic production, and one which will stay with you long after the curtain call.

    ****. British Theatre Guide

  • Comes into his own… with his brilliant, dry, laconic wit.

    ****. The Stage

  • A masterclass

    ***** Broadway Baby

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