Beautiful Thing

by Jonathan Harvey

Suranne Jones stars in the acclaimed 20th anniversary West End production of Jonathan Harvey's seminal play.

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Fighting? I've been fighting all me life. 

The acclaimed 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's landmark play.

Directed by Nikolai Foster and with designs by Colin Richmond, the production stars Suranne Jones, Zaraah Abrahams and Oliver Farnworth, with Jake Davies and Danny-Boy Hatchard as Jamie and Ste.

Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead council estate, Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah (Zaraah Abrahams).

Jonathan Harvey deftly combines comedy with ardent drama in his critically acclaimed, award-winning play, and truly captures what it is to be sixteen and in the first full flush of love.


Beautiful Thing at the Arts still makes you want to sing with joy 20 years on. Small, but with a big bruised heart... this generous optimistic play remains a beautiful thing. 


Nikolai Foster's terrific and gutsy revival. 

Time Out

As poignant and as wonderful as it ever was. Go and see it, see it again. And again. 

Gay Times


Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York’s, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award.

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary year, Beautiful Thing was revived in the West End prior to touring to Liverpool Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Produced by Tom O'Connell for QNQ.

Captured live at the Arts Theatre, London in May 2013.

Production photography © Michael Lidbetter.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature and very strong language.

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Customer Comments

Wow, this was GREAT! Played very well and I certainly will be purchasing the play! I am a fan of the screenplay also from 1996, both are truly amazing!

Alejandro Sanchez, US

A superb play , wonderfully acted,very funny in places so moving in others.THIS IS A TRULY BEAUTIFUL THING!!!


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