Evening Standard theatre critic Nick de Jongh’s play Plague Over England is set to transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre on February 11.
The story is based on the 1953 arrest of John Gielgud in a Chelsea public toilet and explores homophobic attitudes in British society during the fifties.
Plague Over England, which opened at the Finborough Theatre in March, is currently booking for a limited season until May 16. It is directed by Tamara Harvey and produced by Bill Kenwright. Casting is yet to be announced.
De Jongh’s play will replace Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, which is set to close on February 7, following the 50th anniversary of the death of the rock’n’roll singer.