Cruise – Apollo Theatre (2022)





February 29th, 1988, Soho


A one-man masterpiece” (Evening Standard)


Nominated for the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Cruise returned to London’s West End for a limited run following its sell-out season at the Duchess Theatre in 2021.


Performed and created by Jack Holden, Cruise is “an emotional rollercoaster without ever once losing its hold on your attention” (Evening Standard), featuring a “pulse-quickening, period-pastiche electro soundtrack” (The Telegraph) performed live by John Patrick Elliott.


Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth. When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is 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, and spend everything they have to party like it’s the last days of Rome.


Cruise is “The most breath-taking piece of theatre in 2022” (Harriet Thorpe)

Written and Performed by
Jack Holden

Music Composed and Performed by
John Patrick Elliott

Stand-by Performer
Aaron Douglas



Director – Bronagh Lagan 

Set and Costume Design – Nik Corrall 

Set and Projection Design – STUFISH Entertainment Architects

Lighting Designer – Prema Mehta 

Sound Design – John Patrick Elliott and Max Pappenheim 

Movement Director – Sarah Golding

Additional Casting – Jane Deitch

Production Manager – James Anderton

PR – About Grace PR

Marketing – Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson

Digital Marketing – SINE Digital

Social Media – Sophie Ross

Sales Director – Martin Barrow

Production Coordinator – Ollie Hancock

General Manager and Assistant Producer – Chris Matanlé

Producer – Lambert Jackson

Producer – Aria Entertainment

Photography by Pamela Raith