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City Lit Theatre Company presents The Laramie Project

Story added 4th Feb 2019

The Laramie Project poster

The City Lit Theatre Company presents The Laramie Project

Directed by Vernon Thompson


In 1998, 21 year old Matthew Shepard was savagely tortured and beaten to death for being gay. This moving play revisits the reaction to Matthew’s horrific homophobic murder and reveals how it precipitated the American campaign for legislation against gay hate crimes led by Matthew’s family and friends and activists, signed into US federal law by President Obama in 2009.

Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

This new production, directed by Vernon Thompson, is presented against a backdrop of a rise in hate crimes in London and the UK in recent years, reminding us that the fight against hate crimes is ongoing. This production is part of City Lit’s centenary programme  and counts as as one of the primary London LGBTQ events of 2019.  For 100 years, City Lit has welcomed Londoners from all walks of life and from every background, looking to try something new and seeking to find their cultural expression. Over 30,000 Londoners choose a course at City Lit every year.


Thursday 4 April 19:30
Friday 5 April 19:30
Saturday 6 April 14:30
Saturday 6 April 19:30

£12 general and £8 concessions.
Ticket price includes a drink - bookings via Eventbrite >

Zoe Bond; Roxanne Cavanagh;  Nicky Cheung; Adam Hasyim Cranfield; Deborah Hawkes; Joshua Lawson; Jenna Lewis; Okus Milsom; Arash Nouri; Andrea Paul; Jaki Quinn; Christian Rudolf;  Pavel Steiner; Kat Taylor Smith;  Elliot Van der Hyde; Paul Woof

Director: Vernon Thompson
Technical Manager: Lucy Ellis
Assistant Director:  Jordan Moffatt

The Laramie Project poster