Are you doing justice to the inheritance left to you by generations gone by? Are you leaving behind an inheritance worthy of generations to come by? These are the eternal questions that ‘The Inheritance’ deals with as it follows the journey of three generations of gay men in New York. A brilliant retelling of E.M.Forster’s Howards End, ‘The Inheritance’ has already won 4 Oliviers! Don’t miss out on the ‘Best American Play of the decade’ coming to Ethel Barrymore Theatre this November!
The Inheritance: About The Show
The Inheritance is a two-part play with each part running into more than three hours. The magnum opus is inspired from E.M. Forster’s Howards End but has also been likened to Angels in America. The play is written by Matthew Lopez who is known for his works – The Whipping Man, Somewhere, Reverberation, and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Inheritance has been extraordinarily directed for the stage by Stephen Daldry who is known for his recent work having produced and directed the Netflix special ‘The Crown’. He has a fantastic record of having directed plays like Billy Elliot the Musical, An Inspector Calls, The Audience and movies like the Hours, The Reader, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Inheritance has already garnered critical acclaim and audience adulation during its stint at West End. It has also swept the 2019 Laurence Olivier Awards and won for Best New Play, Best Actor (Kyle Soller), Best Director, and Best Lighting Design (Jon Clark). The play has struck a chord with audiences of several generations who find themselves delving into their own familial histories and connection with inheritances. The Inheritance deals with the lives of gay New Yorkers over decades and the way each generation dealt with the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The inter-generational issues and challenges of how these men learnt to cope with loss, life and love. Watch this once in a lifetime show that is playing this fall!
The Inheritance: Broadway Story
The Inheritance borrows the structure and premise of the story from E.M. Forster’s Howards End. The Part 1 of the play follows the journey of a young gay New Yorker, Eric Glass, who finds himself propagating left-leaning ideologies and aiming for a cultured idyllic life. He is in a relationship with long time partner, Toby, who is a narcissist novelist working towards converting it into a script. They both live in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment, which Eric inherited from his family. This is just one of the first ‘inheritances’ showcased in the play.
Eric and Toby discuss marriage but their life is peppered with people walking in and out of their life. A new entrant to their life is Adam, who is an actor working in the play written by Toby. Toby finds himself drawn to Adam, and that’s where the trouble starts to foment. Part 1 is all about their relationship and how they navigate it.
Part 2 of Inheritance starts with Eric and Toby having different partners. Eric in the previous part had depended on Walter, who was a sick gay older man who helped him cope with the breakup from Toby. Since then, Walter has passed away but Eric is now involved with Henry, who was Walter’s partner. In this part, Eric has to deal with the inheritance of the property left to him by Walter, where Walter had helped out people suffering from HIV and AIDS. The rest of the play focuses on what Eric does with the inheritance and coming to terms with the suffering of the previous generations and figuring out his own legacy.
Suitable for ages 16 and up. No entry for children below age 4.
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The Inheritance Part 1 - Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Price - $49 onwards
The Inheritance Part 2 - Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Price - $49 onwards
The Inheritance was first performed at the Young Vic Theatre in March 2018. Following a successful run, it premiered at West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in September 2018. It is making its debut on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in November 2019.
2019 Laurence Olivier Awards for – Best New Play, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Lighting Design
The Inheritance Reviews
“To watch The Inheritance is to pass from engaged but detached interest into a realm of total absorption before arriving at a state of emotionally shattered but elated awe.”
- The Telegraph
“THE INHERITANCE is a towering testament to love, loss and hope that will leave you in floods of tears but also exhilarated at being part of a great moment in theatre history. Do not miss it.”
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