A Single Man
Based On The Book By Christopher Isherwood, Adapted By Simon Reade

About This Project


“I make myself remember. I am afraid of forgetting. I will have to forget if I want to go on living.”


California, 1962. College professor George is grieving the death of his long-term partner Jim. As a middle-aged gay Englishman living in the Los Angeles suburbs, he is an outsider in every way. Haunted by his past and unable to move forward, we follow him on one very ordinary day. But for George, this is going to be a day like no other…


A Single Man features in The Guardian’s 100 Best Novels Written in English, where it is described as ‘a work of compressed brilliance.’ Known to many through Tom Ford’s film, Christopher Isherwood’s masterpiece is now given a wry and compassionate retelling in Simon Reade’s new adaptation for the stage. Powerful and sexy, A Single Man is a darkly amusing study of grief, love and loneliness from the celebrated writer of Goodbye to Berlin, the inspiration for Cabaret.


Supported by the Backstage Trust and the Stage One Small Scale Commercial Investment Scheme.


Nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Set Design.


Reviews for A Single Man at Park Theatre:
★★★★ ‘Isherwood’s tale impresses on stage… a strong ensemble… glorious.’ Clive Davis, The Times CRITICS’ PICK OF THE WEEK
★★★★ ‘Truly piercing… poignantly effective and witty adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s iconic 1964 novel about love, loss and loneliness.’ Tom Wicker, The Stage
★★★★ ‘Philip Wilson directs the versatile cast with admirable discretion.’ Neil Norman, Daily Express
★★★★ ‘This beautifully presented play… Fraser Steele is perfect in this role… dynamic and moving.’ Phillip Money, The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ ‘This impressive dramatisation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel… an absorbing, thoughtful, uplifting spiritual journey.’ David Bridle, Boyz Magazine





Caitlin Abbott

Lighting Designer:

Peter Harrison

Sound Designer & Composer:

Movement Director:

Natasha Harrison

Production Manager:


Olivia Darnley, Theo Fraser Steele, Freddie Gaminara, Miles Molan, Phoebe Pryce


Park Theatre


19 October - 26 November 2022