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New York City, 1985. Rich (Steven Webb), a young writer who is beginning to find success, is breaking up with his longtime lover, Saul (David Poynor), a... Read More

Overview

New York City, 1985. Rich (Steven Webb), a young writer who is beginning to find success, is breaking up with his longtime lover, Saul (David Poynor), a... Read More

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

As Is

New York City, 1985. Rich (Steven Webb), a young writer who is beginning to find success, is breaking up with his longtime lover, Saul (David Poynor), a professional photographer. However, Rich's idyll with his new lover is short-lived when he learns that he has contracted the terrifying new disease AIDS and he returns to Saul for sanctuary as he awaits its slow and awful progress.

In a mosaic of brilliantly conceived short scenes, blending humour, poignance and dazzling theatricality, As Is captures the pathos of Rich's relationship with friends and family, the cold impersonality of the doctors and nurses who care for him and the widely diverse aspects of New York's gay community. This is a heartbreaking and unsparing examination of a deeply felt human relationship shattered by a mindless, destructive disease.

After a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre in 2013, William M. Hoffman's As Is now transfers to Trafalgar Studios with a stunning new cast and design. Using humour and sensitivity, As Is shatters the apathy and ignorance surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. Celebrating its 30th anniversary since first opening in New York, where it was hailed by critics as the most powerful play of the year, the significance and urgency of As Is has become even greater as more people than ever before are contracting HIV.

Steven Webb (House of Boys, The Inbetweeners, Betwixt) and David Poynor (The Tempest, Peter Pan, As Is) lead this stellar cast, reunited after appearing together in The History Boys at the Royal National Theatre in 2006/07.

**** ‘A beautifully wrought tale of love and Aids’
Time Out

**** ‘Superb, heart-rending revival. A uniformly excellent cast.’
The Stage

‘Funny, touching, intelligent and certainly worth booking a ticket for.’
The Huffington Post

***** ‘A really awesome piece of theatre. Their performance was outstanding in every respect.’
London Theatre1

*****  ‘Essential theatre that needs to be seen’
The New Current

***** ‘A humanity and endearing quality that lingers long after the production. It may only be 80 minutes but boy it packs a punch.’
West End Wilma

****½ ‘The revival that it deserves in a production that is both funny and poignant.’
The Public Reviews

**** ‘An absorbing portrayal of fear, love and tragedy. Webb is an excellent, intuitive actor’
British Theatre

As Is

There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.00 Transaction fee.

As Is Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it

Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0844 8717677, email trafalgarbox@trafalgarentertainment.com or visit the box office in person


Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.


For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 


The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall
London


SW1A 2DY


Directions

By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453


Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400

Security

ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority.  As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.

 

Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

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As Is Group Bookings

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Email: groupsales@theambassadors.com

Groups Booking line: 0333 009 5385 Calls charged at local rate.

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  • Easily amendable reservations
  • Reserve more than one show at once
  • No deposits required
  • Reservations are invoiced, and are easy for you to review and check before paying
  • Tickets posted free to your door
  • Pre-book hospitality packages

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All events are free and all are welcome to attend.

All events will start at approximately 9.15pm and last for approximately 30 - 40 minutes.

Free, confidential, rapid HIV testing will be offered by professionals of 56 Dean St after every Friday evening performance at Trafalgar Studios

Audiences are encouraged to graffiti the Trafalgar 2 auditorium walls with messages, names and memories of all those we have lost to AIDS. Please note that special pens have been provided in the auditorium to do this.

Thursday 2 July 2015
Q&A with director Andrew Keates

Director of As Is will be discussing reviving AS IS both at the Finborough Theatre and the Trafalgar Studios and the unique perspective of directing it once when he believed he was HIV- and now as a HIV+ HIV/AIDS campaigner and the current struggles that face those with HIV.

Saturday 4 July 2015
AIDS Plays: In conversation with Dr. Emily Garside with director of As Is, Andrew Keates and associate director Sarah Stephenson.
Dr. Emily Garside has a PHD in AIDS related plays. She joins director Andrew Keates and associate director Sarah Stephenson in an informal discussion as to the various historic pieces that have been written about the subject matter of HIV and AIDS and the parallels with other theatrical works.

Monday 6 July 2015
In Conversation with Paul Gambaccini

Paul Gambaccini, best known for being a DJ, music mogul and broadcaster talks about his experiences of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s and how it affected his friends and colleagues in the entertainment/music industry, including Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett and many other irreplaceable loses during those impossible times. He also discusses his involvement in the foundation of the Terrence Higgins Trust, his unique perspective of AIDS hitting America before it hit the UK and the realities of HIV and AIDS today.

Tuesday 7 July 2015
Real Pride: In Conversation with Jonathan Blake

Jonathan Blake was one of the first people to be diagnosed in London with HIV back in 1982. He worked as a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust, Food Chain and Lighthouse for many years and was the face of THT’s first ever poster campaign. During the 80s he was also involved with the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. He is the inspiration for the character played by Dominic West in the recent film ‘Pride’. Jonathan will be recounting his experiences as a man living with HIV from the 1980s until the present day.

Wednesday 8 July 2015
Cast and Crew Q&A: As Is, As Was, As Is Again

The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today.

Friday 10 July 2015
Post performance discussion: ‘ChemSex’ trends at 56 Dean Street

David Stuart will be hosting a discussion about ChemSex, the recreational use of drugs for sex, which is associated with multiple HIV risks for gay Londoners. David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, supporting patients whose recreational drug use impacts their sexual and general health. David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, a series of events that employs cinema, art, live performance to engage local populations in dialogue and action around controversial topics that impact sexual and general wellbeing.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

Tuesday 14 July 2015
Bent Plays:
In Conversation with Martin Sherman
Martin Sherman is an iconic playwright, perhaps best known for his groundbreaking gay plays including Bent – the first play to explore homosexuality within German concentration camps. Martin will be discussing if LGBT plays affect the gay community and his own experiences as a gay man throughout so many decades of change. The Q&A will also include cast member Steven Webb and director Andrew Keates.

Wednesday 15 July 2015
Real Pride:  In Conversation with Jonathan Blake

Jonathan Blake was one of the first people to be diagnosed in London with HIV back in 1982. He worked as a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust, Food Chain and Lighthouse for many years and was the face of THT’s first ever poster campaign. During the 80s he was also involved with the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. He is the inspiration for the character played by Dominic West in the recent film ‘Pride’. Jonathan will be recounting his experiences as a man living with HIV from the 1980s until the present day.

Thursday 16 July 2015
In Conversation with Paul Gambaccini

Paul Gambaccini, best known for being a music mogul, DJ and broadcaster talks about his experiences of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s and how it affected his friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry, including Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett and many other irreplaceable loses during those impossible times. He also discusses his involvement in the foundation of the Terrence Higgins Trust, his unique perspective of AIDS hitting America before it hit the UK and the realities of HIV and AIDS today.

Friday 17 July 2015
Post performance discussion with Joe Phillips: How 56 Dean Street addresses HIV trends amongst communities most at risk.

Joe Phillips started his nursing career as a ward nurse on the Department of Infectious Diseases at North Manchester Hospital. He then worked as a BBV specialist nurse at the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he first developed an interest in HIV/hepatitis C co-infection. After working with the hepatitis team at North Manchester he moved to London for a position at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2013. Joe currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at 56 Dean Street & Dean Street Express, where he has continued to develop his interest in HIV/hepatitis C co-infection, particularly amongst gay men and in relation to the use of drugs for sex.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

Saturday 18 July 2015
David Stuart and Dorota Mucha – HIV Today

David Stuart and Dorota Mucha will be hosting a post-performance discussion about the current issues experienced by gay men 30 years into an HIV epidemic; enjoying sex, dating and relationships amid a climate of normalised ChemSex trends, HIV stigma, and modern technologies guiding our sex lives.”

Dorota Mucha is a psychosexual therapist, specialising in individuals and couples therapy, and has worked extensively with gay men on issues including sober sex,, intimacy and diverse relationships, as well as the impact HIV might have on an individual or couple.

David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, supporting patients whose recreational drug use impacts their sexual and general health. David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, that supports local communities to experience better general and sexual wellbeing.

Monday 20 July 2015
Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Aids! A discussion with Dan Glass, Lynette Destiny and the new wave of Act Up - London
Dan Glass is an award-winning activist, academic, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth and a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. His recent programmes involve MC'ing Shafted?! a speakeasy led by people with HIV, and the Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage's boozer. Dan founded the new chapter of Act-Up London (Aids Coalition To Unleash Power) which has led to high-profile actions such as the manure-dumping What goes around comes around - solidarity on World Aids Day which led to the closing down of UKIP's London office and the recent Act-Up For Love rally in Trafalgar Square. Dan will be joined by other members of Act-Up London and director of the production, Andrew Keates.

Tuesday 21 July 2015
GMFA: Better Choices. Better Health. Great Sex. In discussion with Matthew Hodson.
GMFA was founded in 1992, to ensure that HIV prevention met the needs of gay men - the people who were most likely to be affected in the UK. GMFA works with hundreds of volunteers, most of them gay men, to produce frank and often sexy campaigns and information for gay men, using the same language that we use in conversation with each other. GMFA delivers hard-hitting campaigns and information resources, including FS magazine and our sexual health website which provides information to more than 1m visitors every year. Matthew Hodson will be discussing the work of GMFA and the current challenges that lie ahead of us.

Wednesday 22 July 2015
Cast and Crew Q&A: As Is, As Was, As Is Again

The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today.

Thursday 23 July 2015
AIDS Plays – In conversation with Dr. Emily Garside with director of As Is, Andrew Keates.
Dr. Emily Garside has a PHD in AIDS related plays. She joins director Andrew Keates in an informal discussion as to the various historic pieces that have been written about the subject matter of HIV and AIDS and the parallels with other theatrical works.

Friday 24 July 2015
Post performance discussion with Jake Jenkins: Using style, modern technologies and community outreach to address current HIV trends.

Jake Jenkins is a Nurse Practitioner specialised in sexual health and HIV care. Jake is the Lead Nurse for LGBT Services at 56 Dean Street. He has been involved in organizing innovative events and new services with a focus on improving patient experience. Jake provided patient engagement and clinical management of the Dean Street Express project.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

Saturday 25 July 2015
David Stuart – HIV Today

David Stuart will be hosting a post-performance discussion about the current issues experienced by gay men 30 years into an HIV epidemic; enjoying sex, dating and relationships amid a climate of normalised ChemSex trends, HIV stigma, and modern technologies guiding our sex lives.

David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, supporting patients whose recreational drug use impacts their sexual and general health. David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, that supports local communities to experience better general and sexual wellbeing.

Tuesday 28 July 2015
Women and HIV – In conversation with Silvia Petretti

Silvia Petretti is a woman living with HIV and an advocate for the human rights of people living with HIV. She was diagnosed in 1997 has been openly living with HIV since 2005, believing it is a powerful way to challenge the stigma and prejudice around HIV. In her professional life, Silvia is Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Positively UK, a leading provider of peer support to people living with HIV, as well as current chair of the UK Community Advisory Board, the network for community HIV treatment advocates. Silvia will join director Andrew Keates and cast member Natalie Burt discussing how HIV affects millions of women worldwide.

For more information about Silvia and her work, please visit: https://hivpolicyspeakup.wordpress.com

Wednesday 29 July 2015
Cast and Crew Q&A: As Is, As Was, As Is Again

The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today.

Thursday 30 July
Lisa Power MBE

Lisa Power has been involved with HIV since before it had a name. She volunteered at London's Gay Switchboard from 1979 to 1994, the helpline that was central to the early gay community response to AIDS. She went on to work with community groups developing HIV services and eventually became the Policy Director for Terrence Higgins Trust. Lisa was also a founder member of the Stonewall Group and the first out gay person to speak at the United Nations on behalf of gay rights. She will be discussing the early response to HIV in the UK and the role of LGBT communities in that, compared to now.

Friday 31 July 2015
Post performance discussion With Leigh Chislett and David Stuart (56 Dean Street).
Leigh Chislett will be discussing his work as a nurse on the busy and emotionally challenging HIV wards after arriving in London in 1985

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

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