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The Inheritance at Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse

Why see The Inheritance?


Matthew Lopez's stunning two-part masterpiece finally makes its West Coast premiere this year following a triumphant, award-winning London run and a Broadway bow. A modern reimagining of E.M Forster's Howard's End, it follows three generations of gay men as they search for community and connection against the tumult of the AIDs crisis and social and political change. Highly acclaimed on its West End debut in 2018, it took home the Olivier Award for Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting and Best Actor.

With both parts running over three hours you can choose to see the production in one day or over consecutive evenings.

Only connect

It was 1983 when the specter of AIDS reared its head in New York's flourishing gay scene, causing worldwide panic and mistrust towards gay men. Now a whole generation has passed after the countless deaths caused by the cruel disease; Lopez's poignant and profound drama examines the legacy of gay men today in New York, where reminders of the epidemic are still all-too-real. We're introduced to a cast of characters whose lives, love and hopes entwine as Lopez pitches us between past and present, illustrating the gay experience of the last 40 years with deft detail, wit, and passion.

Key Information


Finished Nov 27, 2022




Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Design by Bob Crowley


Tony Nominations 2020

Best Play

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Andrew Burnap

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - John Benjamin Hickey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Paul Hilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Lois Smith

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Best Costume Design of a Play

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Best Direction of a Play

Best Sound Design of a Play


Our review

Life changing theatre

From our sister site London-Theatreland.co.uk: Like my feelings post seeing all seven hours of The Inheritance this week, it is difficult to know where to begin

Kitty McCarron

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