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Beautiful Thing

Teenage boys Ste and Jamie are neighbours on a South London estate. Jamie is more knowledgeable about The Sound of Music than football, while classmate Ste never misses a sports day. Both are being bullied, Jamie at school and Ste at home by his violent father and brother. One night, when things get too much, Ste seeks refuge in Jamie's flat and, sharing a bed, the boys strike up a new relationship. Together they come to terms with their sexuality and explore their feelings alongside their Mama Cass loving, rebellious friend Leah and with the much-needed emotional support of Jamie's lioness mother, Sandra.

This 30th-anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey's iconic, coming-out and coming-of-age story set in the nineties, is about community, friendship, rites of passage and what it is to be 16 and in love.

BEAUTIFUL THING is a touching, urban love story, full of warmth and humour.

Important Information

Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language).

Assisted performances:

BSL interpreted: Thu 28 Sep, 7.30pm
Captioned: Fri 29 Sep, 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 30 Sep, 2.30pm
Relaxed Environment: Sat 23 Sep, 2.30pm
Masked and Socially Distanced: Tue 19 Sep, 7.30pm

Age Restrictions

Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language).

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 7th October 2023.

Show times for each day are below.















Theatre Royal Stratford East Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8, N8, N86

Night Buses Icon Night buses: N8, N86

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Central Line, Jubilee Line

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Stratford Station

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: No

Facilities at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop


Wheelchair accessible

Theatre Royal Stratford East Location

Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN
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Beautiful Thing

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

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Running time: 2 hours (incl. interval)