Entirely set among London's gay community, it is the summer of 1985, the background of the mounting AIDS crisis, My Night with Reg follows the ups and downs of a circle of gay friends over a period of several years.

One of the group, the Reg mentioned in the title, is not a character in the play but the whole plot revolves around his apparent promiscuity and the chain reaction of deception and betrayal set off by it. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, it captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itselfyou were talking to your customer

This production is part of the Curious Festival 2018 – an annual celebration of LGBTQ culture across the North East. Find out more at www.curiousfestival.co.uk

Middlesbrough Theatre - 4th - 6th July

Sam Lupton as Guy

Theatre includes: 'Harry Robinson' in The Ladykillers (Ipswich New Wolsey, Queens Hornchurch, Salisbury Playhouse), ‘Wilfred Crompton’ in Spring and Port Wine (Oldham Coliseum 2017); 'Seymour' in Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour 2016),  'Boq' in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End); 'Princeton’ & ‘Rod' in Avenue Q (UK Tour 2012); 'Man' in Starting Here, Starting Now'; Greg' in Single Sex and 'Gena Hamlet' in Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester);  'Harry' in Love On The Dole and 'Young Collector/Sailor' in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octagon); 'Colin Ireland & Robin Oake' in Out Out Out (Pitgems Theatre); "Jim/Ensemble" in The Hired Man (Bolton Octagon) which won the 2010 TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical, awarded to the entire ensemble. He Also originated the role of 'Ben' in Firing Life.
Television includes: The Late Late Show (RTE) and Ireland:AM (TV3).
Radio Includes: 'Nino Sarratore' in The Story Of A New Name & My Brilliant Friend (BBC Radio 4), Various Characters in National Velvet (BBC Radio 4)
Workshops: 'Boy & Zacky' in Big Fish; 'John-Michael' in Doris Stokes, "Will" in The Muddy Choir.
Other Work Includes: The Music of Kooman & Diamond (IlliaDebuts, London Debut), "The Concrete Jungle": UK Album Launch (IlliaDebuts), 'West End Switched Off' (Parallel Productions)
Sam has also worked as a puppet coach for the 2014 professional UK tour of Avenue Q. In 2016 he made is directorial debut with How To Curse at London's Etcetera
Matt Howdon as John

Matt studied Acting at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and in Northern Stage's North programme.

Theatre credits include: Three Shorts (Alphabetti Theatre); Between the Lines (Live Theatre); Butterfly (Northern Nomads); Cyrano de Bergerac (Northern Stage) and Leaving (Curious Monkey).
 
Steven Arran as Daniel

Steven trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he graduated with a Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text. Having worked abroad in Canada for the last three years, he is delighted to be back on home turf and  to once again be participating in the vibrant North East theatre scene. 
 
Theatrical credits include: Boy in The Butchers Bill (South Shields Customs House); Goneril in King Lear (Unit 102, Toronto); Polixenes in The Winters Tale (Dauntless City Theatre, Toronto); Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Dauntless City Theatre, Toronto); Borrachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Leroy Street Theatre, Toronto); Sir Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn (East Side Theatre, Toronto); Young Lad and Oliver Killbourn US in The Pitmen Painters (The National Theatre); Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard in the Botanics); Jacques le Boyes in As You Like It (Bard in the Botanics) and Edmund in King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).
 
Steven is also the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Speakeasy, a company which produces accessible high quality classical theatre in the North East. They will be  presenting their inaugural show in the autumn. 
 
He is thrilled to be making his Less Is MORE debut.
Phil Harrison as Benny


Philip is delighted to be working again with the amazing Less is more theatre company.

Even more so that he gets to walk about this time! He has worked for a multitude of companies, from small scale young people’s theatre, to main house provincial.  In roles as diverse as aging policemen to the nightmares of children.

Currently is being wrapped in clingfilm for a charity calendar.
Mick Liversidge as Bernie

Mick is absolutely delighted to be working with "less is MORE" again, he last appeared, in their production of "And A Nightingale Sang", as George, at the Middlesbrough Theatre in 2015.

Recent theatre credits include John O` Gaunt in tours (Yorkshire & Germany) of "Richard II", Falstaff in a pub tour of "Henry IV", Nick in "The Beggars of York" at York Theatre Royal, Alfie in "One Man Two Guvnors" and Ebenezer Scrooge in a Northern tour of "A Christmas Carol".

Film work includes: Sid in "Love`s Best Habit"-Shakespeare Short Film Festival Stratford-on-Avon 2016, Peter Lumley in "The Great Yorkshire Bank Robbery"(2016), Richard Layton in "Fractal"(2017) and Paul in "Magdalene, A Girl Out Of The Blue"(2018). TV credits include a commercial for Glossop Caravans and a recent appearance in Coronation Street. 

Michael Cummings as Eric

Michael Cummings has trained with the National Youth Theatre and The Actors Class. He is a London-based actor and is excited to be making his Middlesbrough theatre debut, following his recent TIE tour in the south of France, and prior to his forthcoming performance at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh… He likes to travel with work. Last summer he had the pleasure of performing open air theatre with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, portraying Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Other theatre credits include Phillip Ayckbourn’s Playing Mathilde (Tommy), The Essence of Love (Tom), and Rah Rah Theatre Co’s Cinderahrahrella (Prince Charming).

Alongside his acting, Michael has begun stand-up comedy, and having performed only 4 times so far, he is greatly enjoying this new adventure. Michael would like to wish you, dear reader, a lovely evening; he is thrilled to be performing My Night With Reg and hopes that your night with My Night With Reg is a fine night sharing Mike’s night playing My Night With Reg (matinee audience included, indubitably; it just doesn’t work with the rhyme) Michael is grateful for this opportunity and would like to express his appreciation to the Curious Festival for their work and values.