Passing By


Passing By

by Martin Sherman

Get’s Another Outing in London

at Tristan Bates Theatre 5th to 30th Nov 2013


Directed by Andrew Keates. Designed by Philip Lindley. Costume Design by Philippa Batt. Sound Design by Fred Riding. Casting by Benjamin Newsome.

Concerns a love between two men whose hearts pull them together as their lives
pull them apart.



The Play

Sherman tells a very different kind of gay story in Passing By, an unconventional romantic comedy-drama whose protagonists spend most of their time in bed togther, but not in quite the way that might sound. Its 1972 and Toby is an unfit, neurotic new york artist enjoying less than stellar success in his career. He Meets Simon at a cinema, and they have a one-night stand.Simon is a bronze medal winning diver, Physically fit and in contrast with Toby, on the surface at least appears to be pretty untoubled. But Having only recently come to New York he finds his hotel room lonely and seeks out Toby for company, not realising that a less than welcome reason will soon have them spending even more time togther.


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Martin Sherman

Martin Sherman best known for his play “Bent”

Martin Sherman was born in Philadelphia. He has lived in London since 1980. His plays include: Passing By, Cracks, Rio Grande, Bent, Messiah, When She Danced, A Madhouse in Goa, Some Sunny Day, Rose, A Passage to India (from E.M. Forster) and Onassis. Adaptations: Absolutely! Perhaps (Pirandello), The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov). Musical: The Boy From Oz. Films Include: The Clothes in the Wardrobe (US Title: The Summer House), Alive and Kicking, Bent, Callas Forever, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Henderson Presents. His stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ novel The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone recently opened in Tokyo. His plays have been produced in over fifty five countries, and he has been nominated for two Tonys, two Oliviers and two BAFTAS.


Steven Webb and Alex Felton The Finborough Theatre 2012 Production Director by Andrew Keates.

Passing By was first produced at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in 1974, and by Gay Sweatshop at the Almost Free Theatre in 1975. This was production was the first London revival since the original production.



Holding the Man on DVD Here