Gypsy Queen

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell: traveller, bare-knuckle fighter, hero to his people and Gypsy King. George leaves this life behind and enters the world of professional boxing, which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. But Dane is fighting his own battles and they will ultimately lead to a tragedy that neither man could predict.

Two men who find themselves, and each other, in the most unlikely of worlds. ‘Gypsy Queen’ is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

‘Gypsy Queen’ is a fast-paced two hander in which both actors play nine different characters between them, often with great comic effect.

‘Gypsy Queen’ is the new play by Rob Ward, co-writer of one-man show ‘Away From Home’ that toured nationally and internationally between 2013 and 2016, picking up critical acclaim and several awards including Manchester Theatre Awards for Best New Play and Best Fringe Performance.

1hr 10m
The Vaults
31 Jan — 04 Feb 21:30
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About the company

Hope Theatre Company

Hope Theatre Company is a Manchester based theatre company specializing in LGBTQ work founded by Adam Zane, director of Gypsy Queen. Earlier this year Hope launched ‘Out/Stage/Us’, a quarterly event for new LGBTQ work in Manchester. Productions include ‘Jock Night’ and ‘Be More Martyn’ (a celebration of the life of Martyn Hett) at Hope Mill Theatre, ‘The Laramie Project’ and the UK premiere of ‘The Laramie Project – Ten Years Later’ at The Lowry. Since 2007 the company has been touring secondary schools across the North West with anti-homophobia verbatim play Out/Loud. Other past productions include ‘Get Happy’ at the Kings Head in London.

Artistic Team
Written by
Rob Ward
Directed by
Adam Zane
Produced by
Rob Ward
Stage Manager
Owen Rafferty
Ryan Clayton & Rob Ward

Press & Reviews

Broadway Baby

"Heart-breaking, raw and emotional, this really is not one to miss" ★★★★★

The Independent

"Laugh-out-loud lines...a touching romance" ★★★★

The List

"A slick, rewarding piece of work" ★★★★


"Brilliantly funny...incredibly moving" ★★★★

British Theatre Guide

"A tragic same-sex love story...well worth the look" ★★★★

The Wee Review

"Gypsy Queen is the very definition of great theatre" ★★★★