America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Originally premiered in Britain at the National Theatre, London, where it won the Evening Standard Best Play Award, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America went on to win two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
This volume contains both Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika.
Part One of “Angels in America”, subtitled “Millennium Approaches”, erupted on to the stage of the National Theatre in January 1992. Part Two, “Perestroika”, followed in November 1993. Since then “Angels in America” has become one of the most studied American plays, with over 30,000 copies of both parts sold in the UK alone.
It has also been filmed for television by Mike Nichols, with Al Pacino, Meryl Streep – and Emma Thompson as the eponymous Angel. Now, 15 years after that first production, and with Tony Kushner’s latest play, “Caroline, or Change”, still running – and winning prizes – at the National, both parts of “Angels in America” are available in a single volume. Parts One and Two will also stay in print in separate volumes.