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The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

A dramatic reading by Alan Cumming and Simon Callow

Step into the private world of celebrated novelist and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy—with help from a woman who couldn't resist reading their mail. Acclaimed stage and screen actors Simon Callow and Alan Cumming, together with writer and scholar Katherine Bucknell, enliven the emotional correspondence of the two men, who shared their love through letters while daring to be openly gay in conservative mid-century Hollywood. David Hockney's 1968 portrait of the pair—which Callow and Cumming recreate—provides the inspiration for this loving tribute to two extraordinary men.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition David Hockney, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue November 27, 2017–February 25, 2018.

Bring the Kids for $1.

Tickets to this event include same-day Museum admission during open hours.

Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event and you may purchase a drink prior to the show.