The biggest names from London's theatre community have recorded a moving video for Stonewall's 'It gets better...today' campaign, which reassures young lesbian, gay and bisexual people experiencing homophobic bullying that they don't have to wait for things to get better - their lives can be great today.
The inspirational and heartfelt messages come from a host of top actors, directors and personalities - including National Theatre Director Nick Hytner, Martin Sherman (author of Bent), Chris New (star of Prick Up Your Ears), Kerry Ellis (played Nancy in Oliver! and Elphaba in Wicked), and choreographer Stephen Mear - plus many more.
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In the video, Nick Hytner candidly recalls: 'I remember a young gay acquaintance of my parents being killed in a car crash when I was a teenager and them saying they thought it was probably for the best that he was dead because he was going to have such an unhappy life. My parents are completely different now. Most of their best friends are gay. Everybody grows. As for my personal life - it's pretty good. It's not perfect - I don't know anybody's who is - but its imperfections have absolutely nothing to do with my sexual orientation.'
The West End personalities join other celebrities and MPs who have added their support to the campaign, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Gareth Thomas, Sue Perkins, Clare Balding, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Joe McElderry, John Partridge, Antony Cotton, Danny Miller, Sarah Waters, Theresa May MP and Diane Abbott MP.
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