As readers of this column are aware, “Heartstopper” on Netflix is one of our current favorites.
The show, which is based on Alice Oseman’s web comic and graphic novels of the same name, centers on the friendship that develops into a romantic relationship between two British teenagers, Nick and Charlie, who are both out and proud to be gay and are respectively portrayed by “Rocketman” actor Kit Connor and newcomer Joe Locke. Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell, a lesbian couple, transgender student Elle (Yasmin Finney), and Charlie’s best buddy Tao are among their friends (William Gao).
“Heartstopper” has served Netflix’s (The Marked Heart Season 2) purpose. With 1.05 million Twitter interactions in the week following the April 22 season debut, the show immediately soared to the top of Variety’s Trending TV chart.
Although the second season of Heartstopper is still in the works, two of its stars have reunited for a fresh endeavor.
The Trials, a stage production by Dawn King, will make its UK debut with Joe Locke as Charlie Spring and William Gao as Tao Xu, Spring’s best friend.
The new stage production has cast both Joe Locke and William Gao.
Unquestionably, the Netflix (Love and Anarchy Season 3) coming-of-age series Heartstopper was one of the biggest TV successes of 2022, and now two of its stars are getting back together for a new project.
Actors Joe Locke from Charlie Spring and William Gao from Tao Xu have both been named to the cast of Dawn King’s next stage production The Trials.
Locke and Gao portray members of an all-youth jury that has the responsibility of assessing the elder generation for their failure to take measures to stop and mitigate climate change.
They join a cast that also features a number of other recognizable TV personalities; the defendants are played by Sharon Small of The Bay and Victoria star Nigel Lindsay.
The show will have performances every day, excluding Sundays, from Friday, August 12, through Saturday, August 27, at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, London. Online ticket sales are available, with prices starting at £10. For those under the age of 26, a free ticket ballot is available.
According to Michael Longhurst, artistic director of the play’s location Donmar Warehouse, “Dawn King’s incendiary new play on the climate crisis demands we consider the generation most affected,” was released in a statement.
“I am happy that the Donmar has developed a robust engagement program with young Londoners from our community as part of our casting process for The Trials, opening doors into the business and providing a stage for the upcoming generation of performers and campaigners.”
While this is going on, Kit Connor, the other lead actor in Heartstopper, has teased his appearance in the third season of His Dark Materials, saying: “I have definitely begun [season 3], I’m not quite finished. But we’ve finished most of it, and it looks fantastic.
“Yeah, I believe [Heartstopper lovers] should definitely watch His Dark Materials. I believe they should just watch it because it’s a terrific show, without even listening to me.
Fans of Heartstopper will undoubtedly enjoy seeing Locke and Gao together once more, even though there is still some time before the show’s second season begins.
The show will return for a second and third season on Netflix (Squid Game Season 2), as it did back in May, although the next run is not anticipated to start till 2023.
The two have already appeared together since the premiere of Hearstopper; on July 1, Locke and Gao joined co-stars Kit Connor and Yasmin Finney for a Celebrity Gogglebox Pride Special.
Netflix is now streaming Heartstopper. Series 2 and 3 have been officially announced.