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The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy


February 13, 7:00pm

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.