TRUE WEST

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.

Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences…

Set in the searing heat of the Californian desert this critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

TICKET INFORMATION

23 NOVEMBER 2018 – 16 FEBRUARY 2019

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday 3pm

Tickets from £15

Book by phone:
0330 333 4814

Group booking:
Call 0330 333 4817
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Access Booking:
Call 0330 333 4815
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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

w/c 17 Dec Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Tue, Thu and Sat 3pm w/c 24 Dec Thu – Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 3pm, Sun 3pm & 7.30pm w/c 31 Dec Wed – Sat 7.30pm, Mon, Thu & Sat 3pm

Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

  • Kit Harington

    Kit Harington

    Kit Harington

    Kit Harington

    Kit Harington has starred as Jon Snow since 2011 in the Emmy Award winning HBO drama series Game of Thrones. With 38 Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones is the most decorated show in the ceremony’s history. In 2016, Kit received his first Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Drama Series. 

    Kit studied drama and theatre at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Before graduating in 2008, he won the lead role of Albert in the National Theatre’s London production of the smash hit War Horse. The production transferred to London’s West End at the New London Theatre, and he stayed with the role until 2009 after which he appeared in Posh, by Laura Wade, at the Royal Court Theatre. In 2016, Harington made his much‐anticipated West End return in the Jamie Lloyd directed production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, playing the title role. 

    In 2018, Harington transitioned into the role of Executive Producer on a miniseries titled Gunpowder. Harington played his real‐life ancestor on his mother’s side, Catholic rebel Robert Catesby who was part of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, the failed scheme by Roman Catholic militants to blow up the House of Lords in London. The series also starred Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss and Liv Tyler.

    His upcoming film projects include the English‐language film from French‐Canadian director Xavier Dolan, The Life and Death of John F Donovan. Past film projects include the HBO sports mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, Sony Pictures Classics drama Testament of Youth and the big‐screen adaptation of the hit British spy series Spooks: The Greater Good. He also lent his voice to the animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014 and received an Academy Award nomination.

  • Johnny Flynn

    Johnny Flynn

    Johnny Flynn

    Johnny Flynn

    Johnny Flynn is an actor, composer and songwriter. Johnny has worked extensively across film, television and theatre. He recently shot a lead role in ITV’s upcoming adaption of Vanity Fair. He most recently starred in Genius: Einstein (National Geographic) – as the young Albert Einstein to Geoffrey Rush’s older. Johnny plays leading role Dylan in Lovesick, the first two series of which are currently streaming on Netflix with a third on the way. Further television credits include Brotherhood (Big Talk/Comedy Central), The Nightmare World Of HG Wells (Clerkenwell Films) and Detectorists (Channel X/BBC4). 

    Johnny most recently played the protagonist Pascal in feature film Beast – which received critical acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival this year, previous to its premiere at the London Film Festival. He has also starred in Love Is Thicker Than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria opposite Kristin Stewart and Chloe Moretz, and Song One in which he co-starred with Anne Hathaway. 

    Johnny was nominated for ‘London Newcomer of the Year’ at the Whatsonstage Awards (2012) for his performance in The Heretic (Royal Court) and went on to gain his first Olivier Award nomination for Jerusalem (West End) that year. Further credits include The Low Road (The Royal Court), Richard III and Twelfth Night (Globe/West End). Johnny’s most recent theatre appearance was a starring role in Martin McDonagh’s hit Hangmen, originating at the Royal Court and later transferring to the West End. He is thrilled to be reprising his role of Mooney in this year’s transfer to Broadway.  

    He has released five albums to date with his band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, the most recent being Sillion (2017) which he is currently promoting.

     

  • Sam Shepard

    Playwright

    Sam Shepard

    Playwright

    Sam Shepard’s first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were produced by Theatre Genesis in 1964. For several seasons, he worked with Off-Off-Broadway theatre groups including La MaMa and Caffe Cino. Eleven of his plays won Obie Awards, including ChicagoThe Tooth of the Crime, and Curse of the Starving Class. Other award-winning plays include Fool for Love, True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. In 1986, Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy in 1992. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame two years later. As a writer and director, he filmed Far North and Silent Tongue. As an actor, he appeared in numerous films, including The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven and Resurrection. His final works of prose, The One Inside and Spy of the First Person, were published in 2017, the year of his death.

  • Matthew Dunster

    Director

    Matthew Dunster

    Director

    Matthew Dunster is an Olivier-nominated director, a playwright and an actor.

    His directing credits include: The Secret TheatreMuch Ado About Nothing, Imogen, The Frontline, Troilus and Cressida, Dr Faustus and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hangmen (Wyndham’s Theatre & Royal Court, Atlantic Theater, New York), Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton).

    As a writer his credits include: Children’s Children (Almeida), You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester/Young Vic) A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and his re-imagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells).

  • Smith and Brant Theatricals

    Producer

    Smith and Brant Theatricals

    Producer

    Based in Soho, Smith & Brant Theatricals are producers, Joseph Smith and John Brant. 

    With a background that encompasses the commercial and subsidised sectors, Smith & Brant Theatricals are passionate about developing new work, as well as regularly collaborating on co-productions and offering general management services in London, on Broadway and around the world. 

    Current projects include: Co-producing the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away currently playing The Schoenfeld Theatre, New York (Winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle. Helen Hayes and Dora Awards for Best Musical 2017) and The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.  The North American tour of Come From Away will open at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle in October 2018.  UK and Australian productions are currently planned.

    Previous credits include: The Stage adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train by Craig Warner, Victorian thriller Gaslight, starring Kara Tointon, Keith Allen and Rupert Young both which toured the UK.  The West End premiere of the Olivier and Tony award-winning musical Memphis the Musical, starring Beverley Knight and X Factor Winner Matt Cardle (Shaftesbury Theatre, 2014/15); The Mentalists by Richard Bean, starring Stephen Merchant (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2015); The Pajama Game directed by Sir Richard Eyre and choreographed by Stephen Mear (Shaftesbury Theatre 2014); Rob Ashford’s hit revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway, 2011/12), which variously starred Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas; Promises, Promises (Broadway, 2010) which starred Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth; Jonathan Kent’s production of Sweeney Todd (West End, 2012) which starred Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, winner of 3 Olivier Awards including ‘Best Musical Revival’, 5 WhatsOnStage Awards including ‘Best Musical Revival’ and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for ‘Best Musical’ ; Million Dollar Quartet (West End, 2011) and the acclaimed musical Spring Awakening (West End, 2009), winner of 4 Olivier Awards including ‘Best Musical’ and the Critics’ Circle Award for ‘Best Musical’.

    General Management of BUG by Tracey Letts staring James Norton (FOUND111, 2016);  producing and general managing Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse, 2015); general managing August Strindberg’s The Father (Trafalgar Studios, 2015).

     

  • Empire Street Productions

    Producer

    Empire Street Productions

    Producer

    Empire Street Productions was set up in 2016 by independent producer James Bierman, to develop and produce work across theatre, television and film. Recent Theatre credits include Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe at the Trafalgar Studio starring Orlando Bloom, and Samuel D Hunter’s The Whale at the Ustinov, Bath. Ballywalter, a feature film by Stacey Gregg is in development with Northern Ireland Screen and How To Sell A War by Tim Price has just finished shooting in Georgia and Ireland. As Executive Producer of London’s Donmar Warehouse Bierman was involved in over 45 productions which won numerous awards including Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics’ Circle. As a producer at the Michael Grandage Company, he produced: Privates On Parade, starring Simon Russell Beale; A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams; Peter and Alice starring Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw; Henry V starring Jude Law The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe; and Photograph 51, starring Nicole Kidman as DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin. His first feature film Genius,  written by Academy Award Nominee John Logan and starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.