Speed-the-Plow - Playhouse Theatre

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Venue Information
Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Avenue

Seating Plan


(2mins) Follow Embankment Place right under the bridge; turn right onto Northumberland Avenue and you’ll see the theatre.


David Mamet’s acclaimed play Speed-The-Plow makes its way back to a London stage in 2014, offering audiences a new chance to witness a production that has been well-received on both sides of the Atlantic.

On this occasion it also boasts a big name as part of the cast. Lindsay Lohan takes on the role of Karen in the production, giving this Hollywood satire a personality plucked straight from Tinseltown itself. It also ensures that this will be a much talked-about play as it runs at the Playhouse Theatre, joining other west end shows with big names like Richard III (with Martin Freeman).

The story focuses on two film producers – Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox - who feel that they have a hit film on their hands. There’s also a novel that they both feel would make a terrible film. Enter Karen. She’s the temp and Charlie bets that Bobby cannot sleep with her, but in the process of trying Karen attempts the get the novel made into a movie instead. Charlie will have to take action to get the original sure-fire hit into production.

The play was first seen back in 1988 when it premiered at New York’s Royale Theatre and went on to earn a Tony Award for actor Ron Silver and numerous further nominations. Since then it has been witnessed on both sides of the Atlantic, with a high profile London production appearing at the Old Vic Theatre in 2008 with Kevin Spacey directing Jeff Goldblum onstage.
But this time is the turn of Lindsay Lohan to make her way to a London theatre and she does so after appearing in various well known Hollywood movies, beginning with the remake of The Parent Trap as a child star and progressing to the likes of Mean Girls, Bobby, Machete and Herbie: Fully Loaded, to name but a few.

Meanwhile, David Mamet is a renowned writer whose work has not only included Speed-The-Plow but Glengarry Glen Ross (he wrote the play and the film), American Buffalo and Race. He is also responsible for the movie The Verdict, starring Paul Newman and directed by Sidney Lumet.

Speed-The-Plow, this time directed by Lindsay Posner, runs at the Playhouse Theatre following the successful production of 1984 and it is followed by Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in December. 

Show Information
Booking From: Saturday, 29th November 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 29th November 2014
Show Status: production_closed
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