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Kit Harington stars in True West at the Vaudeville Theatre

Saturday, 16th Jun 2018  

True West - Vaudeville Theatre

The last few weeks have brought an array of announcements concerning upcoming shows, with Summer and Smoke transferring to the capital from the Almeida Theatre, Channing Tatum bringing Magic Mike Live to the Hippodrome and Come From Away revealed to be headed to the Phoenix Theatre.

This run continues with the announcement that a new version of Sam Shepard’s acclaimed play True West will be playing at the Vaudeville Theatre from November, with the well known television actor Kit Harington playing lead role Austin alongside Johnny Flynn’s Lee.

The plot focuses on those two characters, brothers, whose interactions take us to California. Austin is a screenwriter who has landed a big job and this has not gone unnoticed by Lee, who re-enters his brother’s life with his own proposition and way of life, which is at odds with Austin’s world. Lee makes his own money from robbery and during the course of the show we will witness how Austin is brought to the edge by his brother’s antics.

The show was first staged in San Francisco in 1980 and it has since appeared on Broadway and here in London, with previous runs at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Tricycle Theatre. It was also close to winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

So it is no wonder producers have managed to nab a great cast in Kit Harrington, best known for television’s Game Of Thrones, and Johnny Flynn, a musician and actor. They appear in the production under the direction of Matthew Dunster.

The Vaudeville Theatre, of course, is the home of the ongoing Oscar Wilde season for the time being, with An Ideal Husband playing at the venue until July, followed by the iconic The Importance of Being Earnest until October. The season began in 2017 with productions of A Lady Of No Importance and Lady Windermere’s Fan.

So when that season ends later in the year, True West will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from Friday 23rd November 2018 to Saturday 16th February 2019.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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