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Best of Enemies Tickets

James Graham’s acclaimed political play transfers to the West End, starring Zachary Quinto and David Harewood as Vidal and Buckley Jr.

A debate that transformed US politics

Zachary Quinto and David Harewood star in the West End transfer of James Graham’s Best of Enemies play, a blazing political drama about a game-changing US debate.

1968 was a year of huge upheaval for the US, marked by anti-war and civil rights protests. As two men battled to become the next President, the public's attention turned to their television screens. Conservative William F Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal traded insults in a series of debates broadcast to an already divided nation - and became the blueprint for modern day political campaigns.

Created by one of our foremost political playwrights, Best of Enemies premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in 2021. It is based on Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's documentary and directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House).

James Graham’s impressive writing credits include BBC drama Sherwood, and multiple Olivier Award-nominated plays including Labour of Love and Ink, about the rise of Rupert Murdoch.

Casting for Best of Enemies in London is led by Zachary Quinto as Vidal and David Harewood as Buckley Jr.

Experience the debates which changed American politics forever with Best of Enemies tickets. This sharply observed play opens in London in November 2022.

Performance dates:
01 Dec 2022 - 18 Feb 2023
Running time:
2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Noel Coward Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+. Under 3s not permitted. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Audience Notes:
Best of Enemies contains themes of racism, homophobia, violence, antisemitism and strong language.

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Latest Audience Reviews

Loved the show. A real political punch up. Quinto stole the show. I was less keen on some of the... More

waynes4 22 Feb 2023

Incredible show. Cleverly written, razor sharp and witty. David Harewood gives the most extraordi... More

Learslostwife 16 Feb 2023

What a fantastic play. The actors were brilliant. It was 1968 again. Whilst some serious topics w... More

amandao7 01 Feb 2023

Harewood and Quinto provide compelling performances. Both go at each other like two heavyweights... More

imranm1 18 Dec 2022

I went into this show with low expectations as I don't know anything that can be better than it's... More

dalem3 05 Dec 2022

I saw this play at the Young Vic last year. The subject is right up my street, and David Harewoo... More

markh25 30 Dec 2022
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