Glengarry Glen Ross at Playhouse Theatre tickets
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Overview

Sam Yates directs a major revival of David Mamet’s multi-award winning 1980’s play Glengarry Glen Ross at London’s Playhouse Theatre, marking the first return of the production to the West End since the 2007 Apollo Theatre show, starring Jonathan Pryce. Playing for a limited 14-week season, the revival features a star-studded cast, including acclaimed American actor Christian Slater.

Lies, greed and corruption are all part of the game. Set in a high-pressure, cut-throat Chicago office, a group of salesmen are willing to go to any lengths to secure a deal. Whether legal or not, they are determined to push as much real estate as possible. But as time and luck begins to run out, one thing becomes painfully clear. Close the deal and you’re a winner. Lose the lead and you’re out.

Christian Slater, well-known for his appearances in Heathers and Mr Robot, returns to the West End for the first time since starring in the acclaimed 2004 and 2007 productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Further casting includes Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Death in Paradise), Don Warrington (Death in Paradise), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Law & Order: UK) and Stanley Townsend (Florence Foster Jenkins).

Originally premiering at the National Theatre in 1983, directed by Bill Bryden, Glengarry Glen Ross went on to receive its Broadway premiere in the following year. After receiving tremendous critical acclaim, the production received every major theatre award, including the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Sam Yates directs the production, with previous credits including Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre and East is East at Trafalgar Studios. From the writer behind plays including American Buffalo and Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross is a pertinent play that remains startlingly relevant at a time when the debate of the American Dream is under fierce scrutiny.

Featuring an all-star cast, Glengarry Glen Ross plays a strictly limited season at the Playhouse Theatre. The production runs from October 26th 2017 to February 3rd 2018, with an official press night on November 9th 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of David Mamet’s work will enjoy this major revival of one of his most celebrated plays, making it one of the hottest tickets in the West End. Featuring a star-studded cast, this is a one-off opportunity to catch it in the West End. Those who enjoyed American Buffalo with Damian Lewis should be sure to get tickets to this fantastic show too.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for under 12's

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 26 Oct 2017
Press night: 09 Nov 2017
Booking from: 16 Feb 2018
Booking until: 10 Feb 2018

Location and map

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE

46 Reviews Add review

Love the play! The play had great pace and energy! The set of the Chinese restaurant was not cheap and seedy enough - these div... More

gigirobarts 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Love the play! The play had great pace and energy! The set of the Chinese restaurant was not cheap and seedy enough - these dives of the 70's were really dark, smelly and smokey cramped interiors most of the time - this restaurant was too elegant. The offices were made messy but again did not convey that cramped, very smokey, pokey feeling - five desperate men all holed up and stuck together with this testosterone flying around - all trying to make a break and crack their leads!! Floor needed to look dirtier and disgusting looking so garbage on desks and floors didn't do it for me! All the actors were wonderful but of course 2 were amazing for me and they were Townsend and Glenister whom I thought knocked it on the head - Townsend was supremely fabulous vocally and physically - he drew you in with such power and yet subtlety - vulnerable and powerful moments moved me at a blink of an eye - so desperate one minute and then a total shit the next...His US accent was formidable and perfectly pitched - Jack Lemmon would have been proud! Glenister was strong and moving - flawless accent and carried himself so well and I think these 2 actors understood the pace and the US carriage and comportment the best - the weakest link for me was Kris Marshall - his accent was uneven and of course one remembers the great Kevin Spacey in that role who was so amazing. Christian Slater held his own and was strong but when one remembers Al Pacino in this role it's very difficult to move away from that. Pacino will forever be the benchmark for greatness!!

gigirobarts 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I have a mixed relationship with Mamet; there aren't many male voices like him. His all-male ensemble in Glengarry Glen Ross may s... More

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I have a mixed relationship with Mamet; there aren't many male voices like him. His all-male ensemble in Glengarry Glen Ross may seem outdated but it is a production about masculinity, and men are at their most masculine with other men. Stanley Townsend as Shelley Levine gives a physical quality Jack Lemon never did. You can believe Levine was the alpha male and it makes his subsequent downfall even more heartbreaking, even though his downfall is his own making. He couldn't keep up the man he made a success; Christian Slater's Ricky Roma. Slater's authentic Americaness can sometimes be difficult for the other actors. Don Warrington and Robert Glenister shine in their two hander in the first half and lose their way in the second. Any faults with the production come from Mamet, it is short running length keeps us in the moment but the lack of background makes it hard to understand where the characters are coming from (Why is Kris Marshall's Williamson playing the victim when he creates their destiny) or where they are going.

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Glengarry Glen Ross saw some very fine acting performances, particularly from Christian Slater and Stanley Townsend. I was howeve... More

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Glengarry Glen Ross saw some very fine acting performances, particularly from Christian Slater and Stanley Townsend. I was however shocked to learn that first act was only 35 mins in length. Just as I was getting into the play, the interval happened. The second act is only 50 mins so it's very short overall. I found the play to be quite hurried and rushed and not up to the same standard as the excellent movie. However, the acting and writing were top quality so worth seeing from that perspective!

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

David Mamet’s writing is so slick, fast, and overlapping, it’s a treat to listen to. Especially when delivered so well. The acting... More

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

David Mamet’s writing is so slick, fast, and overlapping, it’s a treat to listen to. Especially when delivered so well. The acting was superb. Loved the play. So glad I got to see it.

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The acting was absolutely incredible and the intricacy of body language changes and small twitches etc was really clever. The set ... More

emilydiver 5"0, 177 reviews, 13 helpful votes

The acting was absolutely incredible and the intricacy of body language changes and small twitches etc was really clever. The set was also excellent. However, the show itself and the story were unfortunately rather poor. The story is such that it is impossible to like any of the characters and therefore I couldn't really invest in the story at all. The humour was very crass and lacked subtlety, and the whole thing was very stereotypical. I think the show set out to do what it wanted to do, and the actors were doing a brilliant job, but the poor content could not be rectified.

emilydiver 5"0, 177 reviews, 13 helpful votes

The play was very good. Christian Slater was brilliant and the rest of the cast were pretty good too.

lynnew 5' 3", 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The play was very good. Christian Slater was brilliant and the rest of the cast were pretty good too.

lynnew 5' 3", 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb stage play. Everyone was on form. Sharp delivery, energy, and pace. The time just whistled by. The real star of this thou... More

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb stage play. Everyone was on form. Sharp delivery, energy, and pace. The time just whistled by. The real star of this though, wasn’t Christian Slater, it was Stanley Townsend awesome performance as Shelley Levene.

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Finally got to see my all time favourite actor and wasn't disappointed. I normally go for a musical so to see a serious play made ... More

simonerogers 5'2, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Finally got to see my all time favourite actor and wasn't disappointed. I normally go for a musical so to see a serious play made a nice change. Great cast alongside Christian Slater, which made it very enjoyable. Was left a little miffed as it was quite a short play and the ending was a little disappointing, others around me also commented the same.

simonerogers 5'2, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Liked it but initial monologues a bit boring - but positioned the story. Second half was good. Very short. Recommend this as long ... More

mikeconlan999 5"10, 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Liked it but initial monologues a bit boring - but positioned the story. Second half was good. Very short. Recommend this as long as someone OK with a lot of swearing and wordy play. Overall a good and interesting play.

mikeconlan999 5"10, 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes