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Sam Shephard's popular play about two battling brothers in middle America is a tense, conflicted look at power and success within a family. This new production starring Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn is directed by Matthew Dunster. Watch this familial drama fraught with tension at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Sam Shephard’s searing contemporary tale of two estranged brothers newly reunited arrives in the West End, starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the psychological thriller True West was most recently produced at the Tricycle Theatre in 2014. First staged in 1980, a new production plays at the Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season.

True West sees brothers Austin and Lee reluctantly brought together for the first time in five years. Austin is looking after their mother’s house whilst she’s on holiday in Alaska, using the time to work on the screenplay he’s writing. Lee alludes to a drifting in a life of crime, and tension quickly becomes evident. When a film producer comes by for a meeting the next day, Lee’s involvement has dramatic consequences in this thrilling power play.

Kit Harrington stars as Austin, opposite Johnny Flynn as Lee. Harington is best-known for his portrayal of Jon Snow in HBO series Game of Thrones. Before this, he appeared in War Horse at the National Theatre and Posh at the Royal Court, most recently appearing in Jamie Lloyd’s 2016 production of Doctor Faustus.

Johnny Flynn is well-known for his recurring role in Netflix’s Lovesick, with stage credits including The Heretic and Jerusalem at the Royal Court, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.

Further casting includes Madeleine Potter (An Ideal Husband, All My Sons) as Mom and Donald Sage Mackay (Angry Alan, A Moon for the Misbegotten) as Hollywood producer Saul Kimmer.

Matthew Dunster directs the production, after recently directing Johnny Flynn in the Olivier Award-winning Hangmen at the Royal Court and Wyndham’s Theatre. An accomplished theatre director, Dunster’s credits span Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Exchange, the RSC and Young Vic, as well as penning an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.

With stellar names attached to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, Fool for Love) iconic American play, this blistering production is guaranteed to resonate with today’s audience. Tickets for True West are available for a strictly limited season at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018.

Sorry this show closed 23 February 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Vaudeville Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Not suitable for children
Audience Notes:
American theatre fans and people who love a family drama will adore this blistering play by one of America’s best playwrights, whilst Kit Harington fans should not miss the chance to get tickets his return to the London stage!

Latest Audience Reviews

The story is not the most climatic, but the acting was impressive on so many levels. They had so... More

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alexandrachloe 30 Mar 2019

I'm still not sure wether I enjoyed this show or not, or even if I felt the acting was good, I th... More

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susanclements 02 Feb 2019

Great play and intense, vibrant acting. Alternately menacing and funny. Totally believable charac... More

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leepeddie Top 100 reviewer 01 Feb 2019

Kit Harington is onstage before the start, sat at a table, poring over his writings. He's a scree... More

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u2fancat Top 200 reviewer 08 Dec 2018

I enjoyed the show a lot. Both actors were very good, there were some funny moments. I would reco... More

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alekst 15 Jan 2019

Amazing performance. I laughed to tears.

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kajetank 17 Jun 2019
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