True West at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
True West at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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!

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (no interval)
Opened: 23 Nov 2018
Booking from: 23 Feb 2019
Booking until: 23 Feb 2019

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

93 Reviews Add review

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

alexandrachloe 165cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I'm still not sure wether I enjoyed this show or not, or even if I felt the acting was good, I think there were parts that were really... More

susanclements 5ft 3, 68 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great play and intense, vibrant acting. Alternately menacing and funny. Totally believable characters who draw you in to their chaos... More

leepeddie 176, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An odd play about two brothers and a manuscript. Kit Harrington came into his own in part 2. But Johnny Flynn was superb throughout.... More

barrythompson1 75 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Kit Harington is onstage before the start, sat at a table, poring over his writings. He's a screenwriter, you see - a prim, bespectacled... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 76 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Amazing performance. I laughed to tears.

kajetank 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show a lot. Both actors were very good, there were some funny moments. I would recommend this play.

alekst 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was so good that this was the second time I came to see it. The acting was great especially Johnny Flynn who I think surprised... More

cynthiaa1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Great acting.

sjeg 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes