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See an all-star cast in this Sam Shepard classic play with True West tickets

Matthew Dunster directs a new West End production of Sam Shepard’s psychological thriller True West, starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn. Playing a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, the drama was last seen in London at the Tricycle Theatre in 2015 and was originally a finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

True West follows the story of brothers Austin and Lee; one a Hollywood screenwriter and the other a drifter who steals for a living. Estranged for most of their lives, the pair are reluctantly reunited at their mother’s California house. Soon, sibling rivalry is pushed to new limits, as the power play between the brothers threatens to shatter all hopes of an American Dream.

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn lead the cast as Austin and Lee, respectively. Best-known for his recurring role in HBO series Game of Thrones, Harington was last seen on the London stage in 2016, in Jamie Lloyd’s adaptation of Doctor Faustus. Flynn is well-known for his role in Netflix’s Lovesick, and has theatre credits including Hangmen at Wyndham’s Theatre and an Olivier Award-nominated turn opposite Mark Rylance in Jerusalem.

The pair are joined by Madeleine Potter who will play Mom. Her many acting credits include An Ideal Husband on both West End and Broadway and All My Sons at the National Theatre. Donald Sage Mackay will take on the role of Hollywood producer Saul Kimmer. Mackay most recently starred in the acclaimed Angry Alan at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has also performed in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Lyric Theatre.

The production is directed by Matthew Dunster, whose credits include the Olivier Award-winning Hangmen and the Open Air Theatre’s A Tale of Two Cities. Playwright Sam Shepard’s extensive credits include Buried Child, Fool for Love and The Notebook. Further cast and creative team is yet to be announced.

A thrilling new production of a tense, blistering play, True West is a contemporary American drama that pulls into question family, rivalry and the endless search for the American Dream. Running for a strictly limited season at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, True West plays from 23 November 2018 to 16 February 2019.

Child Friendly

True West may not be suitable for children. The recommendation is 12+. Children under 5 will not be admitted.