Last Updated on 15th June 2018
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in True West by Sam Shepard at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic play True West is to have its West End premiere from 23 November 2018. This will be the first UK production of Shepherd’s work since his death last summer.
Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines, he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences…
Set against the searing heat of the Californian desert, Shepard’s critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
Kit Harington – renowned for his leading role in the internationally acclaimed series Game of Thrones – and Johnny Flynn – star of the widely celebrated film Beast and US TV series Genius, and who has just received rave reviews for his performance in the New York transfer of Hangmen – will star as warring brothers Austin and Lee.
Matthew Dunster who has recently direcetd Hangmen and will direct True West commented on the announcement of the production: “There is something dangerous about True West. It’s always unsettled me. I was always scared of reading it. Fearful of its burning content but also of its brilliance. When Sam Shepard died I went back to it and I knew I had to find way of doing it. And I have questions about the play: Is it about two brothers, or is it about how we all grapple with two sides of ourselves, thought by thought, dream by dream? Was the promise of the ‘West’, or is the promise of any mythical dream, really ‘True’? You need the very best actors to take this kind of play on. You preferably need two actors who can sniff the danger and are prepared to be unsettled and to unsettle. To have Kit and Johnny with me to ask the questions, and to take on these roles in Shepard’s masterpiece, is as exciting as my job gets. I can’t wait!”
True West will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November – 16 February 2018.