Zachary Quinto and David Harewood to star in Best Of Enemies at Noel Coward Theatre

Last Updated on 8th September 2022

James Graham’s play Best Of Enemies will open at the Noel Coward Theatre London in November which will see Zachary Quinto make his West End debut alongside David Harewood.

Best Of Enemies

Full casting and creative team have been announced for James Graham’s award-winning play Best Of Enemies which will star Zachary Quinto (The Boys In The Band, American Horror Story, Star Trek) making his West End debut as Gore Vidal opposite David Harewood (Sherwood, Quiz, This House) who reprises the role of William F. Buckley Jr. The production which will be under the direction of Jeremy Herrin and plays at the Noel Coward Theatre from 14 November 2022 to 18 February 2023. Book The Best Of Enemies Tickets now.

This sold-out hit from the Young Vic Theatre and Headlong originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021. Best of Enemies won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production and the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and was also nominated for two Olivier Awards following its run at the Young Vic.

1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal. Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation. Little do they know they’re about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever…

Completing the Best Of Enemies cast are Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who will each perform multiple roles within the play including Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, Patricia Buckley, Howard Austen, Aretha Franklin and Martin Luther-King. The ensemble includes David Boyle, Lincoln Conway, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Jamie Hogarth and Saaj Raja.

Zachary Quinto says: “Living and working in London has long been an aspiration of mine. But to be making my West End debut in such a thrilling and relevant play – amongst such a distinguished creative team – and playing such a scorching and complex character as Gore Vidal – far exceeds my expectations of what living and working in London would look like… I’m full of gratitude and excitement. Best of Enemies harkens back to a vital time – when genuine discourse was possible from even the most opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. My hope is that such discourse may be once again rekindled in response to the work itself.”

Written by James Graham and Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Best of Enemies is Designed by Bunny Christie, with Lighting Design by Jack Knowles, Sound Design by Tom Gibbons, Video Design by Max Spielbichler, Composition by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, Movement Direction by Shelley Maxwell, Casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG (UK) and Jim Carnahan CSA (US), Voice and Dialect by Hazel Holder and Associate Direction by Annie Kershaw.


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