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True West

True West

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About True West

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 in the searing heat of the Californian desert this critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.

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Austin is a Hollywood screenwriter who is house sitting for his mother in California while she is on holiday in Alaska. As he sits attempting to write his latest screenplay, he is surprised when his brother Lee shows up, as they’ve not seen each other for five years. At first, Lee’s only interest seems to be robbing the houses in the neighbourhood. However, when a film producer comes to visit Austin later in the day, Lee talks the producer into a game of golf and convinces him to take a look at the story he has written.

As the story progresses, the brothers gradually begin to transform into one another. This transformation is marked by a substantial conversation about their father, who has run away from his life in the suburbs and now lives out in the desert. When their mother arrives home early to find the house in a mess, the sibling rivalry takes a more extreme turn.

Written by American playwright Sam Shepard, this gripping play about the relationship between two brothers highlights the double nature of personalities and demonstrates the promise and failure of the American Dream.

What to watch for

The 2000 Tony-nominated Broadway production starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, who regularly switched roles every so often throughout the run.

The play was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984.

This production stars “Game of Throne” star Kit Harrington, who was last seen on a West End stage in the acclaimed 2016 revival of “Doctor Faustus.”

Run time

2hrs (including interval)

Start date

November 23rd, 2018

End date

February 23rd, 2019




Vaudeville Theatre




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