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Best of Enemies

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About Best of Enemies

The 1968 Presidential election changed the future of political debates. Discover what happened between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal in James Graham’s Best of Enemies at the Noël Coward Theatre. Book Best of Enemies tickets on TodayTix.

James Graham’s Best of Enemies play comes to the West End with high praise. Best of Enemies premiered at the Young Vic in 2021, and received two Olivier nominations: Best New Play, and Best Actor (for Charles Edwards.) London Theatre raved about the show’s ability to display the importance of healthy debate, saying “there's a big difference between arguing about ideas in abstract and fighting for your life… a thought-provoking and resonant drama.” If you’re interested in modern politics, you’ll need to see this play.

Best of Enemies also boasts luxury casting. David Harewood reprises the role of William F. Buckley Jr. from the Young Vic to the West End, while Broadway star Zachary Quinto takes on the role of Gore Vidal.

The 1968 American presidential election saw Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey fight to win the American presidency. But at the same time, there’s plenty of eyes on conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal. They hold opposing views and can’t face one another, but they end up sharing the stage at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami and the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

By televising their heated debates, their discussions opened a new way to speak to the public and transform television news forever. The pair’s feuds stretched over decades, but in Best of Enemies, you'll find out how it all began.

These two foes couldn't get over each other. Book Best of Enemies tickets on TodayTix.

Best of Enemies matinees begin at 2:30pm and Best of Enemies evening performances begin at 7:30pm.

Best of Enemies runs for 2 hours and 25 minutes, including a 15-minute interval.

Access performances Audio Described Performance: 2.30pm Saturday 3 December 2022
Captioned Performance: 2.30pm Saturday 10 December 2022

Tell Me More

Even though it’s a play based on American politics, Best of Enemies celebrates the brightest British theatre creatives. James Graham writes Best of Enemies, based on Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's 2015 documentary. Jeremy Herrin directs Best of Enemies. Putting these two unstoppable forces together makes for a stand-out play.

Best of Enemies premiered with a two-month engagement at the Young Vic. But even though it was a limited engagement, the Young Vic play won Best Play at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. The play also follows Young Vic shows to transfer to the West End: Death of a Salesman and The Inheritance moved from the small Southwark venue to central London. They then went to Broadway — could Best of Enemies follow suit?

What to Watch For:

  • David Harewood plays William F. Buckley Jr. He’s starred in Homeland and Supergirl, and earned an OBE in 2012 for services to drama.
  • Zachary Quinto plays Gore Vidal. The Emmy-nominated actor has appeared in Heroes and Star Trek, as well as Broadway productions of The Glass Menagerie and The Boys in the Band. Quinto makes his West End debut in Best of Enemies.
  • Best of Enemies follows the debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. In 1955, Buckley Jr. founded the conservative magazine National Review, meanwhile Vidal’s novels explored how individuals and people-at-large affect American politics.
Run time

2 hours 25 minutes (incl. interval)

Start date

November 14th, 2022

End date

February 18th, 2023

Genre

Play

Venue

Noël Coward Theatre

Age

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticket holder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.

From £18
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