Kit Harington to star in the West End premiere of True West

Kit Harington to star in the West End premiere of True West

Posted On: Jun 15, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West, directed by Olivier Award-nominee Matthew Dunster.

    The first UK production of Sam Shepard’s work since his death last summer, True West will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018 to 16 February 2019, with the Press Night 4 December 2018.

    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, will star as warring brothers Austin and Lee.

    Two of the most challenging and sought-after roles in modern drama, some of the greatest American and British actors of the last 30 years have played the brothers since the play’s debut in 1980.

    Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back into 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, True West pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

    Director Matthew Dunster 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 a 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!”

    Kit Harington has starred as Jon Snow since 2011 in the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama series Game of Thrones. In 2016, Kit received his first Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His previous stage credits include War Horse and Doctor Faustus.

    Johnny Flynn is an actor, composer and songwriter. He was nominated for ‘London Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards for his performance in The Heretic and for an Olivier Award for his performance in Jerusalem.

    Matthew Dunster is an Olivier-nominated director, a playwright and an actor, and Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe. His directing credits include Hangmen, Liberian Girl, Before the Party, Mogadishu and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His writing credits include Children’s Children and his re-imagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Most Incredible Thing.

    Eleven of Sam Shepard’s plays won Obie Awards, including Chicago, The Tooth of the Crime, and Curse of the Starving Class. Other award-winning plays include True West and Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. In 1986, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy in 1992. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame two years later. 

    Additional casting and creative team for True West to be announced.

    At the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018 to 16 February 2019, book your True West tickets today!

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