First Look at… Best of Enemies, Noel Coward Theatre

The production is currently playing a limited season until the 18th February 2023.

Credit: Johan Persson

New production images have been released for Jeremy Herrin’s production which is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre and written by James Graham.

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…

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The production sees Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, American Horror Story, Star Trek) making his West End debut as Gore Vidal in James Graham’s (Sherwood, Quiz, This House) new play Best of Enemies opposite David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) who is reprising his role as William F. Buckley Jr.

Having opened for previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on the 14th November, the production will officially open on the 28th November. The production originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021 and is a collaboration between the Young Vic and Headlong.

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The cast for the production also includes: Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who 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.

Credit: Johan Persson

As well as being written by James Graham and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production’s creative team includes: Designs by Bunny Christie, 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) and Voice and Dialect by Hazel Holder.

The production 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.

To book tickets for Best of Enemies click here.

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