True West Tickets

Vaudeville Theatre Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 15:00 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 15:00 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

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‘Shepard's masterwork. It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius.’
New York Post

‘Sam Shepard is contemporary American drama, True West is contemporary America’
The Guardian

‘Shepard’s most accessible play. Scaldingly funny’

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are set to star in a new production of Sam Shepard’s blistering play True West, for a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End from 23rd November. Tickets go on sale today

Shepard’s play is about a Hollywood screenwriter named Austin who is researching a film set in, and his brother Lee, a drifter who burgles homes for a living. They reunite for the first time in half a decade in their mother’s home in California. Over the course of the play, Lee pushes Austin to the edge of a mental breakdown.

Kit Harington, who is best known for playing Jon Snow in the television phenomenon Game of Thrones, will play screenwriter Austin. Harington has an extensive stage career having made his debut in the National Theatre production of War Horse, which eventually transferred to the West End. He has also appeared in Posh at the Royal Court, The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s.

Johnny Flynn is known for playing Dylan in the Netflix sitcom Lovesick, and is also a renowned singer-songwriter. On stage, he most recently appeared in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen at the Royal Court. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, the True West is at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23rd November.

True West tickets are on sale now.

True West Synopsis 

Successful Hollywood screenwriter Austin is house sitting for his mother while she is on vacation, and is joined by his older brother Lee, who steals from houses for a living. There is tension between the two siblings who haven’t seen each other for at least five years. They sit in their mother's front room, and Lee distracts Austin as he works on his latest film with nonsensical questions, but this is only the beginning of the psychological manipulation. When Austin meets with Saul, a Hollywood producer, to discuss the script, Lee proposes an idea for a storyline, and under Saul’s instruction, the brothers must now collaborate to develop the screenplay.

Important information

Booking Until
Sat, 23 February 2019

True West Cast

By: Sam Shepard
Director: Matthew Dunster

Cast List

Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn

Best-known for playing Jon Snow in the hit US TV series Game of Thrones, Kit Harington returns to the West End after his leading role in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus in 2016 to play Austin, a successful Hollywood scriptwriter. Reuniting with director Dunster after appearing in the Oliver Award-winning play Hangmen, Johnny Flynn plays Austin’s drifter brother Lee.

True West Critics & Reviews

True West review – sibling rivalry erupts like a volcano


This searing staging of Sam Shepard’s play tackles the violence between two misfit brothers head-on The good boy and the outlaw square up to each other and the result is not pretty in Sam Shepard’s 1980 play. It gets a searingly good – and often very funny – revival by Phillip Breen, which arrives at the Tricycle by way of Glasgow’s Citizens theatre.

Eugene O’Hare brings just the right touch of Ivy League prissiness to Austin, a young, ambitious screenwriter on the verge of his first big success who is holed up in his mother’s Hollywood home. But the quiet is shattered by the unexpected arrival of Austin’s drifter brother, Lee, a petty thief fresh from the Mojave desert. There is something wonderfully feral about Alex Ferns’s performance, suggesting that Lee has been pulled through a cactus backwards and that the cactus won. More frightening is his violence, which erupts like an unpredictable volcano and brings chaos in its wake.
Soon ancient sibling scars are bleeding as Lee swipes a movie deal from under his brother’s nose, selling it to a producer who loves the “authenticity” of his stories. But it’s far more than sibling rivalry which is under the microscope, and Breen knows it in a production where the scenes are framed in a way that suggests the eye of the movie camera. It’s a revival which always holds its nerve. There are pauses here that lesser actors might fall into and entirely disappear, but O’Hare and Ferns are always right on it as the brothers who seem so different but who are connected by the memory of a drunken, absent father.

This is a play not just about selling American dreams, or even the collapse of the American dream, or the collapse of the American family. Everything is trashed here, not just the kitchen. When Lee takes a club to the typewriter, it is culture that comes off worse. Beyond the ruins, the coyotes howl. But the beast is within, eyeballing itself.

By :  Lyn Gardner

Ref Link : The Guardian 
Venue Info

Vaudeville Theatre

Strand, London, WC2R 0NH


Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Capacity: 690

Designed by C.J.Phipps. First opened on 16th April 1870 with the comedy "For Love or Money". The Theatre is currently owned by Nimax Theatres.


The auditorium has three levels - Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle.

Overall, the Stalls offers very good views of the stage. The view is affected from Row M onwards by the overhang of the Dress Circle. There is a light raking in the seating throughout the Stalls which helps with sightlines, and the legroom is good too.

Apart from the extreme side seats, the Dress Circle offers good views of the stage, and feels close to the action due to the intimate size of the theatre. View from Row G onwards are affected by the overhang of the Grand Circle.

Though the theatre is small, the Grand Circle feels quite far from the stage and the legroom at this level is not ideal.

Facilities At Vaudeville Theatre 

Seat plan: Vaudeville Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop
Wheelchair accessible

Access description: There is a step of approx. 5cm then 2 sets of double doors opening into the foyer. Box Office counter on right. Staircases are all highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Stalls are 6 steps down from the foyer. 27 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steps between rows). Upper Circle 54 steps up from foyer, though very narrow. Auditorium open 30 mins before performance.

Sound Amplification: No facilities at present.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and boxes and staff can dog-sit at foyer cloakroom or management office by prior arrangement with the management.

Disabled Access: Steps to all levels. Wheelchair users who will remain in their chair can use the AAT Major stair-climber which gives access to the stalls, where seats S8-11 can be removed to create spaces. Patrons requiring the use of the stair climber are asked to arrive at the theatre 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the performance.Transfer seating available to any aisle seat on left-hand side of Stalls – down 6 steps from foyer. Alternatively, access the Dress Circle through a side EXIT door on Lumley Court. Please notify a member of staff at the Box Office if you wish to use this entrance. No access to toilets from this level. 1 shallow step immediately inside door and 2 further steps to the left to row A. Box C up 2 fairly steep steps to the right, 74cm in width. Entrance to the box is 56cm wide – so it would be necessary to transfer to a moveable seat inside the Box from this entrance.

Toilets: Women’s 6 steps down from foyer, through 56cm wide door with cubicles. Men’s urinals 12 steps up from foyer. Men’s toilets 25 steps up from foyer.

Disabled Toilets: There is currently no disabled toilet in the Theatre, however we have an arrangement with the Adelphi Theatre (25 metres along the Strand) to use their facilities. A member of staff will accompany anyone wishing to use these facilities.

Limited Mobility: The boxes afford the best space for anyone wishing extra leg room.

Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Strand) 23, 139, 176, N6, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right 100 metres – it’s just after the Adelphi Theatre.


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