This universally, critically acclaimed production comes to the Noêl Coward Theatre after a sell-out run at the Young Vic. It has been announced that Zachary Quinto will make his London stage debut in the West End transfer of Best of Enemies. He assumes the role of the left-wing icon, Gore Vidal.
Set against him is conservative William F. Buckley Jr., who will be played by David Harewood. This play is based on the 2015 biopic written by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, titled Best of Enemies. This stellar star cast is to be directed by Jeremy Herrin, who directed the acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy. He reunites with Primetime Emmy Award Nominee James Graham. Further casting will be announced in due course.
A time of protest, tension, and political divide in America. The year is 1968. As two candidates fight for the presidency of the United States, arguments play out in the debates of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Best of Enemies follows the story of renegade liberalGore Vidal and wily conservative opponent William F. Buckley Jr.
The nation is caught in the chaos and is riveted to the screen. Across America, millions have tuned into the nightly broadcasts to watch the fiery debates that question beliefs and one's moral integrity. The new television format has everyone examining the moral maps of this shattered nation that ruled the world. Will this open new frontiers in politics and change the television news forever? Book your tickets to find out!
Director: Jeremy Herrin & James Graham
Gore Vidal: Zacahry Quinto
William F. Buckley Jr.: David Harewood
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Booking Period: From 14 Nov 2022 - 18 Feb 2023
The Noel Coward Theatre, originally known as the New Theatre, is located on St. Martin's Lane in London. Built behind the Wyndham Theatre, this theatre was built by Sir Charles Wyndham, and was opened on 12 March 1903. It was renamed the Noel Coward in tribute to the late Sir Bronson Noël Coward, who had presided as its manager for many years. Recently, The Noel Coward Theatre has played host to some notable Shakespeare productions including a production of Twelfth Night set in India with an entirely Asian cast. The production played to packed houses and only closed as the Royal Shakespeare Company themselves had exclusive rights to perform their annual London season of Tragedies there. The theatre has since played host to some big names from the West End and Hollywood alike with performances from Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Judi Dench, and Ben Wishaw.
Seating Capacity: 872 seats across four levels- Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle, and Balcony
Address: St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU, United Kingdom
Tube: The tube stations closest to Noël Coward Theatre are Leicester Square Station (Northern/Piccadilly Lines) and Covent Garden Station (Piccadilly Line).
Bus: The bus lines servicing the area include, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29,87, 91, 139 and 176.
Available Facilities: Wheelchairs, Bar, Washrooms
Accessibility: Noël Coward Theatre welcomes disabled guests and strives to make the show accessible for everyone. There will be an Audio Described performance on 3 Dec 2022 at 2:30 PM, and a Captioned Performance on 10 Dec 2022 at 2:30 PM for Best of Enemies.
Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at Noël Coward Theatre.
Dress Code: Smart and casual wear are recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Outside Food: Strictly prohibited
The cost of the Best of Enemies tickets will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.
The best way to buy cheap or discounted Best of Enemies is to book them online as you will often come across attractive discounts. Book your Best of Enemies in advance as they tend to get more expensive closer to the show date.
You can easily buy last-minute Best of Enemies at www.london-theater-tickets.com. You can even visit the TKTS booth at Leicester Square to procure cheap and last-minute Best of Enemies tickets. However, the only way to purchase Best of Enemies tickets at the TKTS booth is in person so be prepared for long queues.
Booking Best of Enemies online will give you the opportunity to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view seating. But if you try your luck with lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.
Best of Enemies opens on 14 November 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre.
Best of Enemies does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children of 16 and above. Children under 3 years of age are strictly not permitted
Best of Enemies is playing at Noël Coward Theatre in London and opens on 14 November 2022.
If your child is above the age of 5, you do need to purchase a Best of Enemies ticket ticket for your child.
Generally, children above 5 years are expected to pay full price for a London theatre ticket.
The running time of Best of Enemies is 2 hours and 25 minutes with intermission(s).
Best of Enemies features the world's most riveting debate between Gore Vidal and Willian F. Buckley Jr. in 1968 as they compete against each other for the presidential elections of the United States.
The main stars of Best of Enemies are Zachary Quinto, starring as Gore Vidal, and David Harewood, starring as Willian F. Buckley Jr.
There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formal or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.
No, outside food is not allowed while attending Best of Enemies. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.
Noël Coward Theatre has multiple facilities including wheelchair accessibility, restrooms, and a bar available for the audiences during the Best of Enemies.
Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.
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