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Best of Enemies
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Best of Enemies

Stars on Stage
14 Nov 2022 - 18 Feb 2023
2 hrs 25 min with interval
Suitable for 16+

Why Watch Best of Enemies?

  • Set in 1968, during a time of protest, this play features the most riveting debate in American Politics.
  • Starring Zachary Quinto as left-wing icon Gore Vidal, and David Harewood reprising his role as conservative William F. Buckley Jr., this play is influenced by the 2015 biopic by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.
  • Don't miss the chance to be at the edge of your seat whilst this iconic political rivalry unfolds.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


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.

The Story

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!

Show Timings

  • Show timings for Best of Enemies are dynamic and subject to change each month. Please ensure to check the show timings for your preferred date before purchasing your tickets.

Cast & Crew

Director: Jeremy Herrin & James Graham

Gore Vidal: Zacahry Quinto

William F. Buckley Jr.: David Harewood

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • The play is recommended for audiences over 16 years of age.
  • Children under 3 years of age will not be permitted.
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by and seated with an adult.
  • All those attending, regardless of their age, must have their own ticket and be able to occupy their own seats. All children must have their own ticket too, and be able to occupy their own seats.
  • The play features themes of racism, homophobia, and violence.
  • Please keep in mind that theatre does not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

Best of Enemies London Tickets

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Booking Period: From 14 Nov 2022 - 18 Feb 2023

Tickets Redemption

  • Contactless E-tickets will be provided for online check-in.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Best of Enemies voucher instantly. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. No need to take a printout.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended or rescheduled.

Noël Coward Theatre

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

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Best of Enemies Tickets

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What is the opening date for Best of Enemies?

Best of Enemies opens on 14 November 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre.

What age is Best of Enemies appropriate for?

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

Where is the Best of Enemies playing in London?

Best of Enemies is playing at Noël Coward Theatre in London and opens on 14 November 2022.

Do I need to purchase a Best of Enemies ticket for my child?

If your child is above the age of 5, you do need to purchase a Best of Enemies ticket ticket for your child.

Are there discounted Best of Enemies available for kids?

Generally, children above 5 years are expected to pay full price for a London theatre ticket.

How long does Best of Enemies run for?

The running time of Best of Enemies is 2 hours and 25 minutes with intermission(s).

What is Best of Enemies about?

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.

Who are the main stars of Best of Enemies?

The main stars of Best of Enemies are Zachary Quinto, starring as Gore Vidal, and David Harewood, starring as Willian F. Buckley Jr.

What is the dress code while attending Best of Enemies?

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.

Is outside food allowed while attending Best of Enemies?

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.

What are the facilities available at Best of Enemies?

Noël Coward Theatre has multiple facilities including wheelchair accessibility, restrooms, and a bar available for the audiences during the Best of Enemies.

Can I take pictures or videos of Best of Enemies inside the theatre?

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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