★★★★★ “Captivating” – The Times
A bold new play from James Graham (Ink, Quiz, This House)
Olivier Award winning playwright James Graham (Quiz, Ink, Labour of Love, This House) brings his compelling new political play Best of Enemies to London.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places and Things),Best of Enemies opens in the West End this November following its world premiere at the Young Vic stars Charles Edwards (The Crown) and David Harewood (Homeland).
Inspired by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s 2015 documentary about the nightly 1969 US TV debates between right and left-leaning intellectuals William F Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal, their TV clashes were both compellingly entertaining, but also set the template for the future confrontational nature of US TV news.
Best of Enemies is a Young Vic and Headlong co-production.
What’s Best of Enemies about?
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…
The cast of Best of Enemies
The West End cast of Best of Enemies it to be announced.
The Young Vic cast features multi-award winning stage and screen actor David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond, Supergirl) as William F. Buckley Jr., and acclaimed actor Charles Edwards (The Crown, Downton Abbey, the forthcoming TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings) as Gore Vidal.
The creative team of Best of Enemies
Best of Enemies is Written by James Graham and Directed by Jeremy Herrin, with Set and CostumeDesign by Bunny Christie, Lighting Design by Paule Constable, Sound Design by Tom Gibbons, Video Design by Luke Halls, Composition by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, Movement Direction by Shelley Maxwell, Associate Movement Direction by Sarita Piotrowski, Casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG, Voice and Dialect by Hazel Holder, Gurkiran Kaur and Salvatore Sorce, with Jerwood Assistant Director Annie Kershaw, Jerwood Assistant Designer Amy Finch and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Sabrina Richmond.
Reviews of Best of Enemies★★★★★ "David Harewood and Charles Edwards are phenomenal" - TimeOut
★★★★★ "James Graham’s captivating drama is raw and timely" - The Times
★★★★★ "James Graham serves up another thrilling, slyly humorous knockout" - i News
★★★★ "Superb study of media and politics" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Packs a real punch" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Harewood is tremendous" - Evening Standard
Important NotesShow warning: This show contains themes of racism, homophobia and violence. There is occasional use of homophobic and racist slurs as well as misgendering. There are references to murder, antisemitism and frequent strong language.
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Winners have been announced for the annual South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which celebrate their 26th anniversary in 2022.
The winners were announced at a ceremony today, 10 July, at The Savoy Hotel in London, celebrating achievement in all areas of the arts.
The awards will air on Sky Arts on Wednesday 13 July at 10pm. Nominations were announced on 30 June.
South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2022 – Winners
VISUAL ART (SPONSORED BY LEXUS)
Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects, Gagosian
Winner: Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Hurvin Anderson: Reverb, Thomas Dane Gallery
The Walk: The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company and Good Chance Theatre
Winner: Best of Enemies: A Young Vic and Headlong co-production (Book tickets)
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Winner: The Dante Project – Wayne McGregor: The Royal Ballet
Then Or Now: Ballet Black
Starstruck: Scottish Ballet
Winner: Love Marriage: Monica Ali
Burntcoat: Sarah Hall
Open Water: Caleb Azumah Nelson
Winner: Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under
Self Esteem: Prioritise Pleasure
Theatre of Sound, Bluebeard’s Castle
Birmingham Opera Company, Wagner’s RhineGold
Winner: Opera North, Rigoletto
Starstruck, Series 1, BBC One
Winner: We Are Lady Parts, Channel 4
Alma’s Not Normal, BBC Two
Winner: Huw Watkin’s Symphony No.2: The Hallé
Dani Howard – Trombone Concerto: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Up for Grabs, Mark-Anthony Turnage: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican
Winner: It’s A Sin: Red Production Company for Channel 4 and HBO Max in Association with All3Media International
Time: BBC Studios for BBC One
This Is Going To Hurt: Sister / Terrible Productions for BBC One
THE TIMES BREAKTHROUGH AWARD
Winner: Comedy – Liz Kingsman
TV Drama – Gabrielle Creevy
Literature – Catriona Ward
Opera – Nardus Williams
Classical – Dani Howard
Visual Art – Rachel Jones
Dance – Emily Suzuki
Theatre – Samuel Creasey
Film – Emilia Jones
Pop – Wet Leg
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
An outstanding achievement award was given to Tamara Rojo, for her 10 highly regarded, transformational years as artistic director of English National Ballet.
James Graham’s Best of Enemies has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production, it has been announced.
Winners were announced today at a ceremony held at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. The South Bank Sky Arts awards cover the entire spectrum of the arts, including pop, opera, television and literature.
Graham’s political drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin examines the bitter political rivalry between William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.
The sold-out hit from the Young Vic and Headlong, which originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021 starring David Harewood and Charles Edwards, recently confirmed it would get a West End transfer this November.
Nominations for Theatre include Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club – starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley – and The Walk, the incredible project that saw 3.5m puppet Little Amal travel through over 70 cities across the world.
Other winners included the Wayne McGregor-choreographed The Dante Project (dance) for the Royal Ballet; Opera North’s Rigoletto (opera); Huw Watkins’s Symphony No 2 (classical music) performed by the Hallé; Channel 4’s joyful and stereotype-blasting sitcom We Are Lady Parts (best comedy); Michael Armitage (visual arts) for his show at the Royal Academy of Arts; Monica Ali (literature) for her novel Love Marriage; Rebecca Hall’s Passing (film); and British rapper Little Simz for her fourth album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (pop)
An outstanding achievement award was given to Tamara Rojo, for her decade as artistic director of English National Ballet. The breakthrough award went to Liz Kingsman for her One-Woman Show at the Soho Theatre.
More details to follow.
Best of Enemies, James Graham’s latest political play will open in the West End this November, it has been confirmed.
Casting and venue for the West End transfer is to be revealed. The Young Vic production starred David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond, Supergirl) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, Downton Abbey, the forthcoming TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings).
The sold-out hit from the Young Vic and Headlong, which originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021, examines the bitter political rivalry between William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. The drama is directed by Jeremy Herrin.
Best of Enemies is nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production, the awards take place on Sunday. The play was also nominated for an Olivier Award and won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play.
More details to follow.
Reviews are starting to come in for new play at the Young Vic Best of Enemies – which is rumoured to be getting a West End and Broadway transfer.
David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond, Supergirl) plays William F. Buckley Jr., and acclaimed actor Charles Edwards (The Crown, Downton Abbey, the forthcoming TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings) plays Gore Vidal in this political play by award-winner James Graham (This House).
The play is inspired by a 2015 documentary about the TV debates in the 1960’s between Buckley Jr and Vidal, with their witty, biting clashes of politics and culture proving hugely entertaining, and scarily prescient for the future of political debate and US TV news.
Did the critics love James Graham’s new play? Here we go…