Best of Enemies, Noel Coward Theatre

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Noel Coward Theatre, London
Booking to 18 February 2023

★★★★★ “Captivating” – The Times

Olivier Award winning playwright James Graham (Quiz, Ink, Labour of Love, This House) brings his compelling new political play Best of Enemies to the Noel Coward Theatre in London.

Best of Enemies stars Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) as Gore Vidal, alongside David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley.

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, and is now playing at the Noel Coward Theatre until 18 February 2023.

What's the story of Best of Enemies?

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…

Who is in the cast of Best of Enemies?

The cast stars Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) as Gore Vidal, and David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley.

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

Who are 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

★★★★★ "A dazzling night out" - Evening Standard (Noel Coward Theatre)
★★★★★ "A scintillating, perfectly-timed play" - Financial Times (Noel Coward Theatre)
★★★★★ "Best of Enemies isn’t just a treat for political geeks: it’s a compelling human drama, as wild and unruly as the decade it brings so passionately to life" - The Times (Noel Coward Theatre)
★★★★ "James Graham’s fabulous, frenetic play" - The Guardian (Noel Coward Theatre)
★★★★★ "David Harewood and Charles Edwards are phenomenal" - TimeOut (Young Vic)
★★★★★ "James Graham’s captivating drama is raw and timely" - The Times (Young Vic)
★★★★★ "James Graham serves up another thrilling, slyly humorous knockout" - i News (Young Vic)
★★★★ "Superb study of media and politics" - The Guardian (Young Vic)
★★★★ "Packs a real punch" - The Telegraph (Young Vic)
★★★★ "Harewood is tremendous" - Evening Standard (Young Vic)

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 18 February 2023
Running time
2 hours 25 minutes including interval
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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Important Notes

Show 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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Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA
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Best of Enemies reviews starring Zachary Quinto & David Harewood
Reviews are coming in for Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, which opened last night, 28 November 2022. Hollywood and Broadway star Zachary Quinto and acclaimed British actor David Harewood star in the West End transfer of James Graham's (Quiz, Sherwood, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Ink, Tammy Faye) award-winning play. Best of Enemies had its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre in December 2021, and runs at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End until 18 February 2022. The play is already an award-winner, scooping the the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2022 for Best New Theatre Production, the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and two Olivier Award Nominations.  David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprises his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley in the play, with Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) as liberal icon Gore Vidal, and other cast including Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who will 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. Set in 1968, a year that sees protests divide America, two men fight to become the next President. But 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 creative team for the production includes Director Jeremy Herrin, Designer Bunny Christie, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Tom Gibbons, Video Designer Max Spielbichler, Composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, Movement Director Shelley Maxwell, Casting Charlotte Sutton CDG and Jim Carnahan CSA, Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder, and Associate Director Annie Kershaw. More reviews for Best of Enemies to follow. Book Best of Enemies tickets at the Noel Coward Theatre
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Best of Enemies production photos released, starring Zachary Quinto & David Harewood
Producers of James Graham's Best of Enemies have released production images of the show. Starring Hollywood and Broadway actor Zachary Quinto and British star David Harewood, Best of Enemies is now playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London until 18 February 2023. Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) plays Gore Vidal, alongside David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley. The cast also includes Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who will 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. The creative team includes Director Jeremy Herrin; Designer Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer Jack Knowles; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons; Video Designer Max Spielbichler; Composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell; Movement Director Shelley Maxwell; Casting Charlotte Sutton CDG (UK) and Jim Carnahan CSA (US); Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder; and Associate Director Annie Kershaw. The play debuted at the Young Vic Theatre in December 2021 , getting some great reviews from the critics, and winning the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2022 for Best New Theatre Production. Book Best of Enemies tickets at the Noel Coward Theatre Best of Enemies - Production Photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="954" display="pro_tile"]
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Photos: Zachary Quinto & David Harewood in Best of Enemies rehearsals
Photos have come in featuring Hollywood star Zachary Quinto and British actor David Harewood rehearsing for the West End transfer of James Graham's Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre. The play runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 14 November 2022 for a 14 week season until 18 February 2022. Best of Enemies had its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre in December 2021 , garnering great reviews from the critics. The play also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2022 for Best New Theatre Production, the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and scooped two Olivier Award Nominations.  Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) plays Gore Vidal, alongside David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley. The cast also includes Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who will 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. The play is set in 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… James Graham has become one of the UK's most acclaimed stage and screen writers, with TV work including recent BBC hit Sherwood, plus Quiz, and Brexit: The Uncivil War. Theatre credits include Ink, This House, Labour of Love, and the current Almeida Theatre show about Tammy Faye written with Elton John and Jake Shears. The creative team includes Director Jeremy Herrin; Designer Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer Jack Knowles; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons; Video Designer Max Spielbichler; Composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell; Movement Director Shelley Maxwell; Casting Charlotte Sutton CDG (UK) and Jim Carnahan CSA (US); Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder; and Associate Director Annie Kershaw. Book Best of Enemies tickets at the Noel Coward Theatre Best of Enemies - rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="924" display="pro_tile"]
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Zachary Quinto to join David Harewood in Best of Enemies West End transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre
Hollywood star Zachary Quinto will make his West End debut this Autumn, joining David Harewood in the West End transfer of James Graham's Best of Enemies. The show had an acclaimed world premiere season at the Young Vic Theatre, garnering great reviews from the critics. The play also won the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2022 for Best New Theatre Production, the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and scooped two Olivier Award Nominations.  The show will head into the West End's Noel Coward Theatre from 14 November 2022 for a 14 week season until 18 February 2022. Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) will play Gore Vidal, alongside David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley. The cast also includes Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto who will 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. The play was strongly tipped for a Broadway run, which has now been heightened by the casting of Quinto, who was last on Broadway in 2018 in Boys in the Band. Quinto told the press that: "Living and working in London has long been an aspiration of mine. But to be making my West End debut in such a thrilling and relevant play - amongst such a distinguished creative team - and playing such a scorching and complex character as Gore Vidal - far exceeds my expectations of what living and working in London would look like… I'm full of gratitude and excitement. Best of Enemies harkens back to a vital time - when genuine discourse was possible from even the most opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. My hope is that such discourse may be once again rekindled in response to the work itself." Best of Enemies - David Harewood and Zachary Quinto David Harewood said: “I consider Best of Enemies to be one of the most enjoyable and challenging experiences of my whole career and I cannot wait to once again get under the skin of this uniquely complex character. Jeremy’s brilliant direction and James’s wonderful script combine to give both actor and audience a stimulating, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining evening out and I’m counting down the days to performing this show again in the West End.” James Graham said: “To be given the opportunity to bring new writing to the West End is always a thrill. Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s original hit documentary about the televised debates between Buckley and Vidal in the 1960s, and their surprise influence on our politics and media today, enraptured me when I first saw it. It’s been an honour to take inspiration from their work to create this drama for the stage. We’re living through another “1968 moment” right now – that same spirit of protest, resistance, and a thirst for change; of political polarisation and toxicity, all of which was the backdrop to the clash between these two men live in front of the world. Working with Jeremy again, and having the epic talents of this cast – led by David and Zach, fighting it out every night on the Noel Coward stage – is such an exciting prospect, I can’t wait.” Jeremy Herrin said: “One of the privileges of running Headlong was being able to get the rights to Neville and Gordon’s pertinent documentary, and to persuade James Graham to bring his singular vision and regular wit to yet another of our collaborations. Kwame Kwei-Armah inspired and supported our production at the Young Vic. It’s great to bring our talented ensemble to one of the West End’s best playhouses at the Noel Coward Theatre to thrill a broad audience with plenty of affordable tickets.  We are honoured that one of the US’s finest actors Zachary Quinto will  join forces, and trade blows, with David Harewood, a multi hyphenate homegrown star worthy of celebration. The story of these two nuanced and charismatic men speaks as engagingly of contemporary politics and punditry as it does of the turmoil of 1968, and I can’t wait to take the production to the next level.” Charles Edwards (The Crown, Downton Abbey, The Power of the Rings) originated the role of Gore Vidal at the Young Vic. The play is set in 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… James Graham has become one of the UK's most acclaimed stage and screen writers, with TV work including recent BBC hit Sherwood, plus Quiz, and Brexit: The Uncivil War. Theatre credits include Ink, This House, Labour of Love, and the forthcoming Almeida Theatre show about Tammy Faye written with Elton John and Jake Shears. The creative team includes Director Jeremy Herrin; Designer Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer Jack Knowles; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons; Video Designer Max Spielbichler; Composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell; Movement Director Shelley Maxwell; Casting Charlotte Sutton CDG (UK) and Jim Carnahan CSA (US); Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder; and Associate Director Annie Kershaw. The play is produced by Second Half Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Wessex Grove, Young Vic Theatre and Headlong. 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South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2022 – Full list of winners
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  THEATRE  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  DANCE Winner: The Dante Project – Wayne McGregor: The Royal Ballet  Then Or Now: Ballet Black  Starstruck: Scottish Ballet  LITERATURE Winner: Love Marriage: Monica Ali  Burntcoat: Sarah Hall  Open Water: Caleb Azumah Nelson  POP Winner: Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert  Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under  Self Esteem: Prioritise Pleasure  OPERA  Theatre of Sound, Bluebeard's Castle  Birmingham Opera Company, Wagner’s RhineGold  Winner: Opera North, Rigoletto  COMEDY Starstruck, Series 1, BBC One  Winner: We Are Lady Parts, Channel 4  Alma’s Not Normal, BBC Two  CLASSICAL MUSIC 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  TV DRAMA 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  FILM After Love  Boiling Point  Winner: Passing  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. 
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Best of Enemies wins South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production
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. Read a round-up of reviews for Best of Enemies her Book tickets to Best of Enemies in the West End. More details to follow.

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