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.