The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre starring Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman
Long before the battles of Trump vs Clinton and Clinton vs Obama, came Gore Vidal’s Tony nominated political drama, The Best Man.
Does the best man always win the White House? Written over 60 years ago as a thinly veiled attack on the rise of an unscrupulous populist candidate over the ethical man, The Best Man remains as relevant as ever in today’s politically charged environment.
Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed) and American film star Jeff Fahey (Lost) lead the cast alongside one of Britain’s much loved actresses Maureen Lipman (Educating Rita, The Piano).
The Best Man runs from 24 February 2018 until 26 May 2018 at the Playhouse Theatre.
Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination.
The only thing that separates the ex-Secretary of State and his populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President.
But where does compromise end and corruption begin? How far will they each go to become the most powerful man in the world? And who in the end will be proven to be “the best man”?
The cast features Martin Shaw, Jack Shepherd, Maureen Lipman, Jeff Fahey and Honeysuckle Weeks.
Futher casting to be announced.
Directed by Simon Evans, written by Gore Vidal, with set and costume design by Michael Taylor, lighting design by Chris Davey and composition and sound design by Ed Lewis.
★★★★ “Nostalgic and topical” The Guardian
★★★★ “a work of gradually mounting heft – as well as a very sharp ending” Evening Standard
★★★★ “the chilly draught of age-old real-politik is bracing enough to induce a useful shudder.” The Daily Telegraph
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A review round-up for The Best Man starring Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman
Gore Vidal’s 1960 penned US political drama has finally received its West End premiere.
A comic drama that explores the vexed relationship between politics and populism, The Best Man follows two opposing presidential candidates fighting neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination.
The cast is lead by Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently) as the liberal, atheist & cerebral candidate opposite Jeff Fahey’s (The Lawnmower Man, Lost) populist win-at-all-cost man.
Both flawed in their own way, and with enough dirt to sink a ship, the play looks at where does compromise end and corruption begin? and how far are they willing to go.
The supporting cast includeswonderful performances from Maureen Lipman delivering some of the best lines in her dry wit, Jack Shepherd as the ex-president disguising his shrewdness under the guise of a hick from the sticks and Glynis Barber and Honeysuckle Weeks as the two wives.
Does it hold up to tv series House of Cards and The West Wing or James Graham’s This House? If it’s fast paced drama you’re after probably not. But, as a well structured period play that has relevance in todays political climate it definitely worth a look.
The Best Man runs until 12 May 2018 at the Playhouse Theatre, London
Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman will star in the West End premiere of Gore Vidal’s Tony nominated play The Best Man.
Long before the battles of Trump vs Clinton and Britan vs Boris, Gore Vidal wrote The Best Man.
Written over 60 years ago as a thinly veiled attack on the rise of an unscrupulous populist candidate, it questions does the best man always win the top job?
Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw leads the cast as William Russell, esteemed ex-Secretary of State and US presidential candidate, with something of a philandering reputation.
American film star Jeff Fahey (The Lawnmower Man, Lost) plays Joseph Cantwell, an ambitious populist newcomer, opposing Russell for the party nomination.
As the race heats up, how far will they each go to become the most powerful man in the world? And who in the end will be proven to be “the best man”?
Award winning film, tv and stage actress Maureen Lipman (Educating Rita, The Pianist) plays the all-powerful party big-wig, with star of TV’s Wycliffe and Bill Brand, Jack Shepherd playing the respected Ex-President. The cast also features Glynis Barber (Dempsey and Makepeace) and Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyles War).
The Best Man is produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Simon Evans, with set and costume design by Michael Taylor, lighting design by Chris Davey and composition and sound design by Ed Lewis.
In todays politically charged #FakeNews era The Best Man remains as relevant as ever. Don’t miss this West End premiere.
The Best Man runs from 24 February 2018 until 12 May 2018 at the Playhouse Theatre.