Maureen Lipman & Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw and Marueen Lipman to star in US political drama

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.

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