David Mamet's blistering, turbo-charged burst of testosterone Glengarry Glen Ross always has to walk a tightrope between its sweary machismo and the sweaty exposure of the vulnerabilities beneath its characters' bluster. There are occasions when the tightly-wound tensions in this new, starry West End production slacken, but this is still a lean, mean rollercoaster peek behind the scenes of a set of real-estate salesman chasing the best leads and trying to close deals with their... Read more
Written by David Mamet in the ‘80s, Glengarry Glen Ross is a play set across two days in the lives of a group of American real estate agents who are battling it out to sell undesirable land by any means necessary. The play gets its title from said property, the Glengarry Highlands, and Glen Ross Farms, which was sold as part of a lucrative deal in the past. It is set between a Chinese restaurant and a sales office in Chicago.
Glengarry Glen Ross opened in London at the Playhouse Theatre on 26th October 2017 and will run until 3rd February 2018, starring Christian Slater, Kris Marshall, Robert Glenister, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington.
Glengarry Glen Ross premiered at the National Theatre in 1983, directed by Bill Bryden. It starred Derek Newark, Karl Johnson, Trevor Ray, James Grant and Jack Shepherd, and following great success, went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play the same year. In 1984, the play opened in Chicago, the city in which it is set, before transferring to Broadway. It ran at the John Golden Theatre for 378 shows, and was described as a “scalding comedy” by the New York Times’ Frank Rich. The show’s success led to the play winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as four Tony Award nominations.
The story was adapted for the screen in the early 1990s, directed by James Foley, and boasted a cast of great actors including Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Jonathan Pryce and Alec Baldwin (for whom a new part was written specifically for).
The play was last performed in London in 2007, when it ran at the Apollo Theatre directed by James MacDonald. The production also featured actor Jonathan Pyrce, who played James Lingk in the film adaptation, as Shelly Levene, a once-successful salesman who has fallen on tough times.
Kris Marshall is best known for his roles in sitcom My Family and the film Love Actually. His most recent stage role was in Ugly Lies the Bone at the National, in which he played Kelvin. Don Warrington has performed with the National, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic. In 2016, Warrington played the titular character in Talawa Theatre Company’s King Lear, for which he garnered wide acclaim.
Stanley Townsend’s previous London theatre credits include Remember This, Guys and Dolls, Phedre and Happy Now? at the National Theatre. Robert Glenister is best known for his roles in Hustle, and Spooks. His theatre work is predominately with the Royal Exchange in Manchester, where he has appeared in The Idiot, An Ideal Husband and, most recently, Uncle Vanya.
Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s business as usual.
Set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen. Pitched in a high-stakes competition against each other, four increasingly desperate employees will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate. As time and luck start to run out, the mantra is simple: close the deal and you've won a Cadillac; blow the lead and you're f****d.