Photo credit: David Harewood and Charles Edwards in Best of Enemies (Photo by Wasi Daniju)

James Graham’s ‘Best of Enemies’ to transfer to the West End

The play follows William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal's debates.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Following a Young Vic premiere in 2021, the Olivier-nominated play, Best of Enemies, will transfer to the West End later this year. Best of Enemies will open at an unnamed West End theatre from November 2022.

Best of Enemies is inspired by events between conservative intellectual William F Buckley Jr. and liberal writer Gore Vidal during the 1968 Presidential Election. As their debates are broadcast across America, beliefs are challenged with the advent of political idolatry.

In a four-star review for Best of Enemies at the Young Vic on London Theatre, our critic said: “this is really a duel, and a fascinatingly cast one. Even these two supposed outsiders are protected by their privilege. A thought-provoking and resonant drama.”

The Best of Enemies play is inspired by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's 2015 documentary, which starred John Lithgow and Kelsey Grammer.

The Young Vic production starred Charles Edwards and David Harewood. Further information about Best of Enemies in the West End will be revealed at a later date.

Photo credit: Best of Enemies (Photo by Wasi Daniju)

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