Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn to star in Sam Shepard's True West
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are set to return to the West End later this year in a revival of Sam Shepard’s True West, which will run at the Vaudeville Theatre with tickets going on sale later today.
Shepard’s story follows a Hollywood screenwriter named Austin and his brother Lee, a drifter who steals from houses for a living, reunite for the first time in five years at their mother’s house in California. However, despite seeming relatively stable, Austin is pushed to his psychological limits by his brother.
Austin will be played by Harington, who is best known for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, and was most recently seen in the West End in Jamie Lloyd’s production Doctor Faustus. His stage career includes Posh at the Royal Court, and War Horse at the National Theatre.
Flynn will play Lee. The actor is known for his screen performance in the Netflix series Lovesick, but has many notable stage credits including his role in Jerusalem, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.
The production will be directed by Matthew Dunster, who directed Flynn in the 2015 production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen.
Shepard’s play ran in London in 2015 at the Tricycle Theatre, with LondonTheatre.co.uk critic Mark Shenton giving it a four-star review, concluding it was a ‘blistering, shattering play’.
True West tickets are on sale now.
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