New play 'The Hills of California' to debut in the West End in 2024

The play is written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, reuniting the team behind the Olivier and Tony Award-winning team behind The Ferryman.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Look to the hills! A new play by Jez Butterworth, The Hills of California, will debut in the West End in 2024. The show will play a strictly limited run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 27 January to 15 June.

The show takes place in 1976 Blackpool, during the driest summer in 200 years. The beaches and coastal hotels are teeming with life, but in the town's backstreets, the Webb sisters return to their mother's guest house, where she is dying.

Sam Mendes directs The Hills of California. The acclaimed Lehman Trilogy director also staged Butterworth's The Ferryman in the West End 2017, and the production won Olivier Awards for Best New Play and Best Director. The show repeated that success at the 2019 Tony Awards, when Butterworth and Mendes's production transferred to Broadway.

Butterworth is also known for his award-winning plays Mojo and Jerusalem.

The creative team for The Hills of California also includes designer Rob Howell; lighting designer Natasha Chivers; sound Designer, composer, and arranger Nick Powell; choreographer Ellen Kane; and musical supervisor and arranger Candida Caldicot.

Casting for The Hills of California has yet to be announced.

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