What Did Critics Think of London’s True West, Starring Kit Harington?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of London’s True West, Starring Kit Harington?
 
Matthew Dunster’s production of the Sam Shepard play opened December 4.
Kit Harington and John Flynn
Kit Harington and John Flynn Marc Brenner

The West End premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West officially opened at London’s Vaudeville Theatre December 4. The production, which marks the first U.K. mounting of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s work since his death last summer, stars Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and Hangmen alum Johnny Flynn (who also composed original music for the staging).

Olivier nominee Matthew Dunster directs the play, which follows two brothers—a successful screenwriter and a drifter—who reunite to discuss their mother’s recently abandoned house. In addition to Harington and Flynn as Austin and Lee, respectively, the cast includes Madeleine Potter as Mom and Donald Sage Mackay as Saul Kimmer.

Read reviews for the production below.

The Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Hollywood Reporter (Leslie Felperin)

The Independent (Paul Taylor)

The Stage (Fergus Morgan)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Time Out London (Rosemary Waugh)

The Times (Ann Treneman)

The production features sets and costumes by Jon Bausor, lighting by Joshua Carr, and sound design by Ian Dickinson.

Another production of the play is set to begin performances at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre December 27. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, starring Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke, will open officially January 24, 2019.

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