David Mamet's play at the Comedy Theatre has broken West End box office records.
According to industry newspaper The Stage, Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago has broken box-office records for advance sales for a straight play. The cast is headed by Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver, supported by Kelly Reilly and Hank Azaria.
Mamet's four-hander has taken £1.25 million at the box office. This is believed to be marginally above the figure taken by David Hare's The Breath of Life, which set the previous record of £1 million plus.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago is produced by Mark Rubinstein, Old Vic Productions and Sonia Friedman.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.