"A pungent Shepard’s pie"
-The Guardian-

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About the show

Kit Harington returns to the West End in a blistering new production of Sam Shepard’s tense psychological thriller True West. Playing a strictly limited season at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, the searing drama is an exploration of family rivalry and the fragility of the American Dream.

Set against the backdrop of the scorching Californian desert heat, True West sees two brothers reluctantly reunited for the first time in over five years. One brother is a Hollywood screenwriter, and the other is a drifter who steals from people for a living. With their differences firmly apparent, it isn’t long before the two begin to spar.

However, sibling rivalry turns into family drama, as Austin and Lee’s relationship is pushed to new limits. Quickly, a thrilling power play ensues, threatening to shatter all hopes of the American Dream.

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star as Austin and Lee, respectively. Harington is best-known for starring in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, and last appeared in the West End in Jamie Lloyd’s 2016 production of Doctor Faustus. His credits also include Posh at the Royal Court and War Horse at the National Theatre.

Flynn was previously seen on stage in Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning Hangmen, and has credits including Netflix’s Lovesick and an Olivier Award-nominated turn in Jerusalem.

Further casting includes Madeleine Potter (An Ideal Husband, All My Sons) as Mom and Donald Sage Mackay (Angry Alan, A Moon for the Misbegotten) as Hollywood producer Saul Kimmer.

True West is directed by Matthew Dunster, whose credits include directing Flynn in Hangmen at the Royal Court and Wyndham’s Theatre, as well as adapting A Tale of Two Cities for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Sam Shepard is well-known for his extensive playwrighting and screenwriting credits, including the recently staged, Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child.

A thrilling, tense and darkly comic play, True West was last seen in London in 2015 at the Tricycle Theatre. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1983, the drama is one of Shepard’s most riveting plays. The production plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018.

Who Should See It?

Fans of thrilling dramas and of GOT’s Kit Harington will not want to miss out on this production, which is one of Sam Shepard’s finest works.

True West may not be suitable for children.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

23rd Nov 2018

22nd Jan 2021

23rd Feb 2019

Running time

1 hour 40 mins (no interval)


Not suitable for children