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Best of Enemies Tickets

Noel Coward Theatre, London
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)
Age Restrictions: Under 3s will not be admitted. All children attending must have their own ticket and be able to occupy their own seats. Under 16s must be accompanied by and seated with an adult.
Tickets from £18.00

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The West End transfer of Best of Enemies stars Zachary Quinto and David Harewood


The sold out, critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning hit, Best of Enemies transfers to the West End this November. Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band, Star Trek, Heroes) makes his London stage debut playing left-wing icon Gore Vidal, with David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley Jr.

1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal. Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation. Little do they know they're about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever…

James Graham’s work for TV (Sherwood, Quiz, Brexit: The Uncivil War) and theatre (Ink, This House, Labour of Love) makes him one of the UK’s most exhilarating and celebrated writers and Best of Enemies reunites him with award-winning director, Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, Wolf Hall Trilogy, This House). This Young Vic and Headlong transfer to the Noël Coward “rushes at the audience like a newshound after a story” (The Observer) and is “the most riveting play in London’ (New York Times).

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.

Venue information

Noel Coward Theatre
Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4AU

The Noel Coward Theatre, London, originally known as the New Theatre, was built by Sir Charles Wyndham on St. Martin's Lane in London, England and opened on March 12, 1903. It was built behind the Wyndham's Theatre which was completed in 1899. In 1973 it was renamed the Noel Coward in tribute to the late Sir Bronson Noel Coward who had presided as its manager for many years. The theatre is now owned by Delfont-Mackintosh Ltd. (as of September 2005). 

The building was designed by architect W. G. R. Sprague with an exterior in the Classical style and an interior in the Rococo style. The theatre seats 872 patrons on 4 levels. The building is now a Grade II Listed structure. 

The Noel Coward Theatre Notable Productions

After opening in 1903 with a production of Rosemary starring Charles Wyndham and his wife, Mary Moore, the Noel Coward has hosted a number of notable productions. The theatre's first play, I'll Leave it to You played the then New Theatre in 1920. George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan with an acclaimed performance by actress Sybil Thorndike ran in 1924. 

The 1930s saw John Gielgud's production of Hamlet and he also appeared with Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans in Romeo and Juliet. With the Blitz, came the destruction of the theatres that were home to the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells Theatre Companies. Both companies made the New Theatre home until their respective theatres were rebuilt in the 1950s. One of the most successful shows to play the New Theatre was Lionel Bart's musical retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, which opened 30 June 1960. 

Among some of the notable productions recently is the 1994 revival of Turgenev's A Month in the Country starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt. 

Recently, The Noel Coward Theatre has played host to some notable Shakespeare productions including a production of Twelfth Night set in India with an entirely Asian cast. The production played to packed houses and only closed as the Royal Shakespeare Company themselves had exclusive rights to perform their annual London season of Tragedies there. Between December 2004 and April 2005, they presented Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear and a brand new production of Euripedes' Hecuba starring Vanessa Redgrave. 

In June 2005, the Irish hit The Shaughraun opened its Noel Coward Theatre London production, however it's success at the Dublin Gate Theatre was not matched in the capital and it closed just over a month after opening. This closure was followed with a dark period of around three months before the theatre transferred to the ownership of Delfont Mackintosh Limited and reopened in October 2005 with The Right's Size's new production Ducktastic!. Once again this failed to live up to expectations and closed swiftly just three weeks after opening on 19 November 2005. A short Christmas season of Patrick Stewart's one-man version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol played between 6-31 December 2005. 

The theatre has since played host to some big names from the West End and Hollywood alike with performances from Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Judi Dench, and Ben Wishaw. Currently productions of The Full Monty, Henry V, and A Midsummer Night's Dream are on at this venerable theatre.

Travel by train: Charing Cross. Nearest tube: Leicester Square

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