Christian Slater (Mr Robot, True Romance, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks), Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise, Love Actually, My Family), Stanley Townsend (Girl from the North Country, The Nether) and Don Warrington (Death in Paradise, Rising Damp) are the ‘deal chasing’ cut-throat sales team in David Mamet’s masterpiece, Glengarry Glen Ross.
This trailblazing modern classic, directed by Sam Yates, runs at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited 14-week season from 26 October to 3 February 2018, with a press night on 9 November.
Glengarry Glen Ross has won every major dramatic award on both sides of the Atlantic, making it an extraordinary theatrical success story. Its sensational world premiere at the National Theatre in 1983, earned it the Olivier Award for Best Play, whilst its 1984 Broadway premiere garnered multiple Tony Award nominations and just a year later, it won the Pulitzer Award for Drama. In 1992 the play was adapted by Mamet into an Academy Award nominated film featuring an all-star cast including Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jonathan Pryce. The last major West End revival starred Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen (as Ricky Roma) and Jonathan Pryce (as Levene) in 2007 at the Apollo Theatre.
At a time of fierce debate about the American Dream and what it represents, Glengarry Glen Ross is a lacerating satire for modern society, highlighting how economic austerity can affect the morality and greed of individuals under financial pressure.
Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s business as usual.
Set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen. Pitched in a high-stakes competition against each other, four increasingly desperate employees will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate. As time and luck start to run out, the mantra is simple: close the deal and you’ve won a Cadillac; blow the lead and you’re f****d.
Glengarry Glen Ross is produced by ATG Productions, Act Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.
Christian Slater (Ricky Roma) is an internationally acclaimed actor who recently won a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice award for his role in Mr Robot, for which he is also a producer. He was last on the London stage in Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Gielgud/Garrick Theatre. His other stage credits include Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl and The Glass Menagerie, opposite Jessica Lange, on Broadway. Forthcoming films include, Bjorn Runge’s adaptation of Meg Wolitszer’s novel, The Wife and Emilio Estevez’s film The Public. Previous films include King Cobra opposite James Franco, Nymphomaniac, Bobby, Windtalkers, Broken Arrow, True Romance, Very Bad Things, Heathers, He Was a Quiet Man, The Contender, Bed of Roses, Murder in the First, Interview with a Vampire, Untamed Heart, Pump Up the Volume, The Name of the Rose, Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Gleaming the Cube. His TV credits include Archer and Milo Murphy’s Law and he executive produced Very Bad Things.
Robert Glenister (Dave Moss) is best known from TV roles including Ash Morgan in Hustle, and Nicholas Blake in Spooks. His stage credits include Great Britain, Blue Remembered Hills, Ting Tang Mine, Fathers and Sons and Brighton Bach Memoirs, Never So Good all for the National Theatre, The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse, Hedda Gabler for Theatre Royal Bath, The Winterling at the Royal Court, Uncle Vanya, An Ideal Husband, The Idiot and The Voysey Inheritance all for the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, The Spanish Tragedy and Little Eyolf all for the RSC, According to Hoyle at Hampstead Theatre, The Duchess of Malfi at Greenwich Theatre, In The Heart of America, Wrecks and Crimes of the Heart at the Bush Theatre and Hamlet at Sheffield Crucible. Robert’s TV credits include Cold Feet, Paranoid, The Musketeers, Close to the Enemy, Vera, The Guest Train Robbery, Miss Marple, The Care, We’ll Take Manhattan, Hustle (series 1-8), Appropriate Adult, Moving On: Skin Deep, Law and Order, Spooks (series 6-9), George Gently, Warriors: Spartacus, Murder, Legless, Ruby in the Smoke, Sirens, Midsomer Murders, Class of 76, Between the Sheets, A Touch of Frost, Heartbeat and Only Fools and Horses. His film credits include Journey’s End, Live by Night, Cryptic, Creation, Laissez Passer, The Visitors, All Forgotten, Secret Rapture and Quadrophenia.
Kris Marshall (John Williamson) is most recognized for screen roles including Nick Harper in My Family (for which he received the Best Newcomer award at the 2002 British Comedy Awards), Colin Frissell in Love Actually, Dave in Citizen Khan and DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise. Other screen credits include Lightfields, Traffic Light, Human Target, D.O.A, Sold, Catwalk Dogs, Heist, Singled Out, Funland, My Life In Film, Murder City, Dr Zhivago, Waiting For The Whistle, Metropolis, Trial And Retribution, The Bill, Lively Lads, Stick With Me Kid, A Few Less Men, Sparks & Embers, A Few Best Men, Oka Amerikee, Meant To Be, Easy Virtue, Death at a Funeral, The Merchant of Venice, Mexicano, Deathwatch, Iris, Je T’aime John Wayne, Four Feathers, Most Fertile Man In Ireland, and Dead. Kris’s stage credits include Ugly Lies the Bone at the National Theatre, Fat Pig at Trafalgar Studios, The Revengers Tragedy at Southwark Playhouse, The Hypochondriac at the Almeida, Invention of Love at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Happy Savages at the Lyric Hammersmith, The Unexpected Guest on UK tour, Journey’s End at the Kings Head and Deathtrap on UK tour.
Stanley Townsend’s (Shelley Levene) recent stage credits include The Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, and the lead in The Nether at the Royal Court/West End. Other stage credits include King Lear, Gethsemane, Guys and Dolls and Phedre at the National Theatre, The Plough and the Stars at the Young Vic, Under the Blue Sky, The Alice Trilogy and The Shining City all at the Royal Court Theatre. Stanley’s TV credits include The Hollow Crown II, The Collection, The Tunnel (series two), Galavant, Fleming, 24 Live, Another Day, New Worlds, Quirke, Call The Midwife, The Shadow Line, Zen, Spooks, The Commander, Hustle, Waking the Dead and Sherlock. His film credits include Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, One Chance, Lovely Louise, Killing Bono, Happy Go Lucky, Into The West, In The Name of the Father, The Van, Tulse Luper and The Libertine.
Don Warrington’s (George Aaronow) stage credits include King Lear and All My Sons at the Royal Exchange, Driving Miss Daisy on UK tour, A Statement of Regret and The Mysteries at the National Theatre, Elmina’s Kitchen at the Garrick Theatre and The Merchant of Venice for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Don’s TV credits include Henry IX, Death In Paradise, The Five, The Ark, Chasing Shadows, Lewis, This Is Jinsy, Waking the Dead, Going Postal, Casualty, Law & Order, Diamond Geezer, Sunny D, New Street Law, Doctor Who, The Crouches, London and Manchild, All Star Comedy Show, Trial and Retribution, The Aramand Lannucci Show, Arabian Knights, Backup and The Professional Tusk Force. His film credits include You, Me & Him, Voodoo Magic, The Glass Man, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Land of the Blind, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Black Xxxmas, Tube Tales, The Lighthouse, Eight and A Half Women, The Seventh Scroll, Babymother and Hamlet. As a director, Don’s credits include Rising Damp UK Number 1 Tour, Rum and Coca Cola for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Coloured Museum for Talawa Theatre Company at the V&A.
Sam Yates (Director) is currently directing Desire Under the Elms, which runs at the Sheffield Crucible from 21 September. Other directing credits include Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre, Cymbeline with Pauline McLynn & Joseph Marcell at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, East is East with Jane Horrocks & Ayub Khan Din at Trafalgar Studios followed by two national tours, The El. Train with Ruth Wilson at Hoxton Hall, Billy Liar at the Royal Exchange, Cornelius at the Finborough Theatre and 59E59 New York and Mixed Marriage at the Finborough Theatre. Sam’s screen credits include The Hope Rooms with Ciarán Hinds & Andrew Scott (Rather Good Films, Bill Kenwright Films, winner Grand Prize Future Filmmaker Award, RIIFF 2016); Cymbeline with Hayley Atwell, All’s Well That Ends Well with Lindsay Duncan & Ruth Wilson, and Love’s Labour’s Lost with Gemma Arterton & David Dawson (The Complete Walk, Shakespeare’s Globe). Yates directed two music videos for Ivor Novello-nominated band Bear’s Den, Emeralds and Auld Wives (MTV’s A-list). For radio he directed Ecco featuring Hayley Atwell (BBC Radio 4). In 2016 he was voted one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow having previously featured as rising star in theatre in The Observer, and in GQ Magazine’s Men of the Next 25 years for theatre.
David Mamet (Playwright) is the author of the plays November, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include Faustus, Red River by Pierre Laville and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and Redbelt (writer/director). Mamet is also the author of Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children’s books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat. His most recent books include True and False, Three Uses of the Knife, The Wicked Son, and Bambi Vs. Godzilla.