Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in the West End premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s modern classic True West.
The first UK production of Shepard’s work since his death last summer, True West will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018 to 16 February 2019 (press night is 4 December). Olivier-nominated Matthew Dunster (Hangmen, Love And Money) will direct True West.
Harington – renowned for his leading role in the internationally acclaimed series Game of Thrones – and Flynn – star of the film Beast and US TV series Genius, and who has just received rave reviews for his performance in the New York transfer of Hangmen – will star as warring brothers Austin and Lee.
Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines, he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences…
Set against the searing heat of the Californian desert, Shepard’s critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
Director Matthew Dunster commented:
“There is something dangerous about True West. It’s always unsettled me. I was always scared of reading it. Fearful of its burning content but also of its brilliance. When Sam Shepard died I went back to it and I knew I had to find a way of doing it.
“You need the very best actors to take this kind of play on. You preferably need two actors who can sniff the danger and are prepared to be unsettled and to unsettle. To have Kit and Johnny with me to ask the questions, and to take on these roles in Shepard’s masterpiece, is as exciting as my job gets. I can’t wait!”
Additional casting and creative team for True West to be announced.
Kit Harington has starred as Jon Snow since 2011 in the award-winning HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Just before graduating at the Central School of Speech & Drama in 2008, Harington won the lead role of Albert in the National Theatre’s London production of the smash hit War Horse (also West End). Other theatre credits include Laura Wade’s Posh (Royal Court) and the Jamie Lloyd-directed production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, playing the title role. In 2018 Harington was the executive producer on the miniseries titled Gunpowder, also playing his real‐life ancestor on his mother’s side, Catholic rebel Robert Catesby who was part of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Johnny Flynn is an actor, composer and songwriter who has worked extensively across film, television and theatre. Theatre credits include The Heretic (Royal Court, Jerusalem (West End, Olivier nomination), The Low Road (Royal Court), Richard III and Twelfth Night (Globe/West End). Flynn’s most recent theatre appearance was in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, originating at the Royal Court and later transferring to the West End. He reprised his role of Mooney in this year’s transfer to New York. TV credits include Genius: Einstein (National Geographic), Lovesick (Netflix), Brotherhood (Big Talk/Comedy Central), The Nightmare World Of HG Wells (Clerkenwell Films) and Detectorists (Channel X/BBC4). Flynn recently played the protagonist Pascal in feature film Beast.