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‘Shepard's masterwork. It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius.’
New York Post
‘Sam Shepard is contemporary American drama, True West is contemporary America’
‘Shepard’s most accessible play. Scaldingly funny’
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.
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 in the searing heat of the Californian desert this critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
- Access Information
- Cancellation Policy
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
- Good To Know
The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.
Performers use herbal cigarettes throughout the performance as part of their characterization.
- How Does It Work
You will receive a booking confirmation email.
If you have chosen to collect at the venues box office, please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.
If you have chosen E-ticket, you can download your voucher from your booking confirmation. Please print your voucher – it is your ticket of admission. Bring the voucher to the theatre. We recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the show to settle into your seats.
- Suitable For Children
To be confirmed
- Performance Times
23rd November 2018 - 16th February 2019
- Where Do I Go
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo lines) Embankment (District, Circle lines)
1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188
Latest customer reviews
Really enjoy the work of Sam Shephard
22 February 2019
This was essentially a two hander play with a couple of bit parts thrown in - and I have no idea why there was the final scene with the mother - but up until that point I had thoroughly enjoyed the show and the acting. Black humour and sardonic. As I said, couldn't see the point of the final scene, so obviously I was missing something, but an afternoon well spent!
Renee Confirmed ticket purchaser
20 February 2019
Play was very slow
Jo Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 February 2019
Good performances by Johnny Flynn and Kit Harrington, some very funny moments, really enjoyed Kit's funny streak
Katerina Betsista Confirmed ticket purchaser
16 February 2019
The whole atmosphere and the set of the show really made it clear that Vaudeville hall is the heart of the west end. Seeing talented actors transform and act so naturally was amazing and inspires me as an actor . It was incredible how the actors interacted with the audience after the show as it seemed more down to earth unlike a concert or a normal show.
Hugh Bennett Confirmed ticket purchaser
14 February 2019
They are amazing! Go and see this while you still can!!!
Shane Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 February 2019
The acting was great! However, the actual story content was lacking a little for my taste.
JK Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 February 2019
Loved the play & the acting was amazing!
Sukhy Confirmed ticket purchaser
9 February 2019
True West is a must see production. It suspends time with its captivating acting,cast and direction. Johnny Flynn’s performance was superbly unforgettable,as was Kit Harrington.
Nicolette Confirmed ticket purchaser
7 February 2019
The acting was great but the script lacked depth. As if they tried to make it sophisticated but light at the same time however it was not a success. 4 us watched and we felt the same
Raise the curtains Confirmed ticket purchaser
27 January 2019
Really funny and interesting play, great time spent.
IngaC Confirmed ticket purchaser
25 January 2019
Funny, exciting and memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed this production of True West and would heartedly recommend this play as a must see!
Jill S. Confirmed ticket purchaser
Dreadful - do not bother!
14 January 2019
The first half was relatively interesting; however, the second half was appalling - dreadful; enter the mother into the scene and everything lost it's meaning. It was a complete shambles. We think that the audience were only clapping with joy that it was finally over. Save your money, and see Everyone's Talking about Jamie! The mother in the play couldn't work out what accent she should have and was just lost in translation.
Claire Lloyd-Smith Confirmed ticket purchaser
Confused and disappointed
13 January 2019
Both my friend and I were confused with the storyline. At times the audience laughed at some points in the performance and we did not understand if this was intentional. We were also left totally baffled with the ending and had to Google feedback after the show to try and find an explanation
Linda Lawrence Confirmed ticket purchaser
13 January 2019
Sam Shepard's plays are typically intense - often with a family focus- and True West is no different. Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn provide perfect character fits as the brothers who have little in common whose relationship is always on the edge. A very compelling performance.
MalWoodham Confirmed ticket purchaser
13 January 2019
A very gripping play and excellent performances. The play builds momentum into the finale and the set was brilliant. Great to see Kit Harington in another role and on the stage, although he looked very different from Jon Snow which was disturbing!
Jay Confirmed ticket purchaser
11 January 2019
Principal actors amazing, really enjoyable experience my daughter and I loved it,
S Powell Confirmed ticket purchaser
11 January 2019
I did not enjoy the play at all, one of those I wished I had left at the interval.I expected the play, to be witty and thought provoking, instead it was more like a slapstick farce.Very unbelievable and the excess of shouting was over the top. Felt sorry for the actors.
G Poxon Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 January 2019
The first half of the play was definitely Johnny Flynn's. He was menacing and manipulative but Sam Shepherd had also given him a sense of humour. He bullied and dominated his younger brother who was trying to improve his life by keeping him on the straight and narrow. The second half was Kit's after the realisation that his education and knowledge meant very little in monetary terms or being recognised for his work.
Sheila and Ken Confirmed ticket purchaser
31 December 2018
Didn't know much about this when I booked, but keen to see Kit Harrington on stage - and I wasn't disappointed! Seething resentment and sibling envy permeates this very theatrical work, a portrait of a pretty dysfunctional family. Both the leads are well known for TV roles, but are totally transformed into believeable brooding American brothers. This also has its lighter moments fuelled by the increasingly bizzare behaviour. In summary excellent entertainment over Christmas!
Peter C Confirmed ticket purchaser
Great acting, poor script
30 December 2018
Acting skills very impressive. Great accents from all the actors. Good lighting. The storyline however was not engaging, I found my attention drifting.
Bonjo Confirmed ticket purchaser
8 December 2018
Very entertaining Nice storyline Great acting
Kellip Confirmed ticket purchaser
6 December 2018
I love this play and know Shepard's work reasonably well. This telling of True West falls short of delivering the powehouse of tension and humour implicit in this play-Stakes were low - humour sparse and tension barely existent. The actors are good but in this piece they are lost and only barely get what the play is about i.e A sibling relationship and that did not come across. I did not believe them. This play is extroadinary but this production is like watching a mildly amusing sitcom.
M cotterell Confirmed ticket purchaser
6 December 2018
Having not seen the play before didn’t know what to expect. Loved the huge contrast between the personalities of the two brothers brilliantly played by Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn. As the wonderful and chaotic second act unfolded, the atmosphere changed to almost farce. A great evenings entertainment.
Maggie49 Confirmed ticket purchaser
3 December 2018
Interested to see him live on stage. Both men great acting and charisma. Would recommend if you enjoy small cast.
Eve Confirmed ticket purchaser
2 December 2018
Good show. Holds your interest
Cef Confirmed ticket purchaser
True West at the Vaudeville Theatre
1 December 2018
Afraid I can only use superlatives . A superb production of a great play. The lead actors were sensational, playing off each other with great skill. It was delightful to see their physicality change as the power play between them shifted. A great set, also, whose character changed along with the brothers. Both supporting actors were faultless. A fitting tribute to Sam Shephard.
Angela Stone Confirmed ticket purchaser
True West review
29 November 2018
Story poor - no point to it Some bad acting with lots of shouting Other people seemed to enjoy it which we didn’t understand at all Bored and disappointed
Les Confirmed ticket purchaser