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Starring Zachary Quinto and David Harewood. The critically acclaimed play comes to the West End following a sell-out run at the Young Vic.

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“Playwright James Graham has a gift for illuminating pivotal, but sometimes forgotten or overlooked moments in history, and shining a light on them in a way that makes us look at ourselves and the times we live through. His latest, co-produced by Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin, looks back to 1968 and the presidential election which Republican Richard Nixon won. But like the 2015 documentary of the same name which inspired it, Best of Enemies focuses on the 10 televised debates between William F Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal. They were by all accounts rivetingly great TV, but did they change the nature of political discourse forever? And was that change for good or ill?”
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Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. James Graham’s sold out, multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed new play Best of Enemies transfers to the West End this autumn.

Zachary Quinto - best known for his roles in Star Trek, Heroes, The Boys in the Band - makes his London stage debut playing left-wing icon Gore Vidal, alongside David Harewood (Homeland, Super Girl, Ten Percent) reprising his role as the right-wing figurehead William F. Buckley Jr

“A man should never turn down two things. Sex, and appearing on television.”

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...

Best of Enemies is the bold new play by James Graham whose celebrated new BBC drama Sherwood has just concluded its first series and recent stage successes include Quiz, Labour of Love and Ink. His work makes him one of the UK’s most exhilarating and celebrated writers. Best of Enemies is directed by award-winning Jeremy Herrin (The Glass Menagerie, This House, People, Places and Things).

This show contains themes of racism, homophobia and violence.

Best of Enemies London tickets

Best of Enemies transfers to the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre after a hugely successful debut at the Young Vic. Inspired by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s 2015 documentary, the play tells the story of two political opposites and the debates that captured the attention of a nation during the 1968 United States presidential election. This exciting new London show will star Zachary Quinto and David Harewood as Gore Videl and William F. Buckley Jr.

Garnering five-star reviews and multiple awards, Best of Enemies became a hot ticket during its time at the Young Vic and is bound to be in demand when it hits the West End from November 14. Book tickets now and be one of the first to see this fantastic new production.

Zachary Quinto and David Harewood in new London show Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies explores a fascinating period of America’s political history and a series of debates that encapsulated the political landscape of a nation. The year is 1968, and as two men battle for the position of President, the attention of America is on another competition: a series of debates between intellectuals Gore Videl and William F. Buckley Jr., televised for all to watch. Videl’s left-wing values come up against Buckley’s right-wing doctrine in a fierce battle of beliefs that, unbeknownst to the two of them, are about to change televised news forever.

Zachary Quinto stars as Vidal in this new London show. Quinto is best known for his roles onscreen as Sylar in Heroes and Spock in Star Trek. He has starred in stage productions of Angels In America and The Glass Menagerie, and most recently joined the cast of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles. Best of Enemies marks his West End debut.

David Harewood will play Buckley. Best known for his roles as David Estes in Homeland and Martian Manhunter and Cyborg Superman in Supergirl, Harewood has received an OBE for services to drama. Transferring with the production from the Young Vic, Harewood has been praised for his fascinating portrayal of the conservative Buckley.

Best of Enemies London creative team

Best of Enemies boasts a script by acclaimed writer James Graham. Graham has written for celebrated TV projects such as Sherwood and Brexit: The Uncivil War. His stage credits include In This House and Labour Of Love. Best of Enemies is directed by award-winning director Jeremy Herrin.

The show is based on the Academy Award-nominated documentary Best of Enemies by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Best of Enemies theatre tickets are available now

Best of Enemies comes to the Noël Coward Theatre from 14 November. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Best New Play 2022 award, it promises to be an exhilarating night of theatre that reminds us how important it is in these divisive times to listen to one another. Fifty years on from the 1968 election by which it is inspired, its message is just as relevant as ever.

Book now to see this celebrated production as soon as it hits the stage.

Critic reviews

It’s some great writing performed really well

Exeunt (From 2021)

Fast-paced portrait of a clash between two titanic egos

· The Arts Desk (From 2021)

David Harewood and Charles Edwards are phenomenal in James Graham’s love letter to America’s chaotic late ’60s

· Time Out (From 2021)

Here come the gladiators

· The Times (From 2021)

It is a huge achievement

· WhatsOnStage (From 2021)

A dazzling new play set in the seething 1960s, but has much to say about the 2020s

· Broadway World (From 2021)

A hit from start to finish

· The Upcoming (From 2021)

A topical treat that fizzes with angry energy

· Londonist (From 2021)

Pushes the boundaries of what can be done on stage

· Independent (From 2021)

Superb study of media and politics

· The Guardian (From 2021)


· The Stage (From 2021)

Dynamic new play

· Evening Standard (From 2021)

Packs a real punch

· The Telegraph (From 2021)

Thought-provoking and resonant drama

· London Theatre (From 2021)
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Date & time

Opening 14 Nov
Mon 14 Nov 2022 - Sat 18 Feb 2023
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Audio Described:
3 December 2022, 2.30pm

10 December 2022, 2.30pm

Please note:
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. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
Runtime: 2 hrs 24 mins


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From Young Vic run, photo by Wasi Daniju
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From Young Vic run, photo by Wasi Daniju
From Young Vic run, photo by Wasi Daniju
From Young Vic run, photo by Wasi Daniju
From Young Vic run, photo by Wasi Daniju
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