Best of Enemies Tickets London Theatre

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Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.

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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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“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 (Quiz, Labour of Love), directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places and Things).

Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.

Critic reviews

It’s some great writing performed really well


Fast-paced portrait of a clash between two titanic egos

· The Arts Desk

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

· Time Out

Here come the gladiators

· The Times

It is a huge achievement

· WhatsOnStage

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

· Broadway World

A hit from start to finish

· The Upcoming

A topical treat that fizzes with angry energy

· Londonist

Pushes the boundaries of what can be done on stage

· Independent

Superb study of media and politics

· The Guardian


· The Stage

Dynamic new play

· Evening Standard

Packs a real punch

· The Telegraph

Thought-provoking and resonant drama

· London Theatre
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Date & time

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Thu 2 Dec, 2021 - Sat 22 Jan, 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm


66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ London, UK · Get Directions

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