New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city.
As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art', the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.
Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) is the iconic Warhol and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Scandalous) plays the magnetic Basquiat in the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.
This show contains themes of racism, mental illness, death, and grief. There are references to drugs and guns, as well as use of strong language and racist language.
An intriguing insight into the minds of the artists
Packs a real punch
Humanises artistic icons
To quote one of Basquiat’s favourite expressions: boom, for real
Paul Bettany brings agony and ecstasy to the role
Fantastically enjoyable play
The pair have great chemistry
Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope excel
Interesting and effective when it probes the contrasting characters
Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope electrify