The Young Vic’s last main stage show, The Best of Enemies, put familiar figures from the past on stage, and it is sticking to a winning formula with this new play in which Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope play two of the 20th century’s towering artistic figures: Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Anthony McCarten’s play takes us back to New York in the mid 1980s where Warhol is in decline and Basquiat is a rising star. When the two decide to collaborate, will it be a triumph or end in tears, and are they in competition or a real collaboration based on love and respect?
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. Show warnings 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.