The Collaboration Tickets London Theatre

The Collaboration Tickets

“Boxers are like painters, both smear their blood on the canvas.”

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“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?”
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Overview

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.

Critic reviews

Powerful performances

· Londonist

An intriguing insight into the minds of the artists

· The Upcoming

Packs a real punch

· The Times

Humanises artistic icons

· The Stage

To quote one of Basquiat’s favourite expressions: boom, for real

· Evening Standard

Paul Bettany brings agony and ecstasy to the role

· The Telegraph

Fantastically enjoyable play

· The Independent

The pair have great chemistry

· Broadway World

Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope excel

· The Guardian

Interesting and effective when it probes the contrasting characters

· WhatsOnStage

Engaging recreation

· The Arts Desk

Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope electrify

· Time Out
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Date & time

Show ended
Wed 16 Feb - Sat 2 Apr 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
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