Playhouse Theatre

The Best Man

Show & Venue Information

Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 12+

As audiences flock to the West End in 2018 they will be in for a treat at the Playhouse Theatre, with Gore Vidal’s 1960 play getting its first run of performances in the capital.

Recent years have proven the nation’s love of political dramas, with the work of writers like James Graham and Peter Morgan finding large audiences. So now is a great time for The Best Man, Gore Vidal’s exploration of the US Presidential Primaries, to make its way to the capital.

It boasts an impressive cast for its West End run, with Martin Shaw and Jeff Fahey playing the political rivals William Russell and Joseph Cantwell. Meanwhile, Maureen Lipman is also playing a big part alongside Glynis Barber, Jack Shepherd and Honeysuckle Weeks.

Under the direction of Simon Evans they bring life to a story that takes us back in time and introduces us to the key players of the primary season. William Russell is relentless in his ambition to take his place at the top of the party’s ticket for the Presidency, but to get there he must face Joseph Cantwell, who also wants the nomination. Along the way both candidates go to great lengths to match their ambitions.

This will be must-see event in London’s West End this year, with some top names bringing the characters to life and the name Gore Vidal ensuring plenty of political aficionados will want to make their way to the Playhouse Theatre. As it is the first time West End audiences have had a look-in, expect it to get a lot of attention.

The Best Man runs at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre in 2018.

Location & Travel

Address: Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE - Get directions


Nearest Tube

Tube Lines
District, Bakerloo, Northern, Circle

Directions to theatre
(2mins) Follow Embankment Place right under the bridge; turn right onto Northumberland Avenue and you’ll see the theatre.


Buses: (Whitehall) 3, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176

Night Buses: (Whitehall) 12, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N18, N20, N44, N52, N91, N97, N109, N136, N381; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N47, N87, N89, N155, N343, N550, N551


Charing Cross


Trafalgar (10mins)

Show & Venue Information

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Avenue

Booking From

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Booking To

Saturday, 26th May 2018

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes

Age Restrictions

Suitable for ages 12+

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