Full casting announced for West End revival of True West
| By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
(Updated on Feb 20, 2019)
The West End revival of Sam Shepard’s True West, which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre this November, has just announced its full casting. The news comes after a previous announcement that Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and musician Johnny Flynn would be starring in the smash-hit drama. See the full cast list below.
Pictured: Game of Thrones’ lead star Kit Harington stars in True West
It has just been announced that Madeleine Potter and Donald Sage Mackay will be joining Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and South African-born musician Johnny Flynn in True West. Potter will take on the role of Mom while Mackay will star as Hollywood producer Saul Kimmer. Previously announced Harington and Flynn will play brothers Austin and Lee respectively.
Madeline Potter’s most notable stage credits include Pygmalion at the Roundabout Theatre, An Ideal Husband on Broadway and in the West End, All My Sons at the National Theatre and the Broadway production of The Crucible. Mackay most recently starred in Angry Alan in Edinburgh and has also appeared in A Moon for the Misbegotten at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
True West is set in the California desert and tells the story of Austin, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and his brother Lee, a vagabond who robs houses for a living. After the two brothers finally reunite after five long years, the play begins to shift into an exploitation of the human condition when we see Austin, an established careerist who has all his ducks in a row, slowly become driven mad as his limits are tested by his brother's poor lifestyle choices.
The True West revival is directed by Matthew Dunster, who is best known for directing the 2015 production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, which starred Johnny Flynn. True West originally ran at the Tricycle Theatre in London back in 2015 and received a fleet of rave reviews and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
The show features set and design by Jon Bausor, sound design by Ian Dickinson, and lighting design by Joshua Carr. Co-star Johnny Flynn wrote the original music for the production.
The star-studded revival of True West opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on 23 November and is booking until 16 February 2019.
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