True West will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre beginning November 23 prior to an official opening December 4, marking the first U.K. production of Shepard’s work since his death last summer. Performances will continue through February 16, 2019.
Olivier nominee Matthew Dunster (Hangmen, Love And Money) will direct the play, which pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
In a statement, Dunster said, “There is something dangerous about True West. It’s always unsettled me. I was always scared of reading it. Fearful of its burning content but also of its brilliance. When Sam Shepard died I went back to it and I knew I had to find a way of doing it. And I have questions about the play: Is it about two brothers, or is it about how we all grapple with two sides of ourselves, thought by thought, dream by dream? Was the promise of the 'West', or is the promise of any mythical dream, really 'True'? You need the very best actors to take this kind of play on. You preferably need two actors who can sniff the danger and are prepared to be unsettled and to unsettle. To have Kit and Johnny with me to ask the questions, and to take on these roles in Shepard's masterpiece, is as exciting as my job gets.”
Additional casting and creative team members will be announced.
True West is produced by Smith & Brant Theatricals and Empire Street Productions.