THE SHOW

Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the ex-Secretary of State and his populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President. But where does compromise end and corruption begin? How far will they each go to become the most powerful man in the world?  And who in the end will be proven to be ‘the best man’?

Leading the cast is Martin Shaw. Best known to TV audience for the title roles in Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently and The Professionals, Shaw’s leading-man West End stage roles have included  Twelve Angry Men, A Man for All Seasons and The Country Girl directed by Rufus Norris.

Jeff Fahey has starred in many indie movie classics, including the title role in cult sci-fi hit The Lawnmower Man opposite Pierce Brosnan and in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. He has rarely been off our TV screens, starring in US series The Marshal and more recently in Lost. He returns to the West End stage following his acclaimed performance in Twelve Angry Men alongside Martin Shaw.

One of Britain’s finest and best loved film, TV and theatre actresses Maureen Lipman (CBE), is known on the big screen for roles such as Trish in Educating Rita and in the Oscar winning film The Pianist as well as for her wide ranging TV appearances – from the landlady of The Rover’s Return in Coronation Street, to the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost. A prolific stage actress, Lipman is an Olivier Award winner (See How They Run) and has appeared in some 20 West End productions.

Joining them is star of TV’s Wycliffe and Bill Brand, Jack Shepherd. His extensive stage career includes his award-winning performance in Glengarry Glen Ross and The Iceman Cometh at the National Theatre. Honeysuckle Weeks, best known for starring alongside Michael Kitchen as Samantha Stewart in hit TV drama Foyle’s War. Her theatre credits include The Shining Lives at the Park Theatre, Pygmalion and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Chichester Festival Theatre and A Daughter’s A Daughter in the West End. And Glynis Barber, who is known for Dempsey and Makepeace and popular roles in Night and Day and Eastenders. Her stage credits include, the original London Cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Story at the Aldwych Theatre, and The Graduate.

West End

From 24 Feb Playhouse Theatre London Book online

CAST & CREATIVES

CAST
Martin Shaw William Russell
Jeff Fahey Joseph Cantwell
Maureen Lipman Mrs. Gamadge
Jack Shepherd Ex-President Hockstader
Honeysuckle Weeks Mabel Cantwell
Glynis Barber Alice Russell
Philip Cumbus Dick Jenson
Emma Campbell-Jones Catherine/ Reporter
Jim Creighton Don Blades
Peter Prentice Delegate/ Reporter
Lynden Edwards Dr Artinian/ Reporter
Craig Pinder Senator Carlin/ Reporter
David Tarkenter Marcus Sheldon/ Reporter
Georgia Clarke-Day Female Understudy
Oliver Kaderbhai Male Understudy
CREATIVES
Simon Evans Director
Michael Taylor Designer
Chris Davey Lighting Designer
Ed Lewis Composer and Sound Designer
Hilary Lewis Costume Supervisor

Reviews

★★★★★

“5 STARS FOR A BRILLIANT PLAY, EXPERTLY PORTRAYED BY A SUPERB CAST”

– Essential Surrey

“THIS IS THEATRE AT IT’S BEST, THANKS TO BILL KENWRIGHT AND THE ENTIRE CAST FOR A STUNNING EVENING OUT.” 

– Slough and South Bucks Observer

“THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND INTRIGUING” 

– Henley Standard

“EXPLOSIVE, DYNAMIC, CONTROVERSIAL AND INTRIGUING” 

– Slough and South Bucks Observer

“AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION”

– Slough and South Bucks Observer

“EXPERTLY PORTRAYED BY A SUPERB CAST”

– Essential Surrey

“BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH”  

– Broadway World