Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Best of Enemies in London's West End? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Best of Enemies in London's West End?

Zachary Quinto makes his West End debut opposite David Harewood in the James Graham play.

David Harewood, John Hodgkinson, and Zachary Quinto in rehearsal for Best of Enemies Johan Persson

James Graham's Best of Enemies officially opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in London's West End November 28, and the reviews are rolling in.

Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the BandStar Trek) makes his West End debut in the work as Gore Vidal, opposite David Harewood (HomelandSuper Girl), who reprises the role of William F. Buckley, Jr. from the play's 2021 run at London's Young Vic.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things, Wolf Hall Trilogy, This House), the cast of the West End transfer also includes Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle, and Sam Otto with David Boyle, Lincoln Conway, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Jamie Hogarth, and Saaj Raja.

The play is set in 1968 America as two men fight to become the next President, but eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal.

Read the reviews below.

BroadwayWorld (Cindy Marcolina)

City A.M. (Adam Bloodworth)

Daily Mail (Lizzie May)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

TimeOut London (Alice Saville)

The Times (Clive Davis)*

UK Daily News (Aliza Elliott)

WhatsOnStage (Sarah Crompton)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The production also has designs by Bunny Christie with lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Tom Gibbons, video design by Max Spielbichler, composition by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, movement direction by Shelley Maxwell, casting by Charlotte Sutton and Jim Carnahan, voice and dialect coaching by Hazel Holder, and associate direction by Annie Kershaw.

This production is brought to the West End by Second Half Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Wessex Grove, the Young Vic Theatre, and Headlong with executive producers Wagner Johnson Productions.


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