The Best Man

Playhouse Theatre

The Best Man

24 Feb 2018 - 12 May 2018

£18.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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? And who in the end will be proven to be “the best man”?


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“Startling in its thrilling topicality... Spellbinding interplay... akmes for great drama... Shaw offers a tour-de-force. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Both Shaw and Fahey inhabit the parts with conviction... A work of gradually mounting heft – as well as a very sharp ending.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“The surprise is just how much pertains to America today... Bracing enough to induce a useful shudder.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Highly entertaining drama... seems both nostalgic and topical... Vidal captures well the machiavellian machinations.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Vidal’s portrait of political infighting, blackmail and power‑broking rings as true now... Shaw is solid... Barber: a revelation”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Reek of authenticity... ratchets up the tension... Evans’s production is richly detailed, perfectly paced and splendidly cast.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Thought-provoking and moderately gripping... Few actors can convey kindly rectitude as convincingly as Shaw.”

Alun Hood (What's On Stage)

“Pertinent, if inert, staging... Shaw does a very solid job as he dignified Russell... Lipman is very entertaining.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Despite its relevance and frightening accuracy the production feels somewhat safe... Shaw: a strong, impassioned performance.”

Debbie Gilpin (Broadway World)

“Theatrically pretty inert... timely, yes, and a solid production, but it simply never feels that urgent.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“For all the creaks of its plotting... quite a watchable account of political in-fighting... Unlikely to make your heart race.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Feels, in the banter, the jokes, the dirty tricks and the moralistic storyline, like a precursor to The West Wing.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Shaw: poignantly mines the complexities of his decent, troubled character... Lipman: a perfectly honed comic turn.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Falls slightly flat... should crackle with the electricity of ideas bouncing off one another, but at times feels like a seminar.”

Joe Vesey-Byrne (Independent)

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