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6 1960s TVs stacked on top of each other. David Harewood is split across 2 TVs and Charles Edwards in pointng at him, also split across 2 TVs. There is white noise on the other screens
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A Young Vic / Headlong co-production

Best of Enemies

A new play by James Graham
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Mon-Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees: 2.30pm
Fri 24 Dec matinee: 1pm
Fri 31 Dec matinee: 2.30pm

Socially Distanced performances

Fri 17 Dec, 7.30pm - Audio described performance
Wed 5 Jan, 2.30pm
Wed 5 Jan, 7.30pm
Thu 6 Jan, 7.30pm – Captioned performance
Fri 7 Jan, 7.30pm
Sat 8 Jan, 2.30pm
Sat 8 Jan, 7.30pm 
Thu 13 Jan, 7.30pm – Relaxed performance

£10, £15, £32, £45

Previews: £10, £15, £23, £28 

Main House

“A man should never turn down two things. Sex, and appearing on television.”

1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal.

Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation. Little do they know they're about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever...
 
Best of Enemies is the bold new play by James Graham (Quiz, Labour of Love), directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places and Things).

Show warnings 

This show contains themes of racism, homophobia and violence. There is occasional use of homophobic and racist slurs as well as misgendering. There are references to murder, antisemitism and frequent strong language.

Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.

Best of Enemies is generously supported by The Charlotte Aitken Trust. 

Headlong’s co-commission of Best of Enemies is generously supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation and The John Ellerman Foundation.

Image Credit: David Harewood and Charles Edwards. Photos by Graham Pearson and Kofi Paintsil. Concept by Émilie Chen. 

Writer James Graham

Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

Director Jeremy Herrin

Set and Costume Designer Bunny Christie

Lighting Designer Paule Constable 

Sound Designer Tom Gibbons

Video Designer Luke Halls

Composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell

Movement Director Shelley Maxwell

Associate Movement Director Sarita Piotrowski

Casting Charlotte Sutton CDG

Voice and Dialect Hazel Holder, Gurkiran Kaur and Salvatore Sorce

Jerwood Assistant Director Annie Kershaw

Jerwood Assistant Designer Amy Finch

Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Sabrina Richmond

with Emilio DoorgasinghCharles Edwards, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, David Harewood, John Hodgkinson, Justina Kehinde, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto.

Audio described performance: Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.30pm
Captioned performance: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 7.30pm
Relaxed performance: Thu 13 Jan 2022, 7.30pm

Socially Distanced performances

Fri 17 Dec, 7.30pm - Audio described performance
Wed 5 Jan, 2.30pm
Wed 5 Jan, 7.30pm
Thu 6 Jan, 7.30pm – Captioned performance
Fri 7 Jan, 7.30pm
Sat 8 Jan, 2.30pm
Sat 8 Jan, 7.30pm 
Thu 13 Jan, 7.30pm – Relaxed performance

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