The Best Man

The Best Man has Martin Shaw leading the cast in the timely UK premiere of Gore Vidal’s award-winning political thriller about ambition, political scandal, ruthlessness… and the race for the white house.

Born into a distinguished political family, Gore Vidal was a prolific writer known for the waspish wit, which peppered his essays, novels, screenplays and Broadway plays. Among his most famous works are Myra Breckinridge and Lincoln. The Best Man premiered on Broadway in 1960 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’. Vidal adapted it into a film with the same title in 1964 starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, and Lee Tracy who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the crafty ex-President. The play received a major revival on Broadway in 2012 starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, and earned two Tony award nominations including ‘Best Revival of a Play’.

The Best Man running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black is one of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989.

Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kips enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed.

Hill’s novel has become a staple piece of literature on many school curricula, with many classes experiencing the play to aid their studies. Despite the success of the book and the films, there is no substitution for seeing the spine-tingling horrors of The Woman in Black live, on-stage.

Book your The Woman in Black tickets, playing at The Fortune Theatre today.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon was written by the creators of the cult TV hit South Park, The Book of Mormon has been playing in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre since 2013. It has fully established itself as one of London’s most popular musicals and one of the hottest tickets in town. Heralded "the best musical of the century" by the New York Times when it opened on Broadway in 2011, Mormon arrived in London to instant success, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

The show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. It features hilarious songs like “Hello”, “All American Prophet”, “I Believe” and “I Am Africa”.

Choreography for The Book of Mormon is by Casey Nicholaw, who co-directs the show with Parker. Nicholaw is renowned in musical theatre and his work is currently also on display in the West End production of Aladdin. He is known for his high energy production numbers and unique skill at staging musical comedy.

The Ferryman

The Ferryman unfolds over a single day and night, it is a leisurely, dense drama, played in three acts (with one interval and an extended pause) across over three hours. But though it takes its time, it doesn't feel long; on the contrary, like a good TV boxed set drama, you want to keep watching, as we meet the Carney family in 1981 Armagh preparing for that year's harvest festival. But the past is coming back to haunt them, when the body of patriarch Quinn's missing brother turns up after 10 years. Quinn's reclusive wife has retreated into herself, while the brother's wife Caitlin and her son have moved in with them.
Sam Mendes' alternately boisterous and reflective production is teaming with life (plus a death or two), and has the bonus of a real baby, bunny rabbit and even a live goose. That gives it a stunning sense of verisimilitude; but the cracking dialogue and the richly detailed and finely etched performances of the entire cast, led by film actor Paddy Considine in his confident but unassuming stage debut as Quinn, make you feel like you are living inside the play, not just watching it.