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Playhouse Theatre, London4.383 reviews
Martin Shaw returns for the West End premiere of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

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Get The Best Man tickets and try to answer the question, "Does the 'best man' always win the White House?"

Written and produced on Broadway nearly 60 years ago, long before the battles of Trump vs Clinton and May vs Corbyn, The Best Man never achieved a West End transfer at the time because it was thought that American politics were of no real interest to London audiences.

Martin Shaw is William Russell, esteemed ex-Secretary of State and US presidential candidate, with something of a philandering reputation. Jeff Fahey is Joseph Cantwell, an ambitious populist newcomer, opposing Russell for the party nomination.

Running neck and neck, the only thing that might separate the candidates are endorsements from a respected Ex-President (Jack Shepherd) and party big-wig (Maureen Lipman). As the race heats up the campaign gets personal, involving Russell’s estranged wife Alice (Glynis Barber) and Cantwell’s wife Mabel (Honeysuckle Weeks). 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”?

The play mirrors the often surprising results of campaigning and the all-too-often unscrupulous world of politics.

Leading the cast is Martin Shaw. Best known to TV audiences 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.

Gore Vidal's political drama makes its UK debut, get The Best Man tickets now to catch Martin Shaw as he fights for the White House.

Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 12 will not be admitted.

Running time

2hr 30min (including interval)

Performance dates

24 February 2018 - 26 May 2018


Recommended for ages 13 and above.

Venue Information

Playhouse TheatreNorthumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

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Customer Reviews

83 reviews4.3


Very well performed, but a rather "heavy" story line to follow.

Panicking Ann30th May

Interesting insight into American politics

Peter Cornish27th May

Excellent production and performance ... seating position excellent, seats could be more comfortable. Bar selection drinks and products poor ... mainly ice cream!

Michael O'Brien27th May

Excellent cast, great play. Go see it

Julie Heard26th May

Jack shepherd owned the stage as the gritty, veteran President.

Paul Faulkner25th May

The online process was very easy. Great night out.

jannie cannings25th May

I thought the play was well played. I am especially pleased with Martin Shaws performance

Christopher Argent24th May

We did not like the play: while we knew it was political and would involve back room dealings, there seemed little enough humour to stay interest. We left at the half-time interval. We thought that that Maureen Lipman stole the show, and that the gabbling of the press was brilliantly handled though difficult to follow.

Christopher Boyles24th May

Gore Vidal’s intellect, humour and clarity were evident in every sentence. Magnificent acting. An absolutely engaging and satisfying experience.

Paul Osborne20th May

Great play written by Gore Vidal at a time of political turmoil with a good twist. Great performances by the whole cast with Martin Shaw and Jack Shepherd outstanding.

Pat Kelsall5th May

This was wonderful and I went twice. Martin Shaw is my favourite actor and I flew from Australia especially to see him and the Best Man. It was brilliant.

Jacqueline Dalgarno28th April

We enjoyed it. Topical, interesting, funny, with a nice finish. I thought the actor who took the part of 'The President' was particularly good. I'm sorry I don't have his name.