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The Best Man


By Gore Vidal

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? 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”?

One of the UK’s best loved actors, MARTIN SHAW leads a star-studded cast. Best known for his TV roles in Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently and The Professionals, he returns to the stage after his West End triumphs which include An Ideal Husband, Twelve Angry Men, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and A Man for All Seasons.

JEFF FAHEY, American movie star whose films include The Lawnmower Man and TV series Lost co-stars alongside one of Britain’s finest and best loved film, TV and theatre actresses MAUREEN LIPMAN (CBE). Best known on the big screen for roles such as Trish in Educating Rita and in the Oscar winning film The Pianist. A prolific stage actress, Lipman is an Olivier Award winner (See How They Run) and has appeared in some 20 West End productions.

Joining them is JACK SHEPHERD, whose extensive career includes his celebrated roles in Wycliffe and Bill Brand; HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS who starred alongside Michael Kitchen as Samantha Stewart in Foyle’s War and GLYNIS BARBER, best known for Dempsey and Makepeace, Night and Day and EastEnders. 

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2 hours 30 mins (including interval)


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Suitable For Children

Not suitable for under 12s


When Can I Go

Saturday 24th February to Saturday 12th May 2018

Evening Performances: Monday - Saturday at 19:45

Matinee Performances: Thursday & Saturdays at 15:00 


Where Do I Go

Playhouse Theatre 

Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE

Playhouse Theatre

Latest customer reviews

  • The Best Man

    22 April 2018

    Still relevant for today. Strong performances, particularly from Honeysuckle Weeks.

    H F Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great cast, great acting.

    22 April 2018

    I loved this. The play is well written and could reflect politicians now. This is a great cast and the acting was superb. The only reason for not giving five stars was the inability to maintain the accents by some characters.

    Helen Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • The Best Man

    22 April 2018

    Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth going to see - Martin Shaw was excellent

    Liz Reed Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Brilliant actors

    21 April 2018

    This play was full of famous people, loved seeing them live, make sure you get seats close to the stage.

    Shirley Confirmed ticket purchaser