James Graham’s Better of Enemies is about in London’s West Finish

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James Graham’s Best of Enemies is set in London’s West End

After a debate between a staunch conservative and an iconoclastic liberal during the 1968 presidential election, the work premiered at the Young Vic last year.

David Harewood and Charles Edwards in Best of Enemies at the Young Vic
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Following its world premiere at London’s Young Vic last year, Best of Enemies will follow with a transfer to the West End, set to begin in November at a cinema to be determined. Written by James Graham (Ink, Labor of Love) and based on Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s 2015 documentary of the same name, Best of Enemies focuses on a series of televised debates between staunch conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential election.

Jeremy Herrin will once again be at the helm after directing the Olivier-nominated world premiere of Young Vic, with the casting and creative team to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Young Vic production, which ran at the London Theater from 4 December 2021 to 22 January 2022, starred David Harewood and Charles Edwards as Buckley and Vidal respectively, alongside Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson and Justina Kehinde , Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle and Sam Otto.

Herrin’s creative team included 2022 Tony Award-winning set designer Bunny Christie (Company), lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Tom Gibbons, video designer Luke Halls, composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell and motion director Shelley Maxwell. Charlotte Sutton did the casting.

Visit BestofEnemiesPlay.com for more information.