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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. 

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after booking.


2 hours 30 mins (including interval)


How Does It Work

Please print confirmation email and bring along with you to your performance. 

Suitable For Children

Not suitable for under 12s


Performance Times

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

    25 May 2018

    Great play seats spacious (back of stalls) bonus we ordered our interval ice creams from our seats and they were delivered to us,

    M Newey Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 23 May 2018

    Thought it was very well done, it got better and better as it went along didn’t see the end coming . !! Martin Shaw was very good , worth seeing

    Pridey Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • An American in London

    22 May 2018

    Delightful. Some wonderful acting. The story has aged well and seems just as fresh as the day it was first performed.

    Stuart Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Wonderful production

    22 May 2018

    A well judged script by Gore Vidal. Martin Shaw, Glynis barber, Jack Shepherd, Honeysuckle Weeks, Maureen Lipman and Jeff Davey turn in powerful performances, with loads of humour and quips. Shows the shady side of US politics. Sly, masterful political manipulations and machinations abound until the Best Man wins (or does he?). Shaw plays Bill Russell, a senator seemingly bound for the White House, against a formidable foe, Southern senator Joe Cantrell. There was mention that women didn't vote in 1860 when Lincoln was elected and even a hundred years later, by 1960, the girls weren't expected to go for any public office but they do weald considerable background influence. It's been on since February at the Playhouse but coming to the sad end of its run up to the late May bank holiday.

    Berengaria Confirmed ticket purchaser