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Bill Kenwright presents MARTIN SHAW in

The Best Man

by Gore Vidal

9 - 14 October 2017

The Best Man

The Best Man



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? And who in the end will be proved 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 BAFTA award-winning GEMMA JONES, best known for her roles in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Spooks and Harry Potter.

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


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    A sophisticated, elegant and damnably entertaining play! - The New Yorker

    Performances throughout are terrific ... you can’t fail to enjoy this very fine production. Go and see it – you won’t be disappointed - The Bath Magazine

    ★★★★ The script is both acerbic and witty. Sparks fly with beautifully crafted dialogue and the stellar cast make the most of every opportunity - Theatre Bath

    It’s a good old fashioned political yarn given a modern twist which adds a freshness to this all too relevant Vidal classic - Bath Chronicle

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    The guests for Wednesday's Lunch & Listen will be Gemma Jones & Jack Shepherd


    Monday - Wednesday 7.30pm
    Thursday - Saturday 8pm
    Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

    Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval


    Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £26/£31.50/ £33.50/ £36.50/ £38.50
    Sat eve: £28.50/ £32.50/ £34.50/ £37.50/ £40.50         Weds mat: £24.50/ £30/ £32/ £36/ £37


    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy. 

    Plus £1 postage

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