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True West archiveTwo contrasting visions of America, imagined through the different characters of two brothers: Southern California. Austin, a Los Angeles screenwriter, is house-sitting for his mother while he puts the finishing touches to his current scriptwriting project. His hopes for peace and quiet disappear with the arrival of Lee, a small-time crook and drifter or as he would have it: 'desert survival expert'. When a Hollywood producer arrives to discuss Austin's project, Lee hijacks the meeting with a pitch for a Western based on his own, exaggerated life. The producer is browbeaten into offering Lee a big-bucks advance and Austin agrees to put his brother's vision into words. But their rivalry is too much for them and the tension rises into a dramatic finale. A devastatingly realistic power struggle from inside the mind of 'the bucking bronco of American theater'.


Author: Sam Shepard

Archive listings for True West

Work type: Play.


Director Matthew Dunster. Design Jon Bausor. Lighting Joshua Carr. Sound Ian Dickinson. Performer Kit Harington (Austin). Performer Johnny Flynn (Lee). Performer Madeleine Potter (Mom). Performer Donald Sage Mackay (Saul Kimmer).
23 Nov 18 to 23 Feb 19Vaudeville Theatre, West End :: V417
listing details L0808395357


Director Steven O'Shea. Performer Will Cooper. Performer Stuart Lee. Performer Martin Ryan. Performer Janice Jones.
19 Jan 18 to 27 Jan 18New Venture Theatre, Brighton :: V661
listing details L642572494


A raucous re-imagining of Sam Shepard's True WestCompany Lone Twin.
26 Feb 15Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
listing details L47402572


Producer Tricycle Theatre. Director Phillip Breen. Design Max Jones. Sound Andrea J Cox. Lighting Tina McHugh. Performer Eugene O'Hare (Austin). Performer Alex Ferns (Lee). Performer Steven Elliot. Performer Barbara Rafferty.
4 Sep 14 to 4 Oct 14The Kiln (formerly Tricycle Theatre), Inner London :: V250
listing details L1396391026


Producer Citizens Theatre. Director Phillip Breen. Design Max Jones. Lighting Tina MacHugh. Music Andrea J Cox. Sound Andrea J Cox. Director Renny Krupinski (fight). Performer Steven Elliot (Saul Kimmer). Performer Alex Ferns (Lee). Performer Eugene O'Hare (Austin). Performer Barbara Rafferty (Mom).
29 Oct 13 to 16 Nov 13Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
listing details L790666378


Producer Crucible Theatre. Director Paul Miller. Design Hayden Griffin. Lighting Paul Pyant. Sound John Leonard. Performer John Light. Performer Nigel Harman. Performer Abigail McKern (Mom). Performer John Schwab (Saul Kimmer).
13 May 10 to 5 Jun 10Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L1515766600


Contains strong languageCompany Sterts Theatre Company.
29 Nov 07 to 1 Dec 07Sterts Arts Centre, Liskeard :: V878
listing details L890971749


Running time 80minsCompany Assembly Theatre. Company Comedians' Theatre Company. Director Maggie Inchley. Performer Phil Nichol. Performer Dave Johns. Performer Tom Stade. Performer Laura Brook.
5 Aug 06 to 28 Aug 06Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh :: V01847651945
listing details L01890943148
6 Jul 06 to 8 Jul 06Menier Chocolate Factory, Outer London :: V341546307
listing details L200088704


Producer Lyric Theatre. Director Jimmy Fay. Design Ferdia Murphy.
9 Mar 05 to 3 Apr 05Lyric Theatre, Belfast :: V552
listing details L01815484400


Director Ian Hastings.
11 Mar 04 to 3 Apr 04The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
listing details L938988128


Producer Lyric Theatre. Director Jimmy Fay. Design Ferdia Murphy.
5 Mar 04 to 3 Apr 04Lyric Theatre, Belfast :: V552
listing details L0362447612


Producer Old Vic. Director Wilson Milam. Design Dick Bird. Lighting Neil Austin. Performer Phil Daniels. Performer Andrew Tiernan. Performer Jane Lowe. Performer Jim Dunk.
31 Oct 03 to 22 Nov 03Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
listing details L2021955908


Company Big Cat Theatre Company. Director Joel Froomkin.
1 Mar 99 to 7 Mar 99The Rosemary Branch, Inner London :: V333
listing details L02121358398
1 Mar 99 to 7 Mar 99The Rosemary Branch, Inner London :: V333
listing details L570466007


Director Jennie Darnell. Design Will Hargreaves. Lighting Jason Taylor. Performer Adrian McLoughlin. Performer Jacqueline Morgan. Performer Derek Riddell. Performer Michael Shaw.
4 Jun 98 to 20 Jun 98Playhouse, Salisbury :: V923
listing details L612648769
to 11 Jul 98Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L387267453

Other listings

17 Apr 24 to 19 Apr 24Arts Centre Theatre (ACT) - formerly Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen :: V586
listing details L84021565
21 Jan 12 to 28 Jan 12Garrick Theatre, Stockport :: V504
listing details L1749679775
30 Jul 99Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
listing details L1174382912


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