Broadway celebrity Christian Slater returns to the West End to star in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning Glengarry Glen Ross.
The play is a delirious, frenzied, profanity-filled amoral comedy. It shocked and delighted viewers when it came to the big screen in 1992 for an adaptation featuring Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon.
This hotly-anticipated revival of Mamet’s boisterous tale of lies, greed and corruption opens at the Playhouse Theatre this October. With its larger-than-life characters and risky, adrenaline-fuelled situations Glengarry Glen Ross will leave you reeling and wanting more. This really is unmissable theatre.
Broadway’s Christian Slater plays smooth-talking Ricky Roma. Slater recently won a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice award for his role in ‘Mr Robot’, for which he is also a producer. He was last on the London stage in Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Gielgud/Garrick Theatre. Other theatre credits include Spamalot and The Glass Menagerie.
Slater is joined by Kris Marshall, Don Warrington, Robert Glenister, Stanley Townsend, Daniel Ryan and Oliver Ryan.
Marshall plays office manager John Williamson and is most well-known for his portrayal of Nick Harper in ‘My Family’, for which he received the Best Newcomer award at the 2002 British Comedy Awards, Colin Frissell in ‘Love Actually’, and DI Humphrey Goodman in ‘Death in Paradise’.
Warrington (George Aaronow) has appeared in King Lear and All My Sons at the Royal Exchange, the UK tour of Driving Miss Daisy, and A Statement of Regret and The Mysteries at the National Theatre. TV credits include ‘Death In Paradise’, ‘Lewis’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Doctor Who’.
Glenister (Dave Moss) is known for playing Ash Morgan in BBC One’s ‘Hustle’, and Nicholas Blake in ‘Spooks’. His stage credits include Great Britain, Blue Remembered Hills and Ting Tang Mine. Townsend’s (Shelley 'The Machine' Levene) recent theatre credits include The Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, and The Nether at the Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre.
Daniel Ryan’s (Lingk) stage credits include The House They Grew Up In at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, The Mouse and His Child, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard III.
Oliver Ryan’s (Baylen) stage credits include Dr Faustus, As You Like It, Hamlet, Mojo, Little Eagles, Morte D’Arthur and The Grainstore at the RSC.
Glengarry Glen Ross opens a window into the lives of a group of cut-throat Chicago salesmen, Levene, Roma, Moss, and Aaronow. They have chosen to participate in a high-stakes competition against each other. Their job is to sell undesirable Florida real estate with misleading pastoral names, like Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms, at an inflated price.
The salesman who sells the most will win a Cadillac, and the two who perform the worst will be fired. While Roma is a brilliant dealer, the other three struggle. As time goes on, these men will do anything, legal or otherwise, to ensure that they sell more than their co-workers.
This play sways your understanding of right and wrong as the rotten heart of our society is exposed and venerated at the same time. You’ll find yourself as seduced by the ingenious deceptions of the four main characters as their gullible buyers.
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