Best of Enemies (West End)
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Best of Enemies (West End)
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Best of Enemies (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

83%
(83 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

About the Show

Zachary Quinto & David Harewood star in James Graham's U.S. political drama.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (83)

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68 Reviews | 7 Followers
95
Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love a terrific mix of media, slick staging and David Harewood being wonderful. Or want to see how we moved towards political soundbites

Don't see it if you experience sensory overload (there are loud noises, music and flashing lights at points). But the soundtrack is terrific & Andy Warhol!

108 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like politics and current affairs. Very topical show. Thought provoking and balanced in its approached. Great acting and good staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like politics. You’re not interested in the impact of media in society.

178 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like plays with politics and media themes. Reminded me of the Network movie.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy verbose plays. Would need your full attention

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
90
Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want a clever crackling play

Don't see it if you don't like plays with heavy dialogue

56 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Witty, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be brought to a moment in time.

Don't see it if You find politics dull.

50 Reviews | 2 Followers
88
Historical, Great acting, Informative, Political, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of 20th Century History, and want to see great acting performances

Don't see it if you aren't into history or politics

Nic
621 Reviews | 109 Followers
87
Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you love a good political play based on real events and starring exceptional actors. The entire cast was fantastic.

Don't see it if you hate political subjects.

161 Reviews | 30 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy political shows with very intense dialogue and at times difficult to follow themes and threads- interesting and engaging.

Don't see it if you don’t want to engage with politics, or you can’t look past a few pretty suspect accents.

Also The acting, aside from a few accent drops, was solid throughout and the script managed to be thoughtful, hard hitting and funny when it needed to be. It was intense and relevant enough to keep the audience engaged for the entire duration and I could easily have sat through another half an hour or so if the show had anymore to say for itself. Zachary Quinto and John Hodgkinson in particular were phenomenal. The only jarring moment was when the media analyst appeared at the end- a pretty unnecessary plot device that did little to move the plot along.

Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
November 29th, 2022

"I really can’t fault Herrin’s bold, pacy production, or the canniness and flair of Graham’s writing here. Bravo."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 30th, 2022

"Both actors are restricted by the highly stylised roles they play, but they never become impersonations."
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 30th, 2022

"If there’s a failing, it’s that almost too much research gets stuffed in, the action channel-surfing between pop-up primers, archive footage, cameos, angsty strategising and more."
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The Times (UK)
November 28th, 2022

" 'Best of Enemies' isn’t just a treat for political geeks: it’s a compelling human drama, as wild and unruly as the decade it brings so passionately to life."
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WhatsOnStage
November 29th, 2022

"It's a finely-etched portrayal in a play that is full of brilliant insight. It's also essentially theatrical...That makes me want to punch the air."
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The Arts Desk
December 3rd, 2022

"I was transfixed by this play 11 months ago in its smaller, cosier Off West End setting, as I was again the other night, notwithstanding a disconcerting broadness to some of the supporting performances and a level of amplification new to me in a non-musical."
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London Theatre
November 29th, 2022

"Zachary Quinto is a superb addition to this fiery, thought-provoking political drama."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
November 28th, 2022

“Best of Enemies finds parallels between American politics then and now; a line about ‘the most disastrous man in the country’ rising to power if he makes good TV, gets an extra wry laugh from the audience. It is, for the most part, a thrilling and revealing look at past events that have paved the way for a future we now find ourselves living in.”
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