True West

by Sam Shepard, directed by Phillip Breen

A modern classic by one of America’s most renowned living playwrights, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

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And the one who's chasin' doesn't know where the other one is taking him. And the one who's being chased doesn't know where he's going. 

Tricycle Theatre's acclaimed production of Sam Shepard's masterpiece of American theatre.

Written by one of America's most renowned living playwrights, Sam Shepard's modern classic stars Alex Ferns (Legend, Wallander, EastEnders) and Eugene O'Hare (Prometheus, The Fall, Red Velvet) as estranged brothers in this masterpiece of American theatre.

Austin ‘the achiever’, an earnest screenwriter on the verge of success, is working on a script he has sold to a Hollywood producer while house-sitting for his mother in LA. When his brother Lee ‘the drifter’ and petty thief decides to stop by, he pitches his own idea for a movie and convinces the producer to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western tale.

Now they must work together to secure the deal. But with mistrust and jealousy bubbling under the surface and the heat of a Californian night melting away their inhibitions, their own flaws threaten to get in the way.

Following a successful run at Glasgow Citizens Theatre, "Phillip Breen's thrillingly performed production" (The Guardian) was brought to London's Tricycle Theatre in a transfer described by The Telegraph as "an enthralling production of a true classic.


Searingly good... A revival which always holds its nerve. 

The Guardian

Brilliant... An enthralling production of a true classic. 

The Daily Telegraph


The Times

Excellent...absurdly funny. 

Financial Times

Sam Shepard's combustible masterpiece, revived in a constantly alert, eventually scorching production. 

The Stage


Captured live at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in September 2014.

Originally produced by the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

Production photography © Pete Le May

Contains strong language and violence.


Available with English language Captions by Stagetext.


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