★★★★ ‘The play is cracking… Guy Unsworth’s production is seamless… the crowning glory is the acting’
★★★★ ‘gripping… this is the kind of play you’ll see once and want to go straight back for more.’ Whatsonstage.com
‘a major coup… a terrific production’ The Stage
‘Andrew Whipp is hugely charismatic’ Whatsonstage.com
‘his compelling turn at the Southwark Playhouse in Farragut North confirms it: Max Irons, son of Jeremy (and Sinead Cusack), has got star quality’ The Telegraph
‘Max Irons is definitely a young actor to watch’ Evening Standard
‘Shaun Williamson is excellent’ Whatsonstage.com
‘compelling work from Rachel Tucker’ The Stage
‘Aysha Kala is deftly enigmatic’ The Independent
‘Josh O’Connor delivers a comic gem of a performance’ The Independent
Stephen Bellamy (Max Irons) is a bright young man with a ruthless political ambition. At twenty-five, he is already press secretary to a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He is self-confident, charismatic and strategically brilliant; a player on a meteoric rise to the top. But when Stephen receives an unexpected phone call at a crucial period in the campaign, a decision made in the heat of the moment unleashes a chain of events even he can’t control.
Farragut North is an extraordinary journey into the underworld of politics from Beau Willimon, head writer of the hit US version of House of Cards. Farragut North was adapted into The Ides of March, featuring an Oscar-nominated screenplay written by Beau Willimon and George Clooney and directed by George Clooney. This year, it comes to Southwark Playhouse for its UK Premiere, directed by Guy Unsworth and produced by Peter Huntley Productions (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Floyd Collins, The Belle’s Stratagem).
Playwright Beau Willimon is currently executive producer and show-runner of Netflix’s original series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. His play Farragut North, became the basis for the motion picture screenplay The Ides of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Ides of March earned Willimon an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it won The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay. Other plays include Lower Ninth, which premiered at the Flea Theater in New York and was produced in London as part of the Donmar Trafalgar season in 2010, and Spirit Control, which premiered in November 2010 at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
Willimon was a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace-Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship and won the Seymour Brick Memorial Playwriting Prize. He was named 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse and he is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award.
Recently he co-founded Westward Productions, a film and television production company, with Jordan Tappis. Forthcoming projects include Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen, a film adaptation of Ibsen’s play Master Builder, developed by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory and directed by Jonathan Demme. Westward is also developing two documentaries: Odyssey, about adventure traveller Karl Bushby’s quest to circumnavigate the globe on foot, and Westerly, about Westerly Windina, a transgender Australian woman formerly known as legendary pro-surfer Peter Drouyn.
Guy Unsworth is currently Associate Director on Spamalot (Playhouse, West End) and Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Directing credits include Marguerite (Tabard), Fresher – the Musical (Pleasance, Islington and Edinburgh – MTM:UK Award for Best New Musical), Sleeping Beauty (Beck Theatre, Qdos), The Ghost Train (Lost), Play-in-a-Day series (London Bridge Tunnels), Up2D8 (Edinburgh Fringe), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Cockpit), Disco Pigs (Paul Clements Studio), Deadly Sins (Landor), Elephant Song, Canadian Tuxedo (Bridewell), The Bear Who Paints (Pleasance Edinburgh), Into the Woods (Sandfield), Proof (New – Directors Guild Award for Best New Director), Humble Boy, 24hrs (New), Sweet Smell of Success, Picking Up the Pieces, Company (Arts Ed.), The Good Person of Sichuan (Mountview), Metamorphosis (BADA), Merrily We Roll Along, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Kissing Dance, Lucky Stiff (Urdang), The Laramie Project, Into the Woods (Liverpool Theatre School).
Other credits include Co-Book Writer with Alain Boublil for 2012 revival of Marguerite, Resident Director on Dandy Dick (Theatre Royal Brighton and UK Tour), Spamalot (UK tour & Harold Pinter, West End), Creative Associate on Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program (Vaudeville, West End), Assistant Director on The Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park), Tick, tick…BOOM! (Duchess, West End), Oleanna (Bolton Octagon).
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Post show Q&A with members of the company.
This will take place after the 8pm performance and will start at approx. 10.30pm.