‘A sharply written play, very well directed by John Haidar.’ The Times
‘Still very much relevant today… This is a moving, witty exploration of how even those who survive war can still become its casualties’ The Upcoming
“Steven Dietz’s witty and sharp dialogue.’ West End Wilma
‘Beautifully observed… Last of the Boys delicately grafts great big themes onto a spiky-yet-ordinary relationship drama – here everyday life oozes with ghosts of the past, both political and painfully personal.’ Exeunt
It’s the final summer of the twentieth century: The Rolling Stones are on tour and, somewhere in the Great Central Valley of California, Ben’s trailer is the last one standing.
Ben and Jeeter fought together in Vietnam. For thirty years they have been united by a war that divided the world.
Just as their reunion is getting underway, they are interrupted by Jeeter’s new girlfriend and her mother in hot pursuit. As the night deepens their shared past is thrown into focus, bringing its ghosts vividly to life. A fierce, funny, haunting play about a friendship forged by war and tested by time.
The European premiere from award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, recently placed eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, equal to Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams.
Reviews for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2005 production:
‘So blisteringly good that it should immediately be airlifted onto a Broadway stage.’ The Chicago Sun-Times
‘Heartbreakingly resonant. In its movement between present reality, memory and fantasy, it is to the Vietnam War what Angels in America was to the AIDS crisis.’ Talkin’ Broadway
Owing to illness, Demetri Goritsas has had to withdraw from this production. The part of Ben has been taken over by Nigel Whitmey who will be performing on book in the role.
Owing to illness, Demetri Goritsas has had to withdraw from this production. The part of Ben has been taken over by Nigel Whitmey.
Tuesday 24th May
The Vietnam War: On Stage and Screen
We will be joined by the celebrated film producer and long-time collaborator of Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan (The Shining; Full Metal Jacket; Eyes Wide Shut), along with Kevin Ruane, Professor of Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University, one of the UK’s leading experts on the Vietnam War. The talkback will be chaired by the director of Last of the Boys, John Haidar. Free to all audience members with a ticket to the show on the 24th May.
Photos by Ben Broomfield