Audiences have under four weeks left to catch David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre, after the all-star cast sealed the deal with critics and audiences alike. Under the superb direction of award-winning director Sam Yates, this darkly funny production of Mamet’s finest play, must end on 3 February 2018.
Set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesman, the multi-award winning actor Christian Slater (Mr Robot – 2016 Golden Globe award-winner for Best Supporting Actor), gives a “masterclass in masculine awfulness” (Time Out) as the ruthless salesman Ricky Roma.
With standout performances, the deal chasing sales team is completed by Robert Glenister as Dave Moss, Kris Marshall as John Williamson, Stanley Townsend as Shelley Levene and Don Warrington as George Aaronow, alongside Daniel Ryan as Lingk and Oliver Ryan as Baylen, in this David Mamet masterpiece.
At a time of fierce debate around the American Dream and what it represents, Glengarry Glen Ross has never been more pertinent than when it was first staged in 1983. This revival, with its lacerating satire, highlights how economic austerity can affect the morality and greed of individuals under financial pressure, and Mamet’s writing still resonates with modern society.
The play won every major dramatic award on both sides of the Atlantic, making it an extraordinary theatrical success story. Its sensational world premiere at the National Theatre in 1983, earned it the Olivier Award for Best Play, whilst its 1984 Broadway premiere garnered multiple Tony Award nominations and just a year later, it won the Pulitzer Award for Drama. In 1992 the play was adapted by Mamet into an Academy Award nominated film featuring an all-star cast including Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jonathan Pryce.
REVIEW: Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre) ★★★★
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