THE STAR of hit US drama The Wire will be appearing in this season’s revival of Simon Gray’s dark comic Butley at the Theatre Royal Brighton this week.
Dominic West who plays Butley is joined by Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who) and Penny Downie (RSC Hamley, Invictus) and will transfer to the West End immediately after its Brighton run.
The story follows Ben Butley who is having a monumentally bad day. So bad, he is making sure everyone else has a worse one. His estranged wife has taken up with the most boring man in London. His beloved protégé has found a new benefactor. And in an unprecedented act of betrayal, even the English department’s resident failure has a book deal.
Butley’s trusty arsenal – mischievous irony and gleeful troublemaking – have never failed him yet. Might they finally prove to be weapons of his own tragic self-destruction?
BUTLEY premiered in 1971 in Harold Pinter’s award-winning production starring Alan Bates at London’s Criterion Theatre. Forty years on, West takes the lead in this razor sharp and darkly comic assault on the soft underbelly of academia.
Dominic West played the character of Jimmy McNulty in five seasons of The Wire from 2002 to 2008. His other screen credits include The Devil’s Whore, Centurion and 300. His theatre credits include The Seagull (Old Vic), As You Like It (West End), The Voysey Inheritance (National) Rock “n” Roll (West End) and Life is a Dream (Donmar).
Paul McGann will play Reg Nuttall. His first major role was as Percy Topliss in the BBC series The Monocled Mutineer. Best known for his role in Withnail and I and as the eighth Doctor in Doctor Who, Paul’s theatre work includes Helen (Globe Theatre) and Mourning Becomes Electra (National Theatre).
Tickets are priced at £24-£33. Call box office on 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee)
www.ambassadortickets.com/brighton Ticket prices £24 - £33
The show runs until Saturday May 28.