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While the title alludes to Hollywood glamour (and indeed the Johnny Mercer song of the same name), Butterworth's story is in fact set in the British seaside town of Blackpool. It's the long, hot summer of 1976, and two sisters have returned to their dying mother's run-down guest house one last time.
Further details and casting are yet to be announced.
Butterworth is one of the most exciting playwrights of, well, forever. His 2009 play Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance, continues to be heralded as the greatest play of the 21st century. He last collaborated with Mendes on his 2017 play The Ferryman, which was also a big hit, transferring to the West End and Broadway after an opening run at the Royal Court, and earning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards.
The show is being produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street, with 1,000 tickets being made available at £10 to NHS and key workers, as well as educational groups, those receiving government benefits and food-bank users.
Tickets to The Hills of California are now on sale – click here to book.
|What||The Hills of California, Harold Pinter Theatre|
|Where||Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
27 Jan 24 – 15 Jun 24, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|