News: Four Weeks Left To See The Hills of California

May 17, 2024
News: Four Weeks Left To See The Hills of California

The Olivier-award nominated play, The Hills of California, written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes is approaching its final four weeks in London’s West End, finishing on the 15th June. The award-winning duo, Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes brought The Hills of California to the West End in February and have received critical acclaim and rave audience reviews from the production.

The Hills of California received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for Jez Butterworth and a Best Actress nomination for Laura Donnelly.

What is a song? A song is a dream …  A place to be. Somewhere you can live. And in that place, there are no walls. No boundaries. No locks. No keys. You can go anywhere…

In the sweltering heat of a 1970s summer, the Webb sisters return to their childhood home in Blackpool, where their mother Veronica lies dying upstairs.

Gloria and Ruby now have families of their own. Jill never left. And Joan? No one’s heard from her in twenty years… but Jill insists that their mother’s favourite won’t let them down this time.

The run-down Sea View Guest House is haunted by bittersweet memories of Oven Bottoms and overdue bills. Back in the 1950s, each night the girls rehearse Andrews Sisters songs for their act, managed by their fiercely loving single mum. But when an American record producer offers them a shot at fame and a chance to escape, it will cost them all dearly.

The full cast are; Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman, The Nevers, Outlander), Leanne Best (Sweat, Ripper Street, Line of Duty), Ophelia Lovibond (Minx, W1A, The Effect) and Helena Wilson (Vogue World, Jack Absolute Flies Again, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern) as the Webb family, who are joined by Bryan Dick, Shaun Dooley, Corey Johnson, Richard Lumsden, Natasha Magigi, Nancy Allsop, Sophia Ally, Lara McDonnell, Nicola Turner, Will Barratt, Georgina Hellier, Alfie Jackson, Lucy Moran, Stevie Raine, Jasmyn Banks, Jessica Elisa Boyd, Monica Faldes, William Lawlor and Angela Phinnimore.

The creative team for The Hills of California is Writer: Jez Butterworth, Director: Sam Mendes, Designer: Rob Howell, Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers, Composer, Sound Designer and Arranger: Nick Powell, Choreographer: Ellen Kane, Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Candida Caldicot, Casting Director: Amy Ball, Young Person’s Casting Director: Verity Naughton and Associate Director: Zoé Ford Burnett.

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