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Harry Clarke – Lead a double life with Billy Crudup
Are you ready for Harry Clarke? Your venue is the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre and the show is a wickedly funny production transferring to London from March, coming to the capital direct from sell-out seasons in New York and Los Angeles.
This is Billy Crudup’s West End debut as well as the one man show’s UK premiere. Crudup’s performance in the US earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award and an Obie. Directed by Leigh Silverman, this keenly-awaited show is on stage in theatreland from 13th March to 11th May 2024.
What's the story behind Harry Clarke?
Playwright David Cale grew up in Luton, dropped out of secondary school and didn’t make it as a singer in a band. Like Harry Clarke he changed his name before moving to New York City, a theme that turned up in his play We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time. A keen writer of song lyrics, poetry and monologues, he turned his hand to playwriting and solo performance.
Cutting a long and fascinating story short – check it out on Wikipedia – 2017’s Harry Clarke is one of fifteen remarkable plays, sealing his status as a bit of a genius. Winner of too many coveted awards to list and a talented performer in his own right, his character Harry Clarke is quite simply fantastic: funny, charming, and thrilling. Not to be missed.
About Harry Clarke
Socially awkward, lie-telling barista Philip Brugglestein decides to leave the American Midwest for New York City. But he isn’t just changing places, he’s changing personalities. Adopting the persona of a charming, confident Londoner called Harry Clarke, he decides to con his way into the hearts of a wealthy New York family.
Crudup plays 19 parts over 80 minutes to deliver something special, another piece of magic from a brilliant playwright played by the perfect actor for the role. As he said to San Jose News in 2023, “It’s part charm show, it’s part thrill ride, and then it’s a claustrophobic attack in the style of film noir.”
The creative team includes scenic design by Alexander Dodge and costume design by Kaye Voyce. The lighting is by Alan C Edwards, with sound from Bart Fasbender. David Cale wrote the original tunes. The vocal coach is Deborah Lapidus and the dialect coaching from Deborah Hecht and Jessica Berman.
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Playing at Ambassadors Theatre
12+ but with parental guidance. Anyone aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Production contains coarse language and references to sexual situations.