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The Spoils

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The Spoils at the Trafalgar Studio One

Jesse Eisenberg, the popular American actor, author, playwright and comedian, delivered an instant TV hit with his comedy drama series Get Real. The Spoils is the third play he's written and starred in, something he loves doing. It's on at the wonderfully intimate Trafalgar Studio 1, this is his British theatre début and the character he's playing couldn't be more unpleasant!

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The Spoils

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Booking from: Friday, 27 May 2016
Booking until: Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar

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Ben, the lead character played by Jesse Eisenberg, is rich. He has that infuriating sense of entitlement that some wealthy people develop. And he's horribly narcissistic. He has been thrown out of grad school. He relies on his family for money. He bullies everyone he comes across, including his mild-mannered and earnest Nepalese room mate Kalyan, played by The Big Bang Theory's hilarious Kunal Nayyar. As you can imagine, it is not exactly a winning combination. Nobody likes Ben. He even dislikes himself.

Ben's softer side emerges when he thinks about the girl he's always had a crush on. But even his soft side is awful – when he realises she's about to marry someone else, a banker, his mission is clear: to destroy their relationship and win her back. The resulting story of five young people in New York is a highly personal, moving and fascinating one, with a very funny core.

The New Group, in association with Lisa Matlin, presents the play, which has already gathered plenty of critical acclaim. It scored a big off-Broadway hit. The New York Times calls it, "Engrossingly acted and impeccably staged.” Time Out awards it four coveted stars, saying “The cast of Scott Elliott’s razor-sharp production is stellar.” The New York Post calls it a “triumph” and the Huffington Post adds their voice, saying, “Eisenberg has created an intriguing and provocatively emotional group of characters. The New Group strives to present theater that is 'adventurous, stimulating and now' and The Spoils fits their creed quite nicely."

What does the actor and playwright think? According to an interview in The Guardian, he said, “I do several different things and theatre acting is by far the most taxing, exhausting and nerve-wracking. I suppose it’s the most rewarding experience, although sometimes the rewards feel overwhelmed by how emotionally and physically taxing it is.

In his Guardian interview the actor-playwright confessed he was, “thrilled, honoured and nervous” to be in the West End. He shouldn’t be. By all accounts it's a winner, praised by the New York Times for being “engrossingly acted, impeccably staged”. If you love cringe humour, you'll adore this.

If you've ever had a toxic 'friend' like Ben, or know someone else who does, you'll recognise the score. He's horrible, but he feels alienated from his social group, which makes him lash out. At the end of the play you'll either despise him or find sympathy in your heart of hearts for someone so totally incapable of being a decent human being! Either way it's hugely entertaining.

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Important Information

Kunal Nayyar will not be appearing in performances from 1st to 13th August. 

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