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Jez Butterworth's new play The Hills of California, directed by Sam Mendes, to come to the West End

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street present a new play by Jez Butterworth, directed by Sam Mendes, The Hills of California.

Following their multi-award-winning triumph, The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth, writer of Jerusalem, and Sam Mendes, director of The Lehman Trilogy, return to the West End to bring you The Hills of California. The latest play from the acclaimed playwright will run at Harold Pinter Theatre, for a limited season, from 27 January 2024.

Casting for the production will be announced in due course.

This house. It’s called ‘Sea View’. It’s just I’ve looked out of every window, and you can’t. You can’t see the sea.

Blackpool, 1976. The driest summer in 200 years. The beaches are packed. The hotels are

heaving. In the sweltering backstreets, far from the choc ices and donkey rides, the Webb

Sisters are returning to their mother's run-down guest house, as she lies dying upstairs.

The creative team for The Hills of California is Writer: Jez Butterworth, Director: Sam

Mendes, Designer: Rob Howell, Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers, Sound Designer,

Composer 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.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street deepen their commitment to making theatre

more accessible, offering 1,000 tickets at £10 to NHS and key workers, those who are in

receipt of government benefits, educational groups, community organisations, and those

who currently access food banks. They are supported by Ambassador Theatre Group’s

Creative Learning team. Organisations can register their interest via ATG’s West End

Creative Learning Producer: Conor Hunt on

Tickets go on sale Friday 20 October at 12pm. Sign up for pre-sale access to tickets at, on sale from Wednesday, 18 October, 12pm.

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