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This production will begin performances on 11 September 2024.

'Jez Butterworth's magnificent, moving new play... Rich, funny, brilliantly layered drama'
'Sam Mendes' beautifully paced production surfs time, place and mood and is gloriously acted'

Financial Times

In the sweltering heat of a 1970s summer, the Webb sisters return to their childhood home in Blackpool, an English seaside town, 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 favorite won’t let them down this time.

The run-down Sea View Guest House is haunted by bittersweet memories of amusement park rides and overdue bills. Back in the 1950s, each night the girls rehearse their singing act, managed by their fiercely loving single mom. But when a record producer offers a shot at fame and a chance to escape, it will cost them all dearly. With stunning design and glorious music, The Hills of California is “a rich, funny, brilliantly layered drama.” (Financial Times).

'Devastatingly moving, bitterly funny, tender, cruel and wise'

The Stage

“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...”

Following their triumphant production of The Ferryman, Tony®-winning Playwright Jez Butterworth and Oscar and Tony-winning Director Sam Mendes reunite for The Hills of California.

'Witty, closely observed study of family relations and of the cycle of birth and death, impeccably performed by both young and older cast members'

Evening Standard


Casting to be announced. 



SAM MENDES – Director

ROB HOWELL – Designer

NATASHA CHIVERS – Lighting Designer

NICK POWELL – Sound Designer, Composer and Arranger

ELLEN KANE – Choreographer

CANDIDA CALDICOT – Musical Supervisor and Arranger

AMY BALL CDG – UK Casting Director

VERITY NAUGHTON CDG – UK Young Persons' Casting Director

JIM CARNAHAN CSA US Casting Director

ZOÉ FORD BURNETT – Associate Director

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