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The Hills of California

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Booking from
Saturday, 27 January 2024

Booking until
Saturday, 15 June 2024

Running time
3 hours (incl. interval)

The Hills of California

Take one Jez Butterworth. Stir in some Sam Mendes. What do you get? Pure magic. The Hills of California is the creative duo’s latest masterpiece and it’s all set to be a big hit for 2024, on at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited run from January to June. The setting is the super-hot summer of 1976, when the UK’s rivers and reservoirs dried up and the people sweltered. The place is Blackpool. The guest house is called Sea View, but there are no sea views. You can’t see the sand for the crowds and the seafront is packed solid with revellers. The Webb Sisters have come home to their mum’s guest house, where she’s dying in bed upstairs.

The Webb family is played by four seasoned actors. Laura Donnelly’s work on The Ferryman, The Nevers, and Outlander delighted us. She’s joined by Leanne Best of Sweat, Ripper Street, and Line of Duty fame. Ophelia Lovibond played starring roles in Minx, W1A, and The Effect, and Helena Wilson wowed us in Vogue World, Jack Absolute Flies Again, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. The rest of the cast are Bryan Dick, Shaun Dooley, Corey Johnson, Richard Lumsden, Natasha Magigi, Nancy Allsop and Sophia Ally, plus Alfie Jackson, Lara McDonnell, Lucy Moran and Nicola Turner. Prepare for a classy play you won’t forget.

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Great stage set, powerful acting
Excellent set. Interesting storyline with flashback scenes. Ending felt slightly open ended after all the passion shown through out.
Corinne, 03 Apr 2024
Very good new play…needs cutting
Laura Donnelly was excellent. Supporting cast good also. Too long. Taking out 30 mins would only improve it. Some nice twists. Good accents throughout. Theatre very, very hot. Seating much too tight for today’s audience members. Uncomfortable, and because people were getting fidgety because the show was so long…the old seats creaked and groaned for the last 30 mins. Distracting. Standard of acting and technicals very high. Good, detailed set. Not much scope for lighting - but hit every mark. Sound very good. Enjoyable evening. (Play not as good as The Ferryman, in my humble opinion.) It needs a discerning dramaturg.
Tony, 15 Mar 2024
Life playing out
Beautifully crafted; realistic unfolding of a family's drama played out sensitively but boldly.
Caron, 09 Mar 2024
Solid show; nostalgic
Wonderful themes around family dynamics, womens' experiences and holding on too tightly to our pasts. Funny and heart-wrenching, if somewhat underwhelming at the end. I wanted a little more intensity.
Martha, 29 Feb 2024
A faultless & wonderful play
This play will receive loads of accolades & quite right too
Laurence, 03 Feb 2024