Photos: Go Inside West End Rehearsals of Jez Butterworth's New Play The Hills of California | Playbill

Photo Features Photos: Go Inside West End Rehearsals of Jez Butterworth's New Play The Hills of California

The piece, premiering this month, reunites the playwright with director Sam Mendes, who directed Butterworth's The Ferryman.

Nancy Allsop, Sophia Ally, Lara McDonnell, and Nicola Turner Mark Douet

Get a first look at Jez Butterworth's newest work, The Hills of California, with new rehearsal photos for the West End production, set to begin performances January 27. 

Butterworth's new family drama will play the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited run through June 15. An official opening night is slated for February 8. The piece reunites Butterworth with director Sam Mendes, with whom he worked on the award-winning West End and Broadway engagements of The Ferryman. See the rehearsal photos for The Hills of California in the gallery below.

Set in 1976's Blackpool, The Hills of California takes place in the driest summer in 200 years, with beaches and hotels packed to capacity. Far from the tourist thoroughfares, the Webb Sisters cram into the guest house of their former home as their mother lies dying. 

The cast will include Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman), Leanne Best (Sweat), Ophelia Lovibond (Minx) and Helena Wilson (Vogue World), joined by Bryan Dick, Shaun Dooley, Corey Johnson, Richard Lumsden, Natasha Magigi, Nancy Allsop, Sophia Ally, Alfie Jackson, Lara McDonnell, Lucy Moran, and Nicola Turner. Casting is by Amy Ball with young person's casting by Verity Naughton.

In addition to Mendes, the creative team includes designer Rob Howell, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer, composer, and arranger Nick Powell, choreographer Ellen Kane, musical supervisor and arranger Candida Caldicot, and associate director Zoé Ford Burnett.

The piece is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street, who will offer 1,000 tickets at £10 to NHS staff and key workers, those who are in receipt of government benefits, educational groups, community organizations, and those who currently access food banks.


Photos: Rehearsal Images of the UK's The Hills of California

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